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Star Crossed

February 17 – 18, 2024

Moody Performance Hall



Avant Chamber Ballet presents

Star Crossed

February 17, 2024 – 7pm
February 18, 2024 – 2pm


For the Valentine’s season, Avant Chamber Ballet presents an evening of live orchestra and ballet masterpieces telling tales of romance and enchantment, true love and sacrifice. This triple bill features George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Swan Lake Act 2 and Paul Mejia’s Romeo & Juliet.

Walpurgisnacht Ballet – Balanchine once famously said “ballet is woman,” and in Walpurgisnacht Ballet he sends 24 women soaring across the stage with wild abandon. Walpurgisnacht Ballet was choreographed for a 1975 production of Faust by the Théâtre National de l’Opéra, danced by the Paris Opéra Ballet. The Walpurgisnacht scene occurs at the beginning of the opera’s last act, when Mephistopheles brings Faust to watch the traditional celebration on the eve of May Day when the souls of the dead are released to wander at will. Although the ballet does not depict Walpurgisnacht per se, it does build on a sense of joyful revelry with the well-known score by Gounod.

Swan Lake Act 2 – Perhaps the best-known classical ballet of all time, the ballet premiered over a century ago in Russia and remains timeless because of the range of human emotions expressed through dance and Tchaikovsky’s luminous score. This poetic work resonates with melancholy and hope and features breathtaking choreography staged by Katie Puder from the original choreography. Get drawn into the story of Odette, a princess-turned-swan and the heroic Prince Siegfried in a drama-packed one-act work.

Romeo & Juliet – Paul Mejia’s romantic and tragic Romeo & Juliet is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This timeless story is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s famous Fantasy-Overture and told from the viewpoint of Juliet as memories from her final hours. It is one of Mejia’s most loved ballets over his acclaimed choreographic career. The ballet premiered in Guatemala in 1977 and the leading character of Juliet has been danced by famous ballerinas such as Suzanne Farrell, Lucia Lacarra, and Maria Terezia Balogh.