Tuesday, July 24, 2012 05:25:23 PM by
Dover's Sarah Biscardi leads a group of young dancers from the Dover area in the Ballet Theatre of Dover's performances of dances from “Carmina Burana” and “Don Quixote” on Wednesday, Aug. 1 and Thursday, Aug 2, at 7 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in downtown Dover. Ms. Biscardi will dance the lead role of Kitri, the Spanish spitfire in “Don Quixote” with Justin Estelle as Basilio. Their performance will be highlighted by the famous grand pas de deux. Highlights of the piece include the “Seguidilla” characterized byquick agile footwork, the “Gypsy Dance” with its strong sweeping movements, and Dream and Market Scene. Spanish motifs and flair are seen in the use of the Spanish fan and skirts. The ballet was first performed at the Maryinsky Theatre in 1869 with choreography by Marius Petipa. The BTD production is a staging of the original Petipa version.
Ms. Biscardi will also partner with Mr. Estelle in Dances from “Carmina Burana” with music by the German composer, Carl Orff, who in the30‘s set an orchestral and choral score using poems from a medieval text of the same name. Themes of the pieces include the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joys of the return of spring together and the passion for life’s simple pleasures. It’s most famous section is “O Fortuna”. Mr. Estelle performs as "the Young Boy", who dances with Ms. Biscardi as one of the 'Fates'.
Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and are available at the Schwartz by calling (302) 678–5152.