Round – An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden
May 17 - June 4, 2016 | Tuesdays through Saturdays | 8 p.m. nightly (no performance on May 25)
At Desert Botanical Garden
Round, with themes that explore man’s connection to nature, promises to be an enchanting performance that embraces the backdrop of the Sonoran Desert. The audience will be immersed in the artistry, seated in four sections around the circular stage, amid ramps that the dancers will use as part of the choreography to enter the stage.
“This will be an experience like no other for our audiences,” said Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen. “Round is rare opportunity to see ballet performed in-the-round. It’s a great challenge to choreograph and presents a distinct perspective for each person based on where they sit. I think patrons will want to attend more than once to experience Round in different ways.”
The hour-long performance showcases Andersen’s modern ballet choreography, set to the music of a wide variety of composers – Thomas Ades, J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.
Audiences are invited to arrive early to enjoy a meal and cocktails (available for purchase) as the sun sets. While waiting for the performance to begin, patrons have the opportunity to observe the dancers warming-up on stage, part of the pre-show preparations not usually visible to audiences.
Tickets at balletaz.org