Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Classic Ballet Brings The Heat

OAKLAND, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One theatre company is setting the stage on fire – literally.

The Crucible theatre facility is making ballet hot again with their latest dance piece, Stravinsky’s Firebird: L’oiseau de feu, which fuses classic ballet, breakdancing, and fire performances into a 1970s inspired performance.

The performance is a revamped, funk version of composer Igor Stravinsky’s original piece, which revolves around a magical bird and a prince it saves from death.

This newer version incorporates motorcycles into the ballet, maidens wearing flaming tutus, dancers and most of the scenery set ablaze, and has the firebird fly onto the stage to rescue the prince in a 1979 Pontiac Firebird that spits out flames from 12 feet in the air.

Executive director Michael Sturtz says, “We want to push people beyond their boundaries, including our dancers. They feel comfortable with fire though. We have had a couple little burns, but nothing too bad.”

Firebird runs tomorrow (Apr. 16) through Saturday (Apr.19) at The Crucible Theatre in Oakland, California.

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