‘Paris Danse’: Delights of ‘old Paris’ at Union

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By Miryam Moutillet

With a French zest, “Paris Danse” will transport you into a myriad of scenes and images from La Belle Epoque (1880s) to Les Annees Folles (1920s).

This original work created by Miryam Moutillet reveals the Parisian life and the artistic vibrancy of this extraordinary period.

Inspired by old photography, paintings and music of masters, the show presents the splendors and nostalgia of past French culture. From ballet, to the French Can-Can and the Charleston, this show will enchant anyone who likes the effervescence of Paris and its legendary artwork.

Thirty performers including dancers, singers and musicians will entertain, fascinate and bring you on a journey through this remarkable time.

We have been collaborating with Professor of Modern Languages Charles Batson, who has been integral in the conceptualization of the show.

We are working together with our class, Staging Explorations, to create the core of the story line.  Faculty choreographies by Miryam Moutillet, Marcus Rogers and Amber Woerner, as well as senior dance projects by Anna Finlay, Danielle Kreig and Krystle Gallo will mesmerize you with their dreamlike moods.

Brittney Belz has been designing frilly costumes with colorful fabrics to enhance the audacity of our dancers’ movements. Charles Steckler has framed the inspirational artwork into a majestic décor. Robert Bovard is creating stage lighting that will take your breath away.

Musical Director, Andy Iorio (pianist), and French guest artist Sylvain Payot (accordionist) will give life to French music and convey the romance of Paris.

Connor Barrett ‘14, Emily Lnenicka ‘12, Alexander Infante ‘12 and Sonika Raj ‘13 will serenade you with French songs.

The show will take the stage May 23-26 at Yulman Theatre. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinée on Saturday, May 26.  Tickets will go on sale starting Wednesday, May 9 and can be reserved by calling 518-388-6545, or purchased at Yulman Theatre Monday through Friday from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

 

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