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Ballet Hawaii: Cool Ballet for a Hot Summer, A Medley of American Dance

Info: Aug 21 • Sat • 7:30pm • Kennedy Theatre • $28 to $50 • Tickets are available on line at www.etickethawaii.com, by phone at 944-2697, or visit any UH Ticket outlet (Stan Sheriff Center, Rainbowtique stores, and the UH Manoa Campus Center ticket office), service charges apply. Advance sales end at midnight the day prior to the first performance. At the door sales begin 1 hour before doors open.

The 2010 Ballet Hawaii summer production will feature the choreography of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Tom Pazik. The summer production includes `By George!` - set to the music of George Gershwin, choreography by Tom Pazik; `Serenade` - set to the music of Tchaikovsky, choreography by George Balanchine; and `Trio` - set to the music of Bach, choreography by Tom Pazik.

`By George!` is a witty and whimsical backstage view of a Broadway-style musical, complete with off-stage flirtations and comical misunderstandings. Choreographer Tom Pazik injects the ballet with an ingenious sense of humor, letting the audience in on various sight gags and missed cues. Set entirely to the hits of Gershwin, the ballet was designed to recall a simpler time, when larger-than-life musical productions were the order of the day.

`Serenade` is a milestone in the history of dance. It is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America and is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet`s repertory. Originating as a lesson in stage technique, Balanchine worked unexpected rehearsal events into the choreography. When one student fell, he incorporated it. Another day, a student arrived late, and this too became part of the ballet. Serenade is performed courtesy of the Balanchine Trust.

`Trio` features three movements for only three dancers and demands speed, stamina and technique. Pazik, who created more than eighty ballets in his lifetime, infused `Trio` with Balanchine-like choreography as well as playfulness and poetry.

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