Classical anniversary

January 29, 1998|By Judith Green

Ballet in its classical sense -- airy footwork, frothy skirts and beautiful music -- is the fare for National Ballet's winter program at Prince George's Community College.

As part of the Bowie company's 50th anniversary season, it will present a program of 19th-century masterpieces.

Artistic director Pamela Moore will give her valedictory performance in the title role of "Giselle" (music by Adolphe Adam), partnered by former Bolshoi dancer Alexander Kedrov. (They will perform the second, or "white," act of the ballet, with its corps of "wilis," or winged spirits.) The program also includes the "Bluebird" pas de deux from "Sleeping Beauty" and Moore's "Capricio Espagna."

The capstone is "Pas de Quatre," based on a famous incident in ballet history. In 1845, the British theater manager Benjamin Lumley thought it would be box-office bonanza to bring together the four reigning ballerinas of the day -- Carlotta Grisi (the original Giselle), Lucille Grahn, Fanny Cerrito and Marie Taglioni tTC -- in a command performance.

The ladies showed up at the theater, but there all cooperation ended. They had to be provided with tailor-made solos (and costumes -- Taglioni insisted on wearing her trademark pearl choker) before they would consent to dance a few steps together as a finale. Anton Dolin re-imagined their rivalry in this 1941 ballet, set to the music of Cesare Pugni.

Performances are at 10: 30 a.m. Friday and 7: 30 p.m. Saturday in Hallem Theater, Prince George's Community College campus, Largo Road, Largo. Tickets are $15. Call 301-249-1178.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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