The final main stage production at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, From Russia With Love: A Celebration of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo pays tribute to the famous ballet company Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo by celebrating three of the world’s most historic ballets by three of Russia’s most prolific composers. The program, packed with stunning sets and costumes, features revivals of three ballets frequently performed by the Ballet Russe, including: The Firebird choreographed by Butler University’s Derek Reid with music by Igor Stravinsky; Scheherazade choreographed by Lightwire Theater’s Ian Carney with music by Rimsky-Korsakov and the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet choreographed by NFB Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen with music by Sergei Prokofiev.
The performances will feature NFB principal guest artists Caitlin Valentine- Ellis and Andres Estevez from Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio dancing the roles of Romeo and Juliet from that ballet’s balcony scene as well as the title roles of the Golden Slave and Zobeide in the ballet Scheherazade. NFB soloists Victoria Garofalo and Payton Beason will also dance in Scheherazade, portraying the roles of Princess Fatima and La Sultana Bleue respectively along side the Foreign Slaves Jeffrey Senior and Keegan Lloyd. International guest artist Raul Peinado will dance the role of Prince Ivan in The Firebird opposite of NFB’s Brooklyn Burbidge who will dance the title role. NFB’s talented corps de ballet will round out the cast of this amazing production.
From Russia with Love, will be presented on Sat., April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sun., April 2 at 2:30 p.m. and feature live musical accompaniment by the NFB Symphony Orchestra. Box office priced tickets for From Russia With Love are $38 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under. The sponsors for this season’s production of From Russia With Love are Emerald Coast Magazine, Courtyard Marriott in Grand Boulevard, a Howard Group Development and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.