NFB will stage its annual free community performance, Ballet at Twilight, featuring a mixed repertoire of classic and modern works in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s Grand Park on Sat., June 22 at 7:30 pm.

This popular outdoor production will feature new and established works performed by NFB dancers and international guest artists, including four pieces that recently premiered in the company’s New Moves program.

The celebrated New Moves choreography features Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen’s piece entitled Bach Beats. The movement is classically based with infusions of many other styles of dance. The audience will recognize the diverse collection of music that includes the masterfully orchestrated sounds of Bach as well as drum and base electronic music. The second piece, Out of the Rolling Ocean, was choreographed by Assistant Company Director and Resident Choreographer of MamLuft&Co, Susan Honer. Her piece is a postmodern work based on Walt Whitman’s poem Out of the Rolling Ocean the Crowd and explores a depth of feelings and connections forged in an instant — as we walk past, brush, and bump into strangers every day. Honer skillfully unpacks these brief moments, developing relationships that might exist if given time in collaboration with composer/artist Sean Simon for an original music score.

Local choreographer Amanda Wiley brings the third piece from New Moves to the stage at Grand Boulevard entitled Mishima. This new, neoclassical ballet is set to a minimalist score in four movements. It opens with a quartet of women and a principal couple; throughout the ballet, the dancers intertwine as the music evolves instrumentally. The final New Moves piece, Hear Me Roar, is from Lindsey Brewer. This new work combines jazz, classical ballet and Brewer’s unique style of modern dance.  The music is an eclectic mix of Diana Ross and electronic music composed by We Love.

Ballet at Twilight will also feature international guest artists Katia Carranza, principal dancer with Miami City Ballet, and Eduardo Iglesias dancing Talisman Pas de Deux with choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Riccardo Drigo. Carranza and Iglesias will also perform Perfidia Pas de Deux, which is choreographed by Luis Serrano with music by Alberto Dominguez. Atlanta Ballet principal dancers Emily Carrico and Sergio Masero-Olarte will return to the NFB stage to dance the Pas de Deux from the 2ndact of the ballet La Sylphide and a new work entitled Forced Perspective.

Former NFB dancers Jonathan Carter and Sabrina Lobner will also return to the area to join the cast of Ballet at Twilight. Carter, currently with Alabama Ballet, will dance the lead male variation from the 3rdact of the ballet Don Quixote. Lobner, formerly of Martha Graham 2, will perform a work choreographed by New York City choreographer Billy Blanken and stage an excerpt of choreography from the Broadway musical Carousel.

Ballet at Twilight is presented as part of Grand Boulevard’s Coastal Culture series, made possible by the Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment Program. NFB’s 2018-2019 season is presented by the St. Joe Community Foundation. NFB is sponsored in part by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. 

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