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American in Paris

Apr 16, 2022

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Known for creating captivating, transcendent original ballets, Ballet Ariel’s Artistic Director and master storyteller Ilena Norton is creating a new ballet set to Gershwin’s orchestral classic “American in Paris”. As a score written to tell a story, and described as a “rhapsodic ballet”, it is the perfect match for Norton’s gift of creating narrative ballets. Gershwin’s jazz undertones create the perfect ambience for Norton’s dazzling choreography that tells the story of a young American woman traveling to Paris for the first time. Join her in this sublime adventure as she is transformed by the magic of this beautiful city steeped in history and enveloped in romance. The program will also include “Ballet Conservatory” an historic two-act vaudeville ballet set at the Paris Opera Ballet by Danish choreographer and ballet master August Bournonville. Experience springtime in Paris, Ballet Ariel style at the Lakewood Cultural Center and Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre.