For the quintessential storybook ending, Salt Creek Ballet will bring to life Princess Aurora's wedding and other fairy tale dances featuring Little Red Riding Hood, Puss 'n Boots and the White Cat. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Westmont-based dance company will appear this weekend in the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.
Guest artists include Yoshihisa Arai, a lead dancer with Joffrey Ballet; Leticia Oliveira, principal at Texas Ballet Theater, and Ilya Kozadayev, former soloist with Houston Ballet.
The program will offer two world premieres: "Capricco Espagnol" by Ilya Kozadayev, and "MOZheart" by Eddy Ocampo. And the Chicago company LEVELdance will present "Level Pas de Quatre."
As choreographer, Ilya Kozadayev has had recent commissions for Boston Ballet's Raw Dance project, Houston Ballet and Kansas City Ballet. His new work for Salt Creek Ballet is a classically inspired, energy-filled piece. The son of Salt Creek Ballet's artistic directors, Sergey Kozadayev and Zhanna Dubrovskaya, he is an assistant professor of dance at the University of Oklahoma, and is pursuing his master's degree in choreography.
Eddy Ocampo is an internationally renowned contemporary choreographer and dance teacher, and has created ballets in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Russia and throughout the U.S., with companies including Giordano Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre and Thodos Dance Chicago. Ocampo and Chicago-based lighting designer Joshua Paul Weckesser founded LEVELdance in 2013.
Salt Creek Ballet brings "Sleeping Beauty: Aurora's Wedding and Additional Repertoire" to the McAninch Arts Center at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 17. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $20 for ages 17 and younger. The MAC is on the campus of College of DuPage at 425 Fawell Blvd.
Following the Sunday performance, SCB will host "Aurora's Ballet Class ONSTAGE," where children ages 3 to 10 can join the cast of "Sleeping Beauty" for an opportunity to dance onstage. They will meet costumed characters and learn dance steps before being treated to cookies and punch. The class costs an additional $5 per child.
For more information and tickets, call 630-942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org. Tickets to the ballet class are available by phone only.
About Salt Creek Ballet
SCB has produced performances for more than 230,000 people in Cook, DuPage and Kane counties since its founding in 1985, while earning a national reputation for excellence in dance.
SCB presents 10 annual public performances, in addition to its work as a nationally recognized training ground for professional dancers. The company also delivers arts outreach activities and programming to groups within the community. To learn more about SCB, visit www.saltcreekballet.org.