THE LAST UNICORN, based on the novel by Peter S. Beagle, is a large dramatic story ballet choreographed by Rosine Bena to the music of Franz Lizt. The creation of this work took Bena three years to complete and the work was first presented in the SF Bay area in 1989 and 1991.
The ballet received rave reviews and standing ovations from the audience. Bena’s choreography was reviewed as “ brilliant” by the San Mateo Times and the ballet was so popular that audience members requested it be repeated the following year. The author of the book, Peter Beagle, called the ballet the work of an “artistic genius”.
In two acts and a prologue, the ballet tells the story of the last Unicorn left on earth who journeys far to save the rest of her race- ( Unicorns who have been captured and held prisoners by the cruel King Haggard and his servant, the evil Red Bull). On her journey, the Unicorn encounters several entertaining characters including the witch, Mommy Fortuna; an evil, Monster Bird; a fun-loving Butterfly; a wonderful maidservant, Molly Grue, and the hilarious would-be Magician, Schmendrick who turns the Unicorn into a Princess to help disguise her and save her from the Red Bull.
Complete with many wonderful characters and filled with romance, humor, and drama, THE LAST UNICORN is a story to delight all ages.
This program will star Polish ballerina Dajana Klos and former Joffrey dancer Randy Herrera with a large company of SNB professional dancers; dancers from the SNB apprentice program, and students from the Reno/Tahoe/Carson areas.
Jack Neal predicted the success of SNB when he wrote: “ at last a truly professional dance company emerging in the Reno metropolitan area”.
Versatile and innovative, Sierra Nevada Ballet is northern Nevada’s professional ballet company and incorporates the popular with the experimental. Always a crowd pleaser, the Ballet offers music and different types of dance from well-known classical to new-age contemporary original pieces.
For more information about this event, and the Sierra Nevada Ballet, visit sierranevadaballet.org or call (775) 360-8663
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