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Barre None

The HBC will present selections from Balanchine’s repertoire in the upcoming “Barre None.”
The HBC will present selections from Balanchine’s repertoire in the upcoming “Barre None.”
By Alexandra L.L. Almore, Contributing Writer

Nov. 5 - 6, 8p.m. & Nov. 6, 2 p.m.

New College Theater

Directed by Samantha C. Cohen ’12

Produced by Andrea I. Moreno ’12

Access to the coveted selection of George Balanchine’s neoclassical ballet choreography requires months of planning and negotiations with the Balanchine Trust. Pieces from his renowned collection fused with exciting contemporary creations from Harvard student choreographers develop the vision for the upcoming Harvard Ballet Company’s “Barre None.”

“The Balanchine work is more on the classical side while other pieces contain music the audience will recognize and like,” the Company’s Director Samantha C. Cohen ’12 says. “We strove to have elements that were accessible while maintaining a high quality show.”

Cohen and producer Andrea I. Moreno ’12 discuss the energy and positive feedback the Company received after last year’s “Momentum.” Hoping to build off that enthusiasm, the Company invited acclaimed living guest choreographers—from Peter Pucci to Deborah Wingert—to create an even more diverse and ambitious show. “Barre None” will also feature choreography from alumna Nina K. Stoller-Lindsey ’10, Ricky D. Kuperman ’11, and Marielena Sosa ’12.

“Every show we try to foster student talent, as well as bring in guest choreographers so they have the opportunity to work with both their classmates and professional choreographers. I think this is something we offer that is really unique,” Moreno says.

Cohen and Moreno both expressed the Company’s delight to be back in the New College Theatre, a venue that enables them to incorporate interesting production factors that appeal to a wide audience.

“Sharing elements of dance with the Harvard community who might not have had that experience is really exciting,” Cohen says.

—Alexandra L.L. Almore

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