Help support BBT’s new World Premiere Ballet
Save the date! March 17, 2018 at Solano Community College
On March 17, 2018, the newly renovated Solano College Theatre will be host to a groundbreaking world première ballet, Legacy. Composed specifically for the Benicia Ballet Theatre by Dr. Durwynne Hsieh, the music will be performed live by Symphony Orchestra of Northern California.
Artists Dr. Hsieh and Margaret Rose Kenrick, Artistic Director of Benicia Ballet Theatre, last collaborated on 2014’s world première ballet Prisms. Prisms was an anthology of scenes around the common theme of overcoming adversity. It was warmly and enthusiastically embraced by the dancers and by audiences, which led to Kenrick suggesting Hsieh write another ballet to be featured as one of the first productions at the new Solano College Theatre. The piece is a full-length, two-act ballet which has become BBT’s latest spring production, Legacy.
Legacy’s story line highlights the challenges of Parkinson’s disease as it impacts the body over time. As it is expressed through dance, there is a rare opportunity to build awareness about PD. Inspired by the life story of a generous professor who passed due to the complications of Parkinson’s Disease, the ballet will walk through the life of a young person as he learns to live with the disease and rise above the loss of movement to find peace. The ballet begins with him looking back at the passion in his young life for his career and family. However, as the story progresses the disease is not only deeply frustrating, but it becomes more isolating. He shelters himself from the ones who care most as he awakens to how deeply PD will impact his life. Eventually he learns to love the man he becomes with PD, and is able to share generously of himself. Kenrick has created the ballet with the hope that it will facilitate further discussion about the fears of PD for patients, as well as caregivers, and young people who may be touched by the lives of those with PD.
Hsieh and Kenrick are both scientists and artists who have created this innovative new work as an extension of their own passion for connecting the rich and vital worlds of art and science. This new work not only reflects the emotional and physical legacy of those living with PD, but the legacies of these two artists who have merged the worlds of ballet and biology in a meaningful way. As it is expressed through dance, this creative work has the potential to heal bodies — and educate whole communities over time.
We welcome you to join us for two exciting performances on March 17, 2018. It is our hope that Legacy will help build awareness about an important social movement within yoga and dance organizations in the Bay Area, including Mark Morris Dance, that are taking a stand to support PD patients by offering programs tailored for their needs. Scientific evidence shows that focused movement, and social interactions can greatly improve the life of a PD patient.
Support BBT, a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, in bringing this important new work to the stage. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made HERE.