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Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet
The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet presents Dance Noir on Saturday, November 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Willow Bay Theatre. Dance Noir is a smaller scale performance featuring works inspired by the darkness of the late Fall season including both classic variations and new contemporary works. A cash wine bar will be available before and during intermission.
Artistic Director Monika Alch remarks that the Willow Bay Theatre provides a more intimate and close-up experience for the audience. “The dance floor is laid on the main floor (instead of the stage area) and table seating surrounds the stage. Our first two productions of Dance Noir were very well received and we are excited to continue to program it.”
The program under the artistic director of Monika Alch features advanced level dancers from CRYB. Joining them are Guest Performers Megan Stefanik, a graduate of CRYB’s Pre-Professional program and now a dance major at the Conservatory at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, and Sukanya Burman who instructs modern dance at CRYB. Ms. Burman, who will be performing a classical Indian dance, started her dance training in Bharatnatyam at the age of 3 in India and completed her advanced diploma from Kalamandalam Kolkata under the supervision of Guru Thankamani Kutty. The program will also include 3 modern works with choreography by Burman and Michael Cerwinski, a character dance to music from Carmen, and a Tarantella from Le Corsaire.
Elizabeth Bush, Executive Director adds, “We are always exploring ideas to engage and increase our audiences. By offering a different format – namely a small intimate venue, wine bar and edgier programming – we hope to attract more young adults, many of whom now live in the downtown area. This program offers an experience where the audience doesn’t just view the performance, but socializes, learns and interacts around it. Before and after the performance we open the venue and wine bar so people can hang out, have a drink and talk about the experience with one another.”
The evening is sponsored in part by Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Bag & String Wines and Brazil.
Tickets are $10 general admission and $20 for table seating. Table seating is limited. Cash wine bar opens at 7:30 p.m. and performance begins at approximately 8:15 p.m. To reserve your seats today visit the CRYB website at www.cryb.net or call the studio at (716) 664–9766.