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Ballet Arkansas: “Sleepy Hollow”

By Stephanie Smittle

FRIDAY 10/18-SUNDAY 10/20. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. UA Pulaski Tech Center for Humanities and Arts. $30-$35.

Ballet ArkansasMelissa Dooley, courtesy of Ballet Arkansas
$30 – $35

Anyone who witnessed the lunging, lurching power of Ballet Arkansas’s “Dracula” this time last year knows our city’s professional ballet company is gifted far, far beyond the bounds of “The Nutcracker.” Like “Dracula,” the troupe’s 2019 production is built on original choreography from Ballet Arkansas Executive and Artistic Director Michael Fothergill, this time geared to interpret Washington Irving’s 1920 gothic novel.

It’s “an ambiguous literary work,” the ballet’s Associate Artistic Director Catherine Garratt Fothergill told us, both “a love story and an eerie tale.” Ballet Arkansas just celebrated its 40th anniversary, and the Fothergills’ tenure thus far has been marked by inventive collaborations — like this one, in which local media firm Cranford Co. provides video projections (filmed at the Historic Arkansas Museum) and 360-degree surround sound as backdrop for the dancers. And, Catherine Fothergill said, a majority of the costumes for “Sleepy Hollow” will be built here in town at the direction of Ballet Arkansas costume director Verda Davenport-Booher, “to include a unique blend of period and modern attire, thanks to a growing partnership with the costume shop at our neighbors,” the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. “We’ve accomplished many things over these 40 years,” Fothergill told us, “but as we look forward to our future, we have shifted our focus to presenting unique portrayals, cross-pollinations and interactive experiential programming.”

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October 19, 2019
$30 – $35
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