Methuen Ballet Ensemble will present its interpretation of Sleeping Beauty, a tale of a young princess who is enchanted by black magic, and the prince who saved her. As the ballet begins, the baby Princess Aurora has just been christened and the King and Queen have declared a grand celebration. Six fairies have been invited to the celebration to bestow gifts of virtue upon the child. The evil Carabosse, furious that she was not invited to the celebration, storms in and curses the baby!
According to the curse, on Princess Aurora’s 16th birthday, she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The King and Queen are devastated but the Lilac Fairy weakens the curse. Instead of dying, Princess Aurora will fall into a deep sleep for 100 years. At the end of the 100 years, she will be awakened by a kiss from a handsome Prince named Desire. Come celebrate with Puss n' Boots, the White Cat, Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf and the Bluebird.
The Ensemble is excied to welcome two very special guest principal dancers to this production, Petra Conti and Eris Nezha. Petra Conti, formerly of La Scala Ballet Company and the Boston Ballet is an internationally famed prima ballerina. Most recently, she performed the principal roles of Odette and Odile at the Kiev National Opera and is a resident guest principal ballerina with the Los Angeles Ballet. Eris Nezha is currently a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet. Prior to joining Boston Ballet, he was a principal dancer with La Scala Ballet Company. Nezha has performed leading roles as a principal guest artist with Berlin Staatsballett, Zagreb HNK, Tirana Opera House, Opera di Roma, Arena di Verona, and Teatro San Garlo, among others.
History of the Methuen Ballet Ensemble:
Vanessa Rae Voter founded Methuen Ballet Ensemble in 1989 as a platform for promising students to showcase their talents, performing both classical and modern ballets for the public. Her inspiration came from her years as a dancer with Boston Ballet. During the audition process for The Nutcracker, those children not cast in roles touched her, by their disappointment and tears. She vowed that someday she would have a company of her own, where every child who auditioned would be guaranteed a part. She realized her dream and has been successfully staging The Nutcracker for over 20 years, never having rejected an auditioning dancer.
About Vanessa Rae Voter:
Vanessa Rae Voter is Artistic Director and Choreographer for Methuen Ballet Ensemble, a semi-professional ballet company. She is also Director of the Classical Ballet program at Voter's School of Dance, founded by her mother, Pam Voter, in 1951.
Ms. Voter attended The Boston Conservatory. In addition to dancing with Boston Ballet, she also performed with Ballet Dance Theatre of Boston. Her extensive training includes instruction from Marina Svetlova, Madame Sulamith Messerer (former Prima Ballerina and teacher with the Bolshoi Ballet), E. Virginia Williams, Violette Verdy, Robert Pierce, and David Howard. She has been a guest teacher for Dance Teachers Club of Boston and Dance Teachers Club of Brockton, as well as serving on judge's panels in both Boston and Brockton. She is a member of Dance Teachers Club of Boston and National Council of America and a member of Dance Masters of America.
In addition to teaching classical ballet on a full-time basis, Ms. Voter has also staged and choreographed all ballets performed by Methuen Ballet Ensemble. Included in her portfolio are: Swan Lake, Peter and the Wolf, Peter Pan, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, The Fisherman & The Maiden, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppellia, The Magic Flute, Petrushka, La Petite Fantastique, and The Nutcracker.
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