Monterey County Dance Theatre’s ‘La Sylphide’ opens this weekend – Salinas Valley Tribune

SALINAS VALLEY: The Monterey County Dance Theater will host its spring show, “La Sylphide,” this weekend at the King Stanton Theater in King City.

The local performance is a Monterey County premiere.

“‘La Sylphide’ is the oldest classical romantic ballet in the history of classical dance,” said MCDT director Janette Harkness. “It’s a timeless, 190-year-old story.”

The plot of “La Sylphide” includes fairies, a witch and a hero and heroine. Harkness said the story comes from the Romantic period, when ballets took on long stories usually imbued with supernatural elements.

She explained that the story is about choice, but because of love and magic, it is more suitable for older children. The youngest in the show will be 8 years old.

“I’ve been wanting to do ballet for a long time because you need to have the right age group to be able to put together this mature ballet,” Harkness said. “It’s a little deep for the younger ones to understand.”

The ballet is set in the Scottish Highlands and tells the story of a farmer named James, who is engaged to a woman named Effie. A fairy enters the scene on her wedding day and is delighted with James. Harkness said the scarves are highly recommended.

Three nights of performances will include three main casts, which Harkness said was due to the intensity of the dance moves. The triple casting also allowed for the rehearsals to be adapted in the event of Covid’s interruptions and gave more dancers the opportunity to take on lead roles.

A total cast of 50 South Monterey County artists will take part in the dance weekend.

Playing the role of Sylph are Olivia Garcia on Friday, Kali Jimenez on Saturday and Chloe Arriaga on Sunday. Madge the Witch will be played by Kelly Tate on Friday, Natalyse Solomon on Saturday and Daisy Picazo on Sunday.

Effie will play Rachel Garcia on Friday, Carlie Johnson on Saturday and Sheccid Salas on Sunday. James will be played by Gideon Brown, and his godfather Gurn will be played by his brother Shadrach Brown.

Harkness said “La Sylphide” is currently being performed at the San Francisco Ballet and has only been staged five times in California. That rarity was one of the reasons he went to see it, he said.

The dance itself is more intense, with movements that reflect fairies, and Harkness said the production’s challenging footwork has a connection to the implementation of ballet shoes in ballet. The stage will also be reflected in the live bagpipe performance, as well as the traditional kilts obtained in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tickets will be available at the door. Performances on March 18 and 19 begin at 7 p.m., and performances on March 20 at 2 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Monterey County Dance Foundation, which helps MCDT dancers with performance fees and scholarships.

The Foundation will also host an outdoor fair outside the doors one hour before each performance.

Foundation President Teri Storelli said that in addition to trinkets and food available for purchase at the fair, there will also be an opportunity for individuals and businesses to sponsor the upcoming “Nutcracker” mural.

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