Ballet dancers train to make their inherently difficult craft seem effortless, much like writing a paragraph in cursive and working as a California weatherman. Watch dancers defy gravity in a calligraphic sway with today's Groupon: for $34, you get one silver-tier seat to Ballet Arizona's performance of Mosaik on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. (a $91 value, which includes the City of Phoenix facility fee).
Nestled in the sonorous interior of Phoenix's Orpheum Theatre, toe tappers of Ballet Arizona transfix viewers in the ballet's 25th anniversary season as they push the boundaries of traditional technique in a nonnarrative performance entitled Mosaik. Premiering in 2004, this original, full-length ballet, choreographed by Artistic Director Ib Andersen, submerges psyches into the themes of love, attraction, and human spirit. Clad in colorful costumes of gold, red, chartreuse, and white, the Ballet Arizona dancers perform athletic, enigmatic pieces juxtaposed against conceptual scenery and set to a collection of music by eight composers, including Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky. Intricate partnering, dynamic elements, and world-class artistry combine to showcase the beauty and awe of ballet, an aesthetic exuberance second only to watching van Gogh paint while standing on top of Michelangelo’s David. With this deal, you’ll see it all from the silver-tier seating offered on the main floor, orchestra level at the Orpheum Theatre.
As toes twinkle onstage, visitors can bask in the renovated scenery of Symphony Hall, which couples hand-blown glass chandeliers with a quartet of designer tapestries. One of the largest machine-made draperies known to man, the theater’s colorful Grand Drape symbolizes the renewal of generations, creativity, and library books discovered during fossil digs.
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