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UNCA's Arts & Ideas Program presents Tribute to the Enchanted Wanderers

February 12, 2013
7:00 PM

This Event is Free and Open to the Public

Various artists from the dance world will merge stories, documentary, and dance in a program titled, Tribute: Honoring Legendary Ballet Dancers, Dame Sonia Arova and Oleg Briansky. On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 starting at 7:00pm in the Diana Wortham Theatre. UNCA's Arts and Ideas Program and the Asheville Ballet will pay tribute to Dame Sonia Arova and Oleg Briansky, legendary ballet dancers and choreographers of the second half of the 20th century, who made significant contributions to world culture.

The program will include excerpts from the ballets Swan Lake and Coppelia, performed by principal dancers of Asheville Ballet, Alyssa Belcher and Meredith McCook, and featuring Associate Artistic Director, Lyle Laney.

Personal stories about the legendary dancers will be shared by Ann Dunn, Artistic Director of the Asheville Ballet, Therese Laeger, Artistic Director of the Arova Ballet company in Birmingham, and costume designer Igor Roussanoff.  The program will also include the screening of a short documentary film, by Colleen Laeger, depicting the life and work of prima ballerina Dame Sonia Arova.

This special event celebrates the opening of an extraordinary exhibit at UNCA's Ramsey Library Blowers Gallery February 12-26, 2013. The Enchanted Wanderers: The Unknown Pages of the History of Ballet, sponsored by the Bakhruschin Central State Theatre Museum in Moscow, Russia, Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, NJ, UNCA's Arts and Ideas Program and Grabbe Inc.

The exhibit is organized in two-parts revealing remarkable archives from the history of ballet through photographs, sketches, costumes, newspaper publications, and original letters and documents.

On view from February 12-18, as Part I of the exhibit, are rare images of the famous dancers Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, Sonia Arova, Oleg Briansky, Margo Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tamara Toumanova, George Balanchine, Nathalie Krassovska, Olga Spessivtseva and many more.

Part II of the exhibit, from February 19-26 features theatrical sketches and costumes for the theatre and ballet by Igor Roussanoff, visiting professor in UNCA's Drama Department, and features his collaborations with Dame Sonia Arova, Thor Sutowski, Wes Chapman, Mark DeGarmo, and Richard Helldobler and others.

The Tribute presentation at the Diana Wortham Theatre, and  The Enchanted Wanderers exhibit in UNCA's Ramsey Library, are both free and open to the public.

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