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Anne Veillon, Adelaide Saucier, Andrew Anderson, Margaret Lie, Ashley Eaves and Katelyn Chargois will perform “Sheer Whimsey” in the Lake Charles Civic Ballet Spring 2012 show on Sunday. (Special to American Press)

Anne Veillon, Adelaide Saucier, Andrew Anderson, Margaret Lie, Ashley Eaves and Katelyn Chargois will perform “Sheer Whimsey” in the Lake Charles Civic Ballet Spring 2012 show on Sunday. (Special to American Press)


Lake Charles Civic Ballet presents classics, new works in free performance

Last Modified: Monday, May 21, 2012 12:22 PM

From staff reports

“Stars and Stripes” and “Sheer Whimsy” are among classics to be performed by the Lake Charles Civic Ballet during its Spring 2012 performance at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Lake Charles Civic Center’s Rosa Hart Theater.

Admission is free.

The company will also present new works from Elizabeth Gates and Andrew Anderson, as well as pieces featuring students of Lady Leah Lafargue School of the Dance.

“Stars and Stripes,” a patriotic crowd pleaser, features the lightning-fast pointe work of Adelaide Saucier, Katelyn Chargois, Margaret Lie and Ashley Eaves. In another section, Anne Veillon, Tristan Morgan, Annabelle Bang and Julia Basone dance with force through petit and grand allegro jumping combinations. The military men of the piece, Anderson and Adrian Durham, help provide the illusion that these red-, white- and blue-clad dancers float like the stars on Old Glory.

“Room for Happiness,” a new work choreographed by Anderson, is set to the electronic compositions “Fortune Soul” by Blackmill and “Room for Happiness” by Kaskade.

“I wanted to play with the contradicting emotions in the two different pieces of music,” Anderson said in a news release. “‘Fortune Soul’ is an upbeat melody with strong beats, very positive and freeing, while ‘Room for Happiness’ is broken-hearted and distant but still with an uplifting message. The theme would be the struggle of breaking down the barriers that you fight with on a day-to-day basis, whether it be spiritual, emotional, mental or physical.”

Another selection, “Psalm of Spring,” was inspired by spring itself. Elizabeth Gates selected Handel’s “Water Music Allegro” for this work, and choreographed it for Saucier, Chargois and Eaves.

The piece premiered last November.

Gates says, “This Handel piece, in particular, was so vibrant I just imagined dancers in the place of rushing water of a stream or brook,” Gates said. “I imagined after all the ice has melted off the hills and rocks the water rushes out, giving life to all that need it. I really just wanted to play with the musicality of the dancers in the space; the pure joy of spring — beauty, movement and music were my inspirations.”

“Sheer Whimsy,” created by Lady Leah Lafargue Hathaway, debuted in 1983. It is the story of a sad, male mime (Anderson) who cannot be cheered by five happy female mimes (Saucier, Chargois, Lie, Eaves and Veillon) despite their best efforts.

This piece calls to mind the voiceless comedy of Charlie Chaplin and provides enthralling character work and expression to draw the audience into the story.

For more information on the performance, like Lake Charles Civic Ballet on Facebook, follow @LC_CivicBallet on Twitter, or go online to www.lakecharlescivicballet.com

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