Dance Theatre of Tennessee is proud to present the premiere of Alan Hineline’s “Hansel & Gretel” at Father Ryan HS Auditorium.
Families and children of Middle Tennessee will delight in the classic fairy tale adventures of Hansel and Gretel with performances on Saturday, May 3rd at 2 PM and 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 4th at 2 PM.
“Hungry and lost in the forest, they stumble upon a house made of delicious confections and find themselves welcomed by a witch whose keen interest in them has a sinister motive.”
Dance Theatre of Tennessee is excited to present “Hansel and Gretel” with all new sets by New York City-based designer Lewis Folden, lighting by Josh Monroe and costumes by Betty Smith. When the costumes were delivered to the studio last month, DTT dancers couldn’t wait to play dress up!
The ballet, however, won’t be exactly how children and adults may remember the tale. While the original tale had about five characters in the story, Hineline choreographed a ballet with plenty of additional roles.
“I took creative license with it,” Hineline said. “When Hansel and Gretel go into the woods, they fall asleep at night. I created a scene where there is a lot of dancing in it. There are creatures in there – birds and butterflies and fairies. It’s a scene from the opera, which I adapted into the ballet.”
Opening the program for the evening is “Paquita Grand Pas Classique,” restaged by Artistic Director Christopher Mohnani after Petipa. With Spanish flair and bravura, this technically demanding piece is a major cornerstone of the traditional ballet repertory and has been staged by ballet companies throughout the world.
General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children. Tickets are available online at www.ticketsnashville.com or at the door. Tickets purchased online have priority seating in the first five rows of the theatre. Any tickets purchased at the door will be seated first come-first served basis.
The goal of DTT is to encourage and increase access, participation and appreciation of classical dance and theater. What better way to start said goal by presenting familiar storylines that everybody can appreciate.” Mohnani is quick to note, “Though our main focus is access, we strive to bring high quality productions, internationally known choreographers and world-class artists throughout our season. We are educating the community that the fine arts can be appreciated and experienced by all citizens of Nashville, regardless of age, race, creed, or socio-economic status.
Dance Theatre of Tennessee has been recently ranked first by a competitive, citizen-reviewed process through the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and has consistently been named as one of Nashville’s Top 15 Performing Arts organizations based on performance quality, overall business acumen and audience reach touching over 40,000 people through it’s performances and over 20,000 students through its outreach programs the past three years.
Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s Spring series is presented in part by the Metro Arts Commission.