The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation Presents
BALLET UNDER THE VIRTUAL STARS
Goes Digital on January 23

For over 20 years, Ballet Arizona has presented Ballet Under the Stars in August. Serving as a kick-off to each year’s new season, the event welcomes both balletomanes and newbies of all ages to experience a professional ballet performance. Held at a variety of Valley park locations, this beloved program is free to the public. While the pandemic has altered the venue for this tradition, Ballet Arizona has chosen to proceed in a virtual format, continuing to share the joy of dance.

Above: Ballet Arizona dancers perform Goldberg Variation 1. Photo by Tzu-Chia Huang.

Ballet Under the Stars is one of our favorite performances throughout the year,” says Samantha Turner, executive director of Ballet Arizona. “The show must go on! We will bring these performances to the Valley in the safest and best way we know how, despite the circumstances – virtually, with interactive elements.”

Four ballets will be included in the virtual program: Pas de Sept choreographed by August Bournonville; PACOPEPEPLUTO  with choreography by Alejandro Cerrudo; Inner Layer choreographed by Ballet Arizona dancer/choreographer Nayon Iovino; and Goldberg Variations 1, with choreography by Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen. 

Above: Ballet Arizona dancers perform August Bournonville’s Pas de Sept. Photo by Tzu-Chia Huang. 

In addition to some behind-the-scenes features, viewers will be treated to a performance by children participating in Ballet Arizona’s education and community engagement program, Class Act. Class Act is a project that combines the experience and leadership of Ballet Arizona’s professional dancers with the creative imagination of students from local schools to create, choreograph, and perform new dance works. Due to the pandemic, this year’s class act program was completed entirely online this year to minimize contact and keep our students and teachers safe. 

On Saturday, January 23 at 5 p.m., an online adaptation titled Ballet Under the Virtual Stars, will be presented as a digital livestream. This one-hour performance, which features both classical and contemporary dance, is generously presented by the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation. Virtual attendees will have a 24-hour viewing window through Sunday, January 24 at 5 p.m. on Ballet Arizona’s YouTube channel.

Above, left to right: Ballet Arizona dancers Katherine Loxtercamp, Ricardo Santos and Tiffany Chatfield will host a live post-show chat.

As an added bonus, a live post-show chat at 6 p.m. will follow the performance. Ballet Arizona dancers Katherine Loxtercamp, Ricardo Santos and Tiffany Chatfield will share what is required to prepare, rehearse, and perform professionally. 

You are invited you to watch and enjoy this special performance from the comfort and safety of your home. For more information, visit balletaz.org

Ballet Under the Virtual Stars will be available to stream on the Ballet Arizona YouTube Page on January 23 at 5 p.m. 

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