University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

N.D. Ballet presents “Carnival of the Animals” Feb. 8-10

Join the N.D. Ballet Company & Academy for the production of "Carnival of the Animals," as well as classical variations from the Ballet Raymonda and original neo-classical work by Carly Schaub.  Performance dates are Feb. 8-10; times are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Empire Arts Center.

Follow a young girl's adventure as she dreams of escaping to a place filled with excitement. A puppet show of an animal menagerie will fascinate you as the magnificent animals dance across the stage to reveal the magical gift the young girl holds!

About the Music:
The Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux) is a humorous musical suite by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saens. He composed piece in 1886, and regarded the work as a piece of fun. It has since become one of Saint-Saëns's best-known works, and is sometimes played by 11 instrumentalists, or more often with the full string section of an orchestra.

The play will be directed by Emily Grizzel, former soloist of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and will feature Brook Erickson of the North Dakota Ballet Company.  Special guest dancer is Amar Dhaliwal, soloist from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

This production is made possible through the funding support provided by the Myra Foundation, North Valley Arts Council, and Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau.

-- Laura Dvorak, ND Ballet Company & Academy, 701.746.6044,

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