Coming to The Smith Centre

The truly spectacular Nevada Ballet Theatre presents Firebird at The Smith Centre for a 2 night special on the 16th & 17th February.

NBT’s mid-winter program begins with Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird, the striking, animated tale of young Prince Ivan, his two loves and the sorcerer whose evil spell must be undone. George Balanchine’s pretty-in-pink Raymonda Variations follows, with its indisputable charm and dazzling movement. Next is a pas de deux from Light Rain by Gerald Aprino. The NBT performance of this work is part of the Joffrey/Arpino Festival celebrating the lives of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Aprino by having organizations nationally and internationally perform their works. Finally, NBT is honoured to present Crane/ing, a World Premiere ballet by renowned choreographer Nicolo Fonte.

Mr. Possokhov’s production features the same quartet of characters — taken from Russian folklore — as more traditional versions. The hero, Ivan, catches the Firebird and takes from her a magic feather that will summon her when he is in need. Soon he meets and falls in love with a Maiden, only to find she is in thrall to an evil sorcerer, Kaschei. Using the feather, he summons the Firebird, who helps him destroy Kaschei. Freed, Ivan and earlier victims of Kaschei’s curses are reunited with the women they love.

Picture curtesy of NBT

Prior to all performances, NBT will present Insights, an educational pre-performance discussion offering patrons an opportunity to further engage with the ballet, with special guests, multi-media presentations and more. Insights is free to all ticket holders and will take place in the Troesh Studio Theater, adjacent to Reynolds Hall, 45 minutes prior to curtain.

For booking information please, visit http://nevadaballet.org/firebird