Over the past year, Nevada Ballet Theatre has delighted audiences with some of the most well-known productions of standard ballet repertoire. The local troupe caused attendees to swoon with Sleeping Beauty, transported them to the Christmas fantasyland of The Nutcracker and gracefully wrenched hearts during Swan Lake.
Fittingly, the company is finishing its 2016–2017 season with another story ballet. But while the previously mentioned works all premiered in the late 1800s, the troupe’s season closer didn’t grace a stage until the 21st century. That’s not to say Smith Center audiences this weekend won’t be able to follow the production’s narrative, as the company says farewell this year with a classic tale: Peter Pan.
With the ballet being such a new work, we dug deep to find out more details about the anticipated production.
First performed: In 2006, by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. At the time of its premiere, Peter Pan was its biggest box-office hit.
Choreographed by: Alberta-born Jorden Morris, who began his ballet career with RWB, where he eventually rose in the ranks to principal dancer. And the Canadian ballet’s Peter Pan box-office hit? It’s only been surpassed by Morris’ Moulin Rouge—The Ballet.
Set to: A fantastic roster of works, all by British composers. And why wouldn’t it be? A Scotsman, Peter Pan novelist J.M. Barrie also hailed from the U.K. Attendees can look forward to listening to tunes by Sir Benjamin Britten, Eric Coates, Sir Edward Elgar, Ron Goodwin and Montague Phillips.
Production history: Prior to NBT’s staging, Morris’ Peter Pan will have only been performed by three other ballet companies. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Rhode Island’s Festival Ballet Providence have also presented the work.
What to expect: A full-length ballet in two acts. The work adapts Barrie’s famous story about the adventures of Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and the Darling siblings as they encounter Neverland fixtures such as Captain Hook, Tiger Lily and one extremely well-known crocodile. And as NBT is partnering with flying effects firm Flying by Foy for what’s sure to be an awe-inspiring spectacle, Tinkerbell’s pixie dust will be only for show …
Nevada Ballet Theatre’s Peter Pan
May 13, 7:30 p.m.; May 14, 2 p.m.; $29–$139, The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall, thesmithcenter.com