'Porgy and Bess' ballet

September 10, 1998|By Judith Green

How many times can we hear the music of "Porgy and Bess"? Luckily, many, as the opera is ubiquitous in this year of George Gershwin's centennial.

Dallas Black Dance Theater is bringing a ballet version of Catfish Row to the Kennedy Center this weekend, featuring a legendary performance of the music.

Hope Clarke, who choreographed the Opera America/Houston Grand Opera co-production of "Porgy" that toured the country in 1987, created this dance interpretation. The score is the jazz recording made by Miles Davis in 1958, with additional music by pops conductor Richard Hyman. LeVon Campbell and Sarita Allen, both of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, perform the title roles.

Performances of the ballet "Porgy and Bess" are at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $20-$32. Call 800-444-1324.

Pub Date: 9/10/98

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