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Robinson Ballet Live 2012 and Youth Matinee
By Julie Lisnet
Mar 29, 2012 - 10:20:13 PM

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Robinson Ballet Live 2012 and Robinson Ballet Youth Matinee

Athleticism, artistry, mood, movement, poetry, emotion, imagination, and unbridled joy are just some of the elements you will find in Robinson Ballet LIVE 2012. You know them as the company that brings you The Nutcracker, but if you've never seen Robinson Ballet LIVE you only know half the story.

Robinson Ballet LIVE 2012 includes:

Fantasque: Eric Sirois photos from past LIVE and Youth Matinee shows.

Choreography - Keith Robinson

Music- Alfred Schnittke

A ballet loosely derived from two works by Nikolai Gogol.

"The Nose" about a man in search of his nose and when he finds it, it has a rank higher than he does. "

"The Overcoat" deals with a lowly civil servant that is in need of a new overcoat.These surreal sketches take form in a haunted place where eerie and absurd things happen.The stories culminate with a "Ball" which assembles the entire cast in a mad swirl, which increases with fierce intensity.

"Flight of Fancy"

Choreography - Maureen Lynch

Flight of Fancy is a lyrical ballet piece inspired by the compositions of John Zorn and Les Yeux Noirs, an eclectic mixture of jazz, classical, and klezmer music.

It is a story of a young man's fascination with birds. He moves among them as if it is a world he belongs to. As he encounters a new exotic avian creature his world shifts back and forth between reality and fantasy.


Choreography - Stevie Dunham

The popular tale of "Alice in Wonderland" is brought to life in Dunham's new work, which loosely follows the original Lewis Carroll children's story but incorporates present day characters and costumes making the story relevant to today's audience. One dancer will journey through this unlikely world of rabbits, caterpillars and talking cats only to encounter a queen and croquet game equal to none she has ever seen before - all in the hope of returning to reality.


Choreography - Terry Lacy

The classic story of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" based on the novel by Ken Kesey.In the confines of a psychiatric hospital, a non-conforming new inmate rebels against the iron rule of the head nurse. The dance features a soundtrack including hip-hop, Broadway and pop genres.

And from special guest artist, Alexander Zendzian (Ellsworth High shows only):

Eric Sirois photos from past LIVE and Youth Matinee shows.
"TRANSIT" is a short solo performance dance work conceived, choreographed and performed by Alexander Zendzian. The sound score is by Alexander Zendzian and Eric Oberthaler. It will be premiered in Ellsworth ME April 13, 2012.

How do we get where we are going? How do we know when we are lost? This dance piece consists of movement, spoken text and sound and will last approximately seven minutes."Alexander Zendzian is a dance artist based in San Francisco CA. He began his study of movement at age seven at the Thomas School of Dance in Bangor, ME and continued to train there and with the Robinson Ballet Company till he was twenty-three. He received a BA in Cultural Performance Studies from The Evergreen State College in Olympia WA in 2001. He has had the opportunity to work and perform with dance pioneers Anna Halprin and Sara Shelton Mann, to dance on vertical surfaces and in the air around the world with Project Bandaloop, and to perform with Kathleen Hermesdorf, Jodi Lomask and Sheldon Smith & Lisa Wymore. He is currently in his sixth season as a member of the Joe Goode Performance Group, with whom he performs and teachers throughout the US.

Alexander has taught in a variety of venues ranging from universities to dance studios, with at-risk teens and for senior groups. In addition to his work in dance, Alexander plays baritone horn in the Brass Menazeri Balkan Brass Band and is a partner in the Awaken Cafe in Oakland CA."

And from special guest artist, Ariel Freedman (Bangor Opera House shows only):

"Somehow Show a Sameness; It's Just Like Washing an Elephant"

Choreography - Elizabeth Motley

Music - Seth Olinsky

"Somehow Show a Sameness; It's Just Like Washing an Elephant" springs from the notion that one's soul travels through time essentially unchanged, that there is something inside a person which remains just as it always was, from the beginning to the end of life, or from birth until the immediate present. The dance celebrates a joyous individual existence, the preciousness of one unique being, and at the same time, the hugeness of the universe slipping by, inevitable and un-graspable, all around that single illuminated soul.

"It's Hard to Be Good"

Choreography - Ariel Freedman

Music - "Elephant Gun" by Beirut

"It's Hard to Be Good" is a dance about the courage and heroism of trying--just trying. It is a dance about the astonishing potency of a cracked open heart. The dancer sweeps the music forward and is also swept along by the waves, soft enough to be both pushed to the ground and to be gusted from the earth for an instant. The movement comes forth only because she is compelled to go out and meet something--her reality, herself, her audience. I created this dance promptly on discovering the song, which raised in me such a feeling of happy sadness and helpless passion for moving, that I had to make something. I made it on--more in cahoots with-- a dancer who, for me, embodies a resolutely undefeated gentleness and a being who finds herself thoroughly, awesomely at home in movement, someone for whom my admiration is inseparable from the source of the work. The piece has to do with the basic fun of getting a shot at human life.

"Ariel Freedman began dancing and choreographing at the age of three in her living room. She earned her BFA from the Julliard School, where she was the recipient of the Martha Hill Prize. After graduating she performed with Aszure & Artists, Mikhail Baryshnikov's Hell's Kitchen Dance, and David Parker and The Bang Group. She danced with the Batsheva Ensemble for two seasons and with the Batsheva Dance Company for three. She teaches Gaga, the technique of Batsheva choreographer Ohad Naharin, and performs with Kidd Pivot, Keigwin + Company and Motley Dance."

Carmina Burana: Eric Sirois photos from past LIVE and Youth Matinee shows.

And Robinson Ballet's delightful Youth Matinee featuring:

"Jeux D'Enfants" (Children's Games) with music by Bizet. The story takes place in a schoolyard with a schoolmistress and boys and girls (some young, some teens) and the things that go on between them; playing, fighting, flirting, chasing, etc.

"The Flower Festival in Genzano"

A Pas De Deux (a dance for two) taken from a one- act ballet of the same name. Choreographed by Danish balletmaster August Bournonville with music composed by Edvard Helsted and Holgar Simon Paulli.

It is a charming love duet between two young people where the steps express both their joy and their teasing playfulness.

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" the story of a fledgling magician who is left to clean up and decides to use magic, which he is not experienced in. Things get wildly out of hand. The music is by Dukas. It follows the same story as the Disney movie, "Fantasia".


Robinson Ballet LIVE 2012

April 13th and 14th at 7PM

Youth Matinee

April 14th at 3PM.

For Ellsworth tickets please call Robinson Ballet at 990-3140 or buy online at


Robinson Ballet LIVE 2012

April 20th and 21st at 7PM

Youth Matinee

April 21st at 3PM

For Bangor tickets please call the Bangor Opera House/Penobscot Theatre at 942-3333 or online at

Tickets for Robinson Ballet LIVE 2012 are $15.00 Adults, $10.00 Seniors, and $5.00 Children and Students (College students please show a photo i.d.). All Youth Matinee tickets are $5.00.

A Special Thanks

Robinson Ballet recently received a $500.00 check from Machias Savings Bank as a Season Supporter for Robinson Ballet Company’s 2012 season.

Matthew Skaves (Pres. of the Board of Robinson Ballet) and Courtney Brehaut (Assistant Branch Manager, Machias Savings Bank) Photo by Julie Lisnet

Robinson Ballet wishes to thank Machias Savings Bank for their generous support.

Julie Lisnet
Managing Director
Robinson Ballet/School of Robinson Ballet
P.O. Box 1885
Bangor, ME 04402-1885
(207) 990-3140

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