BRBT Spring Concert to feature Act III of The Sleeping Beauty

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will perform Act III of The Sleeping Beauty as a part of its Spring Concert on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will perform Act III of The Sleeping Beauty as a part of its Spring Concert on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The mixed bill performance will also include three contemporary works: Decisions, choreographed by Edgar Anido, through the reeds, by Julia Boudreaux Mayo and… and i have chosen this, by Mina Estrada.

This production will feature internationally-acclaimed guest artists and award-winning local dancers.

Tickets range from $30 to $35 with a special rate of $20 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, the River Center Box Office or by calling BRBT at (225) 766-8379.

Act III of The Sleeping Beauty is Aurora's wedding and features storybook characters, including Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf and Puss and Boots.

Guest artists Jun Tanabe and Kaori Fukui, courtesy of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, will perform the Act III grand pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty as well as the pas de deux from Flames of Paris.

Tanabe began his dance training in Japan and continued at The Rock School of

Pennsylvania Ballet. He has received numerous awards, including first prize in the 20th All-

Japan Ballet Competition and second and third prizes in the Youth America Grand Prix New York Final in 2006 and 2007.

Fukui also began her training in Japan where she won first prize in the Kobe Dance Competition and third prize in the 20th All-Japan Ballet Competition. She recently won the silver medal at the Korean International Ballet Competition.

Additionally BRBT alumna and Texas Ballet Theater company apprentice Meredith Broussard will dance the role of Princess Florine performing the bluebird variation in Act III of The Sleeping Beauty.

For more information about the Spring Concert or Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, please contact Nicole Naquin or Leigh Phillips at (225) 766-8379 or via email at nicole@batonrougeballet.org or leigh@batonrougeballet.org.

BRBT's programs are supported in part by funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program. Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre is a member organization of the Community Fund for the Arts.

About the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre: The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre (BRBT), under the direction of Molly Buchmann and Sharon Mathews, is a non-profit organization that promotes and assists the advancement of classical and contemporary dance by maintaining a performing company, presenting a high quality season, providing dance education, and community outreach. Since 1960, BRBT has nurtured hundreds of award-winning local dancers and choreographers while continuing to bring world-class professional artists to the Baton Rouge Stage.