International Ballet takes on Armenian folk, the Rat King, and comedy this season

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International Ballet recently announced its 2017-18 lineup, and it comes with a renamed fall performance, an old Christmastime favorite, and a bit of comedy. The 14th season offers L’automne, the company’s newly renamed signature fall concert; “The Nutcracker” in December; and the return of the comic full-length ballet “Coppélia” in the spring.

“International Ballet has seen a healthy growth spurt and artistic recognition during the last few years,” says executive director and founder Lena Forster. “As we are playing an important role in our thriving arts community, we needed to ensure our branding showed who we are today and our image for the future. Our new brand is a memorable look that acknowledges our place in the community we serve.”

“Art itself has the power to hold significant meaning in a person’s life,” says artistic director Vlada Kysselova. “And we take our role as a performing arts organization that provides these artistic experiences with great intention and respect.”

The Fall Chamber, now the L’automne, will be held for the first time at the Warehouse Theatre with two performances on Nov. 4. The concert will feature excerpts from the exotic ballet “La Bayadere,” with International Ballet Senior Company members Logan Acker, Lydia Acker, and Gabriel Paluszak dancing the featured roles in this tale set in ancient India to the music of Ludwig Minkus.

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International Ballet resident choreographer Alexander Tressor will also debut an original new work that plays on the four seasons and weaves together a mix of cultures and musical genres.

The 2017 guest artist will be local singer and recording artist Mariam Matossian, a Canadian of Armenian descent who brings Armenian folk music to life accompanied by cello, percussion, and oud, a traditional stringed instrument.

“It’s always important to me to include both the beloved and well-known classics of the ballet world, while also presenting something unfamiliar or completely new – all in hopes that Greenville audiences will fall in love with the art of dance even more than before,” Kysselova says of the season offerings.

“This season, our audiences will be able to truly enjoy the artistry of our own dearly loved and accomplished local artists, as well as incredibly respected and world-renowned guest artists of the ballet world.”

The Cuban ballet duo of Adiarys Almeida and Taras Domitro will guest star in “The Nutcracker” Dec. 2-3 with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and the Peace Center Concert Hall.

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International Ballet has chosen the classic ballet “Coppélia” to end its main stage season April 14-15 at the Peace Center Gunter Theatre.

It’s been two years since the company last presented a full-length ballet in the spring and seven years since its first presentation of “Coppélia,” a ballet known for its comedic moments, cheeky heroine, and lively dancing.

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“International Ballet is growing, and we’re proud to be able to present a full-length ballet that will demonstrate both who we are and how we’ve been developing over the past 14 years,” said director of artistic operations and former company dancer Juliana Jordan. “This story ballet represents many entertaining and artistic aspects of dance, theater, comedy, and drama.”

Tickets for the 2017-18 season go on sale Sept. 14.

2017-2018 Season Productions:
L’automne — Nov. 4, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; The Warehouse Theatre ($25, $30, $40)
“The Nutcracker” — Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 3, 3 p.m.; Peace Center Concert Hall ($18-55)
“Coppélia” — April 14, 7:30 p.m., and April 15, 3 p.m.; Peace Center Gunter Theatre ($35)
internationalballetsc.org or www.peacecenter.org

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