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The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will move you this weekend with its newest production, “Be Moved.” Baker-Dillingham’s company of 25 pre-professional dancers perform four of her original works at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
The ballet, “Our Beloved Weeping Souls,” opens the program. Based on the family unit, the ballet focuses on six elements: love, father, mother, child, God and the reality of death.
The “Back Brandenburg Concerto” highlights the pure joy of dance and extremely feisty footwork in the first and third movements, while the second movement portrays the moving relationship between a brother leaving home for the first time and the young sister left behind.
After intermission, the dancers will present “The Diamond Dance,” a social commentary.
The comedy “Ah! Spring” rounds out the performance. The ballet’s storyline, written by Baker-Dillingham, is a satire based on the first school play anyone performed in, but uses dance as the medium. Characters such as a shepherd and his lambs, a mountain girl, a Tyrolean, Gypsies, a Princess, a dragon, a spider, a ladybug, a flower, a tree, a bee, a butterfly, a cat, a villain, a family of cave dwellers and a countess and cupid will be portrayed.
“This children-friendly mixed-bill production shows off the NMDT-PC dancers and their versatility in the many different ballets, styles of dance, and music they have performed in the past,” Baker-Dillingham said. Over the last nine years Baker-Dillingham and NMDT-PC have presented to the Los Alamos community numerous ballets, including “Dracula,” “Snow White,” “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Aladdin,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker” and several “Mixed-Bill” productions.
“Be Moved” will continue to escalate NMDT-PC to the forefront of pre-professional dance in Northern New Mexico,” Baker-Dillingham said.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Uli’s Cottontails, or at the door 45 minutes prior to performance times, and are $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for children age four or under.
Registration for classes at the NMDT School is ongoing. The NMDT studios are located in the heart of downtown at 147 and 149 Central Park Square.
Check the website at NMDT.org or call 661-3226 for more information on “Be Moved.”