Verb Ballets mounts the classic, Raymonda’s Wedding. The ballet opens with the ensemble in beautiful radiant tutus, full of spirited czardas rhythms. Both directors Dr. Margaret Carlson and Richard Dickinson, MFA have danced this challenging ballet and are pleased to bring this classic to the company repertory. The company interviews capture the challenges of staging this work during the time of COVID-19 pandemic. The company will present Raymonda’s Wedding and Rococo Variations on the first of the ACCESS/Verb, private live stream performance series, on Friday, July 31st !
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Private live stream performance July 31st at 7:00pm EST
The Raymonda Ballet
The tale of Raymonda is a Russian ballet performed in three acts originally choreographed by Marius Petipa in 1898 to music by Alexander Glazunov. Today, the Raymonda Ballet is still performed by many ballet companies throughout the world. The story is based on Count Jean de Brienne (a knight), betrothed to Raymonda (a young Hungarian noblewoman), who abandons her to join the Crusades against the Saracens. The ballet is famous for its Grand Pas Classique known as the Grand Pas Classique Hongrois or Raymonda Pas de Dix from the third Act, which is often extracted from the full-length work to be performed independently. The third act is the wedding of the two happy lovers as the castle celebrates their marriage in an explosion of merriment. Together, this all creates the image of a heroine who embodies the many facets of womanhood. The piece will feature the virtuosity of the dancers with technique, grace, beauty of line and absolute skill.