Hartt School Community Division to Present LE CORSAIRE, 7/27


The Hartt School Community Division (HCD) presents Le Corsaire Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM. The performance takes place in Millard Auditorium on the University of Hartford Campus, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford.

Call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587, or visit hcd.hartford.edu, to purchase tickets. Admission is $10. University of Hartford discount rates are not available for this production. Group rates may be available to organizations. Contact Amanda Kilpatrick, Hartt Community Division Dance Department, at 860.768.6000 for more information.

The ballet, Le Corsaire, is loosely based on the poem of the same name written by Lord Byron in 1814. Le Corsaire, or "the pirate", is the story of one such pirate named Conrad, and is filled with adventure, chivalry, deception, survival, romance and love.

Le Corsaire staged by Laura Alonso, Artistic Director of From Studio to Stage, is based on choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Adolfe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Leo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, and Prince Oldenbourg. Since the premier of Le Corsaire, in 1856, Petipa himself revised the choreography many times and since then, the ballet has been performed around the globe by the world's leading Ballerinas and Danseurs. Laura Alonso has an extensive knowledge of classical ballet repertoire such as this one. Her mother is the famous Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Alicia Alonso.

Hartt's 2013 performance of Le Corsaire will be set, staged and brought to a professional performance level in just 4 weeks over the cours of From Studio to Stage. The production will feature guest artist Eddy Tovar and more than 40 pre-professional ballet students from around the United States who auditioned to attend the summer intensive, From Studio to Stage. Performers range in age from 10 to 20 years old.

2013 marks the second year of the From Studio to Stage ballet program. The inaugural year was an outstanding success, culminating with a sell-out performance of Coppelia.

About Artistic Director Laura Alonso: Laura Alonso was born in New York City; her parents Alicia and Fernando Alonso are outstanding figures of the world of dance. Laura studied with several renowned professors of the ballet world and was principal soloist at the National Ballet of Cuba for 25 years. After leaving the stage, Laura worked as personal trainer for her mother, Alicia Alonso, for 7 years.

Dancers trained by Laura Alonso have been awarded gold and silver medals and prizes at international contests, such as the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris and the Jackson International Ballet Competition, an occasion in which Laura was awarded the Prize to the Best Trainer. At the Gran Latinoamericano de la Danza 2001 competition, held in Córdoba, Argentina, she was appointed Vice-President of the Latin American Dance Confederation, in representation of Cuba.

Among Laura Alonso's students were José Manuel Carreño and Xiomara Reyes, top figures at the American Ballet Theatre; Marcela Goicochea, principal dancer in Chile's National Ballet; Lorna Feijó, Aliahydé Carreño and Víctor Gilí, top figures with the National Ballet of Cuba; Arionel Vargas, top figure with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; Edelquis Cruz, top figure with the Teatro Teresa Carreño Ballet of Caracas, among others.

Since 1984, Laura Alonso has worked as the General Director of Cuba's Center for the Promotion of Dance, internationally known as the PRODANZACenter, where young dancers and ballerinas are trained according to the syllabus of the CubanBalletSchool.

Laura is also the main organizer and promoter of renowned CUBALLET events, which are international courses that take place in different seasons of the year and in several countries.

She is a guest teacher at several ballet academies in Denmark, Finland, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, The Philipines, Mexico and the United States, and she has given courses as requested by prestigious ballet companies. Laura has also been part of the jury at important international ballet contests. Her pedagogical work has been recognized in the field of dance as she has become an ambassador of Cuban and international culture.

Laura Alonso Ballet, a company Ms. Alonso founded in 1995, presented annually more than one hundred functions in three theaters. He has traveled to Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Guadeloupe and Jamaica. The full repertoire of ballets of the company include: The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Corsair, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, La Fille Mal Gardee, La Sylphide, The Three Musketeers, Dracula, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges Yarini, as well as Pas de Deux concerts with classical and original works by contemporary choreographers.