Ballet Hawaii Brings In Heavy Hitters to Stage Pan Production
On Saturday, August 15, at 1:00 p.m. paradise time, the story of Peter Pan will unfold through ballet for those lucky enough to be in attendance at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. This isn't your grandfather's ballet (sorry grandpa): The show features 8 world-class, professional dancers that hail from Brazil, Russia, Cuba, Hungary and the U.S. The show has been choreographed by the renowned artistic director of the Washington Ballet, Septime Webre, who has been on O`ahu for 2 weeks perfecting the production.
Although the line-up of players boast featured dancers from far-flung locales like The Cincinnati Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and the Carolina Ballet, the show manages to work in a few locals. Derek Sakakura, of Maui's Ulalena will play a pirate alongside Timour Bourtasenkov's Captain Hook. Mark Tucker of the Eugene Ballet is from O`ahu; as is Derek Daniels. A number of Honolulu-born dancers will participate, although they come from respective companies scattered throughout the U.S. They include Alia Kelley (from Ballet Idaho), Ben Dorado (Cincinnati Ballet), Lorenzo Acosta and Michele Saruwatari (Boston Ballet). Finally, 40 aspiring student dancers from around Hawai`i will participate in the production, filling the roles of various Ragamuffins, Fairies, Indian Princesses and Pirate Wenches. (And people say island kids are limited in careers!)
John Parkinson, executive director of Ballet Hawaii has this to say: "This will be a show on par with any National Touring dance company you might see with the added benefit of having a strong local involvement in the cast. Also, when you see this show you support a local non-profit performing arts organization, Ballet Hawaii."
Ballet dancer and instructor (and ocean-adventure sport mogul) Carol Naish adds: "There aren't a lot of ballets out there where the men are featured dancers. Usually, they are just there to hold up the women. But this production features some of the most talented male dancers out there today—and their achievements on the stage are awe inspiring."
For Peter Pan enthusiasts, or those with keiki wanting a closer look at ballet, consider the VIP luncheon that precedes the Saturday show. Starting at 11:00 a.m., patrons can participate in storytelling, face painting, and meet the cast of the show. Visit the Ballet Hawaii web site for details and ticketing.
Show time is 1:00 p.m., both on Saturday, August 15, and Sunday, August 16, at the Neil S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Ward Avenue, Honolulu.
Those with keiki wanting a closer look at ballet, consider the VIP luncheon that precedes the Saturday show.