The Anchorage Ballet is commissioning Scenic Designer and Artist Laura McPherson to create a full size scenic forest backdrop for our live performances of Chopiniana, a romantic ballet blanc.
Staged by Aurelio Colon, Anchorage Ballet dancers and Artistic Staff have been hard at work bringing this masterpiece to life, learning and perfecting Fokine's choreography since August of 2014.
Inspired by the 1905 visit of Isadora Duncan to Russia, Michel Fokine took the music of Frédéric Chopin and created Chopinina. Celebrating the lyrical and poetic qualities of Romantic Ballet Blanc to express the subliminal nature of dance. Chopiniana is one of the revolutionary ballets of the 20th Century. At the time, choreographing to a master of music such as Chopin was unheard of, and there where no other abstract, plotless works in the Russian repertoire, which was characterized by Petipa's full-length story ballets.
Chopiniana's original music was by Frédéric Chopin orchestrated by Alexander Glazunov. Alexander had already set some of the music in 1892 as an orchestral suite under the title Chopiniana. In that form it was introduced to the public in December 1893. Chopiniana, staged by Fokine, had a different musical composition. The Glazunov suite upon which this original
version was based had only four Chopin pieces; Fokine wanted to use a
Waltz as an addition to the Suite and was able to get Glazunov to
orchestrate this to create his ballet, "Chopiniana".
Anchorage Ballet Production
The Anchorage Ballet's production of Chopiniana will premiere Friday, April 4th at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, with all new set, scenery, and costumes. Live music will be performed by Pianist, Juliana Osinchuk.
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Risks and challenges
Every new production has risks and obstacles to overcome. It is hard to predict the future. Risks of producing a ballet usually present themselves very close to the production, or in the theatre, during tech week. One challenge that the Ballet faces is the creation of a stage extension for the Sydney Laurence Theatre. The Ballet will collaborate with the Anchorage Opera Scenic Production Manager to build this stage extension.