- Available dates and showtimes: Friday, April 1 (7:30 p.m.) | Saturday, April 2 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
- $42.50 for two tickets for mezzanine seating (up to $85 value)
- $47 for two tickets for orchestra seating (up to $94 value)
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La Boutique Fantasque
La Boutique Fantasque sets its whimsical tale inside an enchanted toy shop in 19th-century France. The merry shopkeeper specializes in mechanical dancing dolls, to the delight of his international clientele. The stars of the show are the can-can dancers, a male and female duo who spark the interest of both a Russian and an American family. The customers agree that the Americans will purchase the male doll and the female doll will go to the Russians. But as night falls on the shop, the toys come to life and lament that they are to be parted. When the sun rises again, they have devised a plan to stay together—though their kindly shopkeeper might wish he’d been informed.
When composing the dainty instrumental score to the one-act ballet, Ottorino Respighi relied on the works of one of the classic greats of comic musical theater: Gioachino Rossini, author of The Barber of Seville. Incorporating a number of the 19th century maestro’s piano works, the music whisks audiences through a whirlwind tour of Spanish, Russian, and French folk dances. Like the dolls in the ballet, the score has taken on a life of its own and been recorded by ensembles such as the Boston Pops Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Philharmonic.
Joining Rossini’s timeless doll-party is the world premiere of Hear Me Dance, a new contemporary work by choreographer G. Hambrick.
Since its founding in 1997, the Anchorage Ballet has attracted a lot of attention in the arts community—and not just with all the head-turning pirouettes. The company gives young dancers a chance to perfect their technique, perform alongside professional dancers, and bring their talents to the largely unmapped wilds of Canada. In Anchorage, the company performs seven or more ballets a year at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.