Posted on October 2, 2013
Cork City Ballet will celebrate its 21st birthday with a Ballet Spectacular Gala programme, presented at Cork Opera House from November 21 to 23. Stars include guest ballerina Lucia Lacarra, who danced with Roland Petit’s Ballet de Marseille, San Francisco Ballet and the Bavarian State Ballet. She will appear with her partner Marlon Dino.
The gala repertory shows off the company’s range and ambition, with highlights from Swan Lake, Paul Simon’s Bodyguard, Asaf Messerer’s spectacular Spring Waters duet, with its stupendous lifts, Royston Maldoom’s Celebration and Patricia Crosbie’s Playboy of the Western World.
Cork City Ballet regularly presents international guest stars alongside Ireland’s finest classical and contemporary dancers, with performances across the country. In recent years, the company has lost its Arts Council funding, but still created its own productions of works including The Sleeping Beauty, staged by company director Alan Foley and Bolshoi-trained dancer Yuri Demakov. Last year, it presented a year-long programme of events paying tribute to Joan Denise Moriarty, the founder of professional ballet in Ireland.
Foley said: “After 21 years of bringing the best of ballet to Cork, I am confident that we will meet the challenge once again of presenting a first-class show at the Cork Opera House. This is helped greatly of course by being able to attract one of the world’s finest ballerinas, Lucia Lacarra.” See corkcityballet.com for details.
Pictured: Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino. Photograph: M Logvinov.