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Cultural Arts Division Performances and Events

Mosaic: Centennial Youth Ballet Spring Performance

Dates and Times

  • Friday, April 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2:00 p.m.


  • Adults: $12
  • Children Ages 12 and under: $8
  • Public ticket sales begin Monday, April 1.
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  • Z. Alexander Looby Theater
  • 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd

Join Centennial Youth Ballet for Mosaic, a mixed-bill performance of classical and contemporary ballet works. Jennifer McNamara's ...the heart is an organ of fire takes its title from Michael Ondaatje's magnificent book, The English Patient. McNamara originally choreographed the piece for Vanderbilt Dance Theatre during the 2015/16 school year based on the given theme creating change. She was immediately drawn to Stravinsky's Firebird for the score and wanted to use the legend of the Phoenix that rises from its own ashes as a basis for the story. She framed the original piece as an exploration of the struggles in a relationship between a man and a woman. In re-staging the piece for Centennial Youth Ballet, and in order to reflect the changing world in which we now live, McNamara shifted the focus from the struggles of a couple to explore the multiplicities that exist within each of us - and their fierce and tender grace - reframing each role as a different facet of a single personality.

Matthew Christensen has staged the pas de deux from Le Corsaire, one of classical era ballet's most famous and performed excerpts, noted for showcasing the dancers' technical abilities and artistry. Christensen also staged a suite of character dances from Act III of Swan Lake including the bold Hungarian, playful Neapolitan, romantic Russian and spirited Spanish dances.

Erin Kouwe's Undercurrent is a piece she built collaboratively with the dancers. The dancers embrace sweeping, expansive movements in choreography reminiscent of the rhythmic rolling and overlapping of water currents in a swirling eddy. Experience the versatility and artistry of our talented young dancers in a performance appropriate and engaging for all ages.