Carnival Of The Animals

North Dakota Ballet Company Announces Upcoming Ballet Production of
“Carnival of the Animals” with special guests from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

January 17, 2013- The North Dakota Ballet Company & Academy has been bringing the artistry of dance to the Grand Forks Community for the past 50 years and specializing in the art of ballet and serves as the official state ballet of North Dakota. Their original production of Carnival of the Animals is directed by Emily Grizzell who is a former soloist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Grizzell joined NDBC in the fall of 2012 conducting bi-monthly workshops for dancers ages 11+ in ballet and pointe as well as working with the creation of the Carnival of the Animals production.

Emily Grizzell has performed all over the world as a soloist dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Trained by her mother, Peggy Goodner in Spokane, Washington, she continued her studies at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Professional Division at the age of 16. Upon graduation, Grizzell was taken into the company where she performed such roles as ‘Juliet’ in Rudi van Danzig’s Romeo and Juliet, ‘Nancy’ (Cinderella) in Val Caniparoli’s Cinderella
Story, ‘Princess Aurora’ in the Sleeping Beauty, ‘Clara’ in the Nutcracker, ‘The Cowgirl’ in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, and the works of Twyla Tharp, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Toer Van Schayk and others. She continues to work as a freelance dancer with choreographers across Canada and the United States. “We are ecstatic to have Emily join our dance faculty as she brings a whole new dimension to our company and our school. We look forward to
growing and developing the art of ballet to new level under her direction,” says Executive Director, Laura Dvorak.

Carnival of the Animals is a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. He composed the works in 1886. Grizzell’s original story follows a young girl’s adventure that dreams of escaping to a place filled with excitement. A puppet show of an animal menagerie will lead to magnificent animal dances across the stage to soon reveal a magical gift the girl holds. “This will be a fantastic
production for children and explores beautiful music in a fun and entertaining story,” says Dvorak.

The young girl lead role is played by Brooke Erickson, who is a member of the North Dakota Ballet Company.  Featured dancer Amar Dhaliwal will be joining the company to play a guest role as a lion as well as work in Act 1 of the production. The production involves works for the classical ballet Raymonda, original neo-classical work
choreographed by Carly Schaub, and an original twist to the classic music of Carnival of the Animals developed by Emily Grizzell.

The production involves featured roles danced by members of the North Dakota Ballet Company’s pre-professional company with special guest feature by Amar Dhalwali from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Dancers from the North Dakota Ballet Academy will also have featured dancers from ages 3 – adults and involving nearly 100 dancers.

The production will take place at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks, ND February 8 – 10, 2013. Show times are Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for adults. They are available through the Chester Fritz Box Office at 701.777.4090 or through ticketmaster at Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before each performance.

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