Inspire, a Digital Performance
Available for Streaming On November 7,
starting at 7 p.m. for 24 hours

Above: Ballet Arizona’s 20/21 Season opens with the digital performance Inspire. 

On November 7, from the comfort and safety of your home, enjoy an hour of beautiful classical ballet, innovative contemporary dance and exciting new works performed by the talented dancers of Ballet Arizona. Performing on the Dorrance Theatre stage, the show will be available to view virtually. In addition to the four performances, you’ll have an opportunity to peek behind the curtain and see these accomplished dancers as they warmup backstage. The company can’t wait to perform for you and share the beauty and passion that defines Ballet Arizona!

The Inspire program will include four pieces:

Pas de Sept, choreography by August Bournonville

August Bournonville, was a dancer, ballet master and choreographer at the Royal Danish Ballet. Best known for La Sylphide and Napoli (both performed by Ballet Arizona), his work remains an important link with earlier traditions. He resisted many of the excesses of the romantic era ballets in his work and is noted for his egalitarian choreography, which gave equal emphasis to both male and female roles at a time when European ballet emphasized the ballerina. Many of his contemporaries explored the extremes of human emotion, while Bournonville, using enthusiastic footwork and fluid phrases in his work, portrayed a more balanced human nature.

Pacopepepluto, choreography by Alejandro Cerrudo

In the March 2018 Today’s Masters program, Ballet Arizona performed Pacopepepluto. Alejandro Cerrudo’s piece is composed of three male soloists playing Paco, Pepe and Pluto (hence the name of the ballet). Pacopepepluto playfully showcases technical talent as the men shake their booties (in thongs, no less), then gracefully land some of the most difficult jumps, spinning as much as four times with perfect extension.

Inner Layers, Pas de Deux, choreography by Nayon Iovino

Nayon Iovino, a dancer and choreographer with Ballet Arizona, created his first work in 2013 for Ballet Arizona’s Artist Relief Fund performance. Shortly after, he was invited by the company director to choreograph a new work for Ballet Arizona’s production Innovations. Nayon’s works created for the company include Inner Layers, Rigged Games, Threads, Inherent, Resonance, and 9 o’clock. His works created for the Artist Relief Fund include Ow, Office Groove, Rituals, and Tremodi. Iovino, recognized by AZ Central as an “Up and Coming Artist Under 40” and named “Best Choreographer” by the Phoenix New Times, was one of only three choreographers selected to participate in the prestigious 2019 spring session of the New York Choreographic Institute.

Goldberg Variations 1, choreography by Ib Andersen

Jerome Robbins, who choreographed and created stage productions for the New York City Ballet (NYCB) into the ‘70s, premiered this piece in May, 1971. The Goldberg Variations is a choreographic tour de force that pays homage to Johann Sebastian Bach’s epic score by unifying the traditions of classical and modern movements in one monumental ballet. Johann Gottlieb Goldberg’s name became attached to the work only because he happened to be the private harpsichordist to Count Keyserling, who commissioned the music. The Count, who was troubled with insomnia, asked Bach to write music he could listen to during his sleepless nights, and it was Goldberg, a pupil of Bach’s, who played the variations for him. No doubt Ib Andersen’s tenure at NYCB included working with and exposure to Robbins’ productions, which inspired him to choreograph Goldberg Variations 1 ballet.

Inspire, a Digital Performance
Streaming on November 7 at 7 p.m.
Through November 8 at 7 p.m.
For tickets, priced at $20, visit