Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents Suspiria
Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet’s 2016-17 season will open with a one-night-only performance on Halloween night as part of their ongoing partnership with the historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. Back by popular demand, the program will center on the 1977 Dario Argento film, Suspiria.
The film stars Jessica Harper as an American ballet student who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany but later realizes that the academy is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of murders. Suspiria has become one of Argento's most successful feature films, receiving critical acclaim for its visual and stylistic flair, use of vibrant colors, and its soundtrack, by progressive rock band Goblin.
DNCB will present three pieces to precede the screening of Suspiria in 35mm. The opening piece by Nicolina Laswon is a neo-classical work set to Night on Bald Mountain. According to Mussorgsky, Night on Bald Mountain depicts dark witches' ritual, conjuring up the devil on a bleak mountaintop. The gathering of witches gossip, dance and play tricks while awaiting the company Satan. When the devil arrives, the witches seduce and worship him, hoping to be his chosen favorite. As the sun rises, all evil is broken by the dawn, the Sabbath. Danielle Georgiou will bring to the stage a new piece set on the DNCB dancers that draws from her reaction to the film. Murmur, a movement for three dancers, is an equally sensuous and athletic work exploring the dynamics and action of shared secrets.
The final piece is Founding Artistic Director, Emilie Skinner’s Coven which premiered in 2014 at the Texas Theatre. Continuing the theme of the night, Coven features a cast of witches led by their High Priestess encroaching on an innocent girl and uniting their powers