Saturday, February 28, 2009

Dance major senior Carmen Felder (front center) rehearses "Divertimento No. 15" with fellow dancers, from left to right Tara Cragg, Kristin Young, Mallory Markham
and Anna Doss.

Russian ballet opens Friday

Oklahoma Festival Ballet, celebrating the work of Russian ballet choreographer Sergei Diaghilev, opens this weekend in the Rupel J. Jones Theatre.

For dance senior Carmen Felder, one of the principal dancers in "The Firebird," the two-hour performance represents weeks of rehearsal on top of years spent developing her skills as a dancer.

"I started taking ballet seriously when I was ten,” she said. “Just seeing the older girls and looking up to them-they were just beautiful. I thought, wow! I want to be just like that.”

Featuring four works based on Russian ballet practices, Oklahoma Festival Ballet marks the 100 year anniversary of Diaghilev’s founding of the dance company Ballet Russes, French for The Russian Ballets.

The show runs for two weekends, from February 27 to March 8, with performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and OU faculty/staff, and $12 for students.

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