On Saturday the 3rd of December, the Elizabeth de Zeller Academia de Ballet, will present their annual ballet show at the Altos de Chavón amphitheater. In this year’s show, they will perform their own take on “La Bayadère” originally by French choreographer Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus.
La Bayadère (meaning The Temple Dancer or The Temple Maiden) is set in India, and tells the heartbreaking story of the bayadère Nikiya and the warrior Solor, who have sworn eternal fidelity to one another but are kept apart in life. The High Brahmin, is also in love with Nikiya and learns of her relationship with Solor, and the Rajah Dugmanta of Golconda has selected Solor to wed his daughter Gamzatti. The story talks of envy, revenge and death and it is there, in death, that the lovers are finally united. The ballet is best known for the “Kingdom of the Shades” scene, a famous test of the dancers discipline.
The founder of the academy Elizabeth P. de Zeller, Tia Eli, started this tradition over 40 years ago. This presentation showcases all of the effort and passion students in the academy devote to dancing ballet, with a beautiful presentation each December in the Altos de Chavón amphitheater. Every student in the academy participates in this annual presentation, from the adorable toddlers to the most experienced dancers. As every year, this event will benefit the “Hogar de Ancianos Padre Abreu” (Home for the Elderly) highlighting the importance of helping our community.
Tickets will be on sale at the Altos de Chavón amphitheater box office on the day of the event and will also be sold in advance by the students with a cost of RD$250.00 p/p. Don’t miss out on this amazing presentation and help contribute to a great cause, and one of Altos de Chavón’s Christmas traditions!
When: Saturday December 3rd, 7:30pm
Where: Altos de Chavón amphitheater
Cost: RD$ 250 p/p
* Featured image from the “Enchanted Garden” presentation in 2015
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