South Carolina Dance Theatre presents “To the Pointe!”
Signature favorites from the Company’s repertoire and the classical “Paquita” make for an exciting blend of dance for the South Carolina Dance Theatre’s show “To the Pointe!” The depth and versatility of the Company’s repertoire and dancers are brought to the stage with energetic, lyrical, and classical ballet. Performed at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, the Company will present two performances. Opening night is Saturday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s performance is a matinee at 3 p.m. For tickets, contact the PAC at 843-661-4444. Tickets range in prices from $27 to $35 for adults with all student tickets at $15.
Fast paced and energetic, “Branche,” opens the program with a rapid pace, head swinging, psychedelic ballet. First performed in 2001 by the Company, the ballet depicts individuals in a surreal city on their way to work, ensnared in their own thoughts of playing as children in a flashback to childhood. Finding a broken marionette come to life, the dancers join for a rousing finale. The mood lightens with “Palladio” and well known music by Karl Jenkins as younger dancers are featured, and then moves to Roumanian folk dances with “Carnival of Dreams,” as a colorful and energetic fortune teller seeks to control a band of wild and rambunctious gypsies. The first act ends with “Standard Time,” the Company’s signature lyrical dance performed in blue jeans and unexpected pointe shoes to beautiful mood evoking music.
Choreographed in 1993 by Barbara Howle Counts, the founder of the South Carolina Dance Theatre, this ballet is one of the Company’s signature ballets and is considered a rite of passage for dancers in the Company.
The second act features the beautiful “The Mary’s Four,” which depicts Mary Queen of Scots and her ladies in waiting accepting the inevitable. Choreographed by Susan Rowe, this ballet to music by Respighi is an interpretation of “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary,” a Mother Goose rhyme which was thought to be an actual statement about the political landscape at the time.
The music of Mozart, “Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman, the familiar music of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” lightens the mood and then the ballet ends with the classical “Paquita,” the cornerstone of traditional ballet repertory which has been staged by ballet companies throughout the world. The story of Paquita is that of a young gypsy of noble birth who was abducted as an infant. Set to music by Edouard Deldevez, Paquita is a romantic ballet which depicts the young gypsy saving the life of a soldier.
Susan Rowe serves as the artistic director of the Company. Providing dancers with professional instruction, the Company strives to provide performance experience and permit the elaborate staging of productions showcasing the best of dance. The Company’s studio is located at 1810-B Second Loop Road in Florence.