Paquita and Rocketman
Ballet Pensacola’s Doubleheader will pique the interest of the dance community whether you are a classicist or prefer your movement more athletic and edgy. The timeless classic Paquita is the creation of French composer Édouard Deldevez and Ludwig Minkus and Paris Opéra Ballet Master Joseph Mazilier. It was first presented at the Salle Le Peletier by the Paris Opera Ballet in 1846. Choreographed in a classical Spanish style, the Paquita Variations have become a standard in American ballet companies’ repertoire. With a stage full of classical tutus and a show of bravura technicality, this first half of the Doubleheader is sure to please.
The evening closes with a world premier of Rocketman, a ballet inspired by the move and by the life and times of Sir Elton John. Choreographed by Christine Duhon and staged by Richard Steinert, you will find no tutus in this piece. However, if youthful and athletic exuberance is what you seek, Rocketman is sure to cure your craving. From the grandeur of a Grand Pas de Duex and corps de ballet to the rough and ready expression of the artistic and personal experiences of a generation’s icon, Ballet Pensacola provides a broad, exciting and captivating glimpse into the balletomane’s current viewpoint.