The Jefferson Ballet Theatre will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and again at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 400 Phlox St., Metairie. The performance, sponsored by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, will include Act 2 of “Swan Lake” as well as other classical and contemporary works.
The concert will open with a contemporary ballet set to Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto #4.” Younger members of the group will then join soloists to perform a czardas from “Raymonda.” In the company’s presentation of Act 2 of “Swan Lake,” Jefferson Ballet Theatre Director Kimberly Matulich-Beck will dance the role of the swan queen, Odette, with Cuban-trained dancer Dadier Aguilera-Ramos as her partner. Peter Elliot will perform the role of the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart. The three-act concert will conclude with another contemporary work, “Reformations,” set to music by Mendelssohn.
Some 30 students and professionals will participate in the performance. Featured in Swan Lake are Metairie residents Vayle Khalaf, a senior at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, and Hanley Simpson, a senior at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, dancing the roles of the two lead swans. The roles of the four cygnets will be performed by Isabella Elias, 14, of Kenner and a student at Academy of the Sacred Heart; Olivia Ernst, 14, of Metairie and a student at St. Martin’s Episcopal School; Psalm Fitch, 13, of Kenner and a student at Crescent City Christian School; and Spencer Protti, 10, of Belle Chasse and a student at St. Andrew the Apostle School.
Also featured are north shore resident and professional David Rochon, who will dance the pas de deux in “Brandenburg Concerto” with Khalaf. Also performing are Donovan Bendana, a junior at Isadore Newman School; Sarah Alexander, a senior at Benjamin Franklin; and Madelynn Hampton, a home-school student from Harvey, who will dance the featured roles in the czardas from “Raymonda.”
Other dancers include: Demi Brown, of New Orleans; Riley Cryer, of Kenner; Izabella De Jesus, of Gretna; Elizabeth Donner, of Metairie; Maria Paula Elias, of Kenner; Emilie Falstad, of Lafayette; Molly Glas, of Kenner; Chloe Jackal, of Metairie; Taylor Lucien, of New Orleans; Libbey Luminais, of Metairie; Katelyn Moore, of LaPlace; Abigail Nix, of Metairie; Sylvia Owen, of Metairie; Savanah Rodrigue, of New Orleans; Anne-Marie Theriot, of Destrehan; Ellie Villarubia, of New Orleans; Rebecca Vindel, of Kenner; and Rachel Yazbeck, of New Orleans.
Tickets range in price from $15 to $25 and may be obtained through the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, jpas.org.