Ballet

Tampa Ballet Theatre Closing Season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Ruth Eckerd Hall

a midsummer night's dream by tampa ballet theatre at ruth eckerd hallTampa Ballet Theatre is closing its 2015-2016 season with a performance of the comedic ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The performance will be held on May 28th, at 2:30pm and 7:00pm at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets go on sale April 9th at noon. Tickets are priced at $50, $35, and $25. Tickets can be purchased at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727-791-7400, or visiting www.rutheckerdhall.com.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, focuses on three parallel stories: the trials and experiences of two sets of lovers camping in a magical forest with a meddling Puck, Oberon and Titania, the warring king and queen of the trickster fairies, and a group of rough craftsmen staging a not so good production of Pyramus and Thisby for the wedding of the lovers. Watch these 3 stories intertwine in the most hilarious and bizarre ways. Magic, action, love and humor are the ingredients for this unforgettable story.

“I constantly find myself giggling on the inside when I perform this role,” states Nicole Khoo, performing as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “the outrageousness of it all will be sure to entertain any crowd”

Tampa Ballet Theatre has been a non-profit professional ballet company in the Tampa Bay since 2012. The mission of the Tampa Ballet Theatre is to educate, entertain, and broaden the outlook of the community through the world of classical and contemporary ballet. The company prides itself in preserving the classical masterpieces of previous centuries while creating new contemporary and classical productions for the Greater Tampa Bay area. Tampa Ballet Theatre engages itself in community functions to help give back to the community through the art of ballet and lending a structural support for the arts. Tampa Ballet Theatre is affiliated with its school, Tampa Bay Ballet where students receive pre-professional training from some of the best professionals in the Tampa Bay area.

Giselle Tickets On-Sale Now

giselleflyer2You can now purchase your tickets online for Giselle through paypal. Giselle will be held at Tampa Ballet Theatre at 12720 DuPont Circle, 33626. October 9th 7:00pm, October 10th 7:00pm, and October 11th 2:00pm. It is recommended that you purchase tickets ahead of time, as we are expected to sell out. Please arrive 30 minutes early on the date of your performance. Tickets purchased online will be held at will-call. Will-call tickets will be received on the day of the performance at the theatre.

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October 9th at 7:00pm

October 10th at 7:00pm

October 11th at 2:00pm

Tampa Ballet Theatre will be debuting their 2015-2016 season with the production of the ballet Giselle. Giselle is a dark, classical romantic ballet about a young peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering that her lover is engaged to another. The Willis, a group of spirits of young women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover, but Giselle saves him from the wrath of the Willis. This classical ballet will be re-staged by Artistic Director, Lindsay Clark.

Synposis

Giselle is about a happy young peasant girl whom believes that she is in love and is loved in return. Her name is Giselle. The gamekeeper, who also is in love with Giselle, tries to convince her that Albretch, the man she loves, is a nobleman disguised as a peasant. Albretch is revealed for who he really is, already bethrothed, which causes Giselle to go mad and die. The gamekeeper goes to visit Giselle’s grave and encounters the ghostly Willis, beautiful brides that passed due to broken hearts, where their queen, Myrtha forces the gamekeeper to dance until he dies. Albretch then also visits Giselle’s grave and almost has the same fate as the gamekeeper, but is saved by Giselle in her shadowy form. The sun then rises and the Willis and Giselle vanish, but Giselle remains alive with Albretch – a love stronger than death.

Tampa Bay Ballet and Tampa Ballet Theatre Announces Christopher Liddell Joining Faculty

Christopher Liddell at Tampa Ballet TheatreTampa Bay Ballet (TBB) and Tampa Ballet Theatre (TBT), recently named in-house resident ballet company of Ruth Eckerd Hall, are all jazzed up to have Christopher Liddell, from New York City, joining the company as an artist in residence and faculty starting in September. As an artist in residence, Liddell will be bringing new original repertory for TBT and REH to help expand the growth of dance in the Tampa area. Liddell will also be joining the Murray instructing classes at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tampa Bay Ballet is currently registering students (ages 3+) for classes with Liddell and the other talented instructors at TBB for the 2015-2016 season (September-May). Liddell will be teaching many different classes at TBB including: Ballet, Pointe, Men’s, Pas De Deux, Broadway Jazz, and Adult Ballet.

“TBB and TBT are ready to grow and expand the art of dance throughout the Tampa area” states Lindsay Clark, Artistic Director of Tampa Bay Ballet and Tampa Ballet Theatre, “with the support of people like Chris, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and the community, Tampa will soon be known for its exceptional dance performances.”

