PRESS RELEASE: June 2008:
RKB TWO PUBLIC PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, July 31, 8pm, at Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid. Tickets are $12, $17, and $20, Reservations: LPCA Box Office: 518-523-2512
Choreographer Rebecca Kelly has long been using dance to celebrate the sheer beauty of the moving form while observing and exploring human challenges and social issues. In the summer tour program brimming with contrasts and vitality, Rebecca Kelly Ballet’s (RKB)’s performances will reveal the buoyancy of the human spirit in love and loss, and in sheer fun.
Adding zest to the program will be this year’s collection of Summer Spice. Begun in 1995 inspired by and to celebrate the unique qualities and multi-cultural heritage of RKB dancers, it demonstrates “a wealth of inventiveness. Hysterically comic, some of the most frantically eccentric jazz ever conceived, a combustible performance…” wrote Back Stage,…“left us beaming all the way home with its original dabs of ethnicity as well as bravura.” The 2008 collection includes the limberjack inspired Chili Peppers (Uthman Ebrahim and Emily Adams) and the sultry duet Tsali (Mona Afable, Royce Zackery), the whirling and spinning solos of Cinnamon (Therese Wendler) and Paprika (Raul Peinado), the hilarious Achiote Latin-flavored quartet, culminating in the rousing athletic ensemble piece Masala.
Writing in Water (2008) uses the ephemeral nature of dance as a metaphor. With a cast of 3 women, the ballet is set to the final movement of Beethoven’s impassioned last string quartet, the Grosse Fugue, written when Beethoven was completely deaf.
Long Time Passing (2007) was inspired by searingly honest letters to family and friends from a mine sweeper stationed in Iraq during 2007. The ballet flows across three points in time depicting the agitation before the Iraq War began, when the soldiers were shipping out, and now, when they should be coming home.