Christopher Liddell is an ABT certified teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. He has taught alongside some of the world’s greatest artists at prestigious establishments like Steps on Broadway NYC, Cecchetti Ballet Council of America, and in September, Yale University. His students have been accepted into schools such as American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and La Guardia Arts and Professional Performing Arts. Other students of Christopher have also gained work on Broadway, TV, and film. Recently, Christopher has released, “B.A.L.L.E.T. a Romance”. “B.A.L.L.E.T. a Romance” is a short film Christopher had directed and choreographed with dancers from American Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem. This past year, Christopher has also been directing and choreographing several successful musical productions along the East Coast.

“I was helplessly lured away from NYC by the amazing growth and talent at TBB and TBT.” states Liddell, “This company is becoming the new standard for great performances and I want to be a part of that! I hope Tampa is ready for all the amazing dance that is coming its way this season.”

Tampa Bay Ballet opened in 2008 and is the official school of Tampa Ballet Theatre. Tampa Bay Ballet’s mission is to provide the highest standard of dance instruction and professional performing experience for students of all ages. The school follows a structured ballet curriculum, following a unique syllabus developed by the director, but also offers classes in other dance forms so dancers receive a well-rounded dance education. Through auditions, students are given the chance to perform alongside their talented instructors and are often given the opportunity to perform in special community performances.

Tampa Ballet Theatre is a non-profit professional ballet company in the Tampa Bay Area since 2012 and in May 2015 was named the in-house resident ballet company of Ruth Eckerd Hall. The mission of the Tampa Ballet Theatre is to educate, entertain, and broaden the outlook of the community through the world of classical and contemporary ballet. The company prides itself in preserving the classical masterpieces of previous centuries while creating new contemporary and classical productions for the Greater Tampa Bay area. Tampa Ballet Theatre engages itself in community functions to help give back to the community through the art of ballet and lending a structural support for the arts.

For more information on registering for classes at Tampa Bay Ballet with instructors like Liddell for the upcoming season, please call Tampa Bay Ballet at (813) 814-0587.

Tampa Ballet Theatre Celebrates 150th Year of Book with Alice In Wonderland Performance

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Alice In Wonderland

This May, Tampa Ballet Theatre will be falling down the rabbit hole in an original contemporary ballet. Tampa Ballet Theatre will be closing its season with two performances of Alice In Wonderland. Alice In Wonderland features original choreography by Artistic Director, Lindsay Clark, with Tyler Anderson as assistant tap choreographer for The Tea Party Scene. The performances will be held Saturday May 9th at 7:00 pm and Sunday May 10th at 5:00 pm at the Hillsborough Community College Mainstage Theatre in Ybor. Tickets are available for purchase starting April 13th. Adult tickets are $25 per ticket, Senior tickets (55+) are $20 per ticket, and Children and College Student tickets are $15 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Tampa Bay Ballet studio, online at www.tampaballettheatre.org/events, at the theatre, or by calling 813-814-0587. Ticket prices are subject to change.

Alice in Wonderland will be starring TBT II Trainee, Ashley Coppin as Alice, TBT Apprentice, TBT Company Member Madeline Axlund as The Queen of Hearts, TBT Company Member Charles Java as The King of Hearts, and TBT Company Member Tyler Anderson as The Mad Hatter.

“This comical role as The King has been such a refreshing change from such serious roles in the past” said Java, who recently performed as Romeo in Tampa Ballet Theatre’s Romantic Pas De Deux performance last February.

Alice In Wonderland is a 2 act ballet based off of the 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The Music is by Carl Davis who created the original Alice in Wonderland score in 1995 mostly derived of the famous Tchaikovsky’s works. The story of Alice in Wonderland follows a young girl named Alice who falls down the rabbit hole and discovers the mysterious world called Wonderland. Alice encounters many strange creatures while in Wonderland including the grinning Cheshire Cat (Heather Mills) and the curious Caterpillar (Brooke Bayless). Alice In Wonderland will be an exciting and mad time suitable for all families to enjoy.

“A lot of people think of ballet as an uptight art,” states Clark, “although ballet itself is very structured, not all ballets are meant to be taken seriously. Alice In Wonderland is meant to be comical and outrageously silly.”

Tampa Ballet Theatre is a non-profit professional ballet company located in the Tampa Bay Area. Tampa Ballet Theatre was founded by Lindsay Clark in 2012. The mission of the Tampa Ballet Theatre is to educate, entertain, and broaden the outlook of the community through the world of classical and contemporary ballet. The company prides itself in preserving the classical masterpieces of previous centuries while creating new contemporary and classical productions for the Greater Tampa Bay area. Tampa Ballet Theatre engages itself in community functions to help give back to the community through the art of ballet and lending a structural support for the arts. Tampa Ballet Theatre is affiliated with its school, Tampa Bay Ballet where students receive pre-professional training from some of the best professionals in the Tampa Bay area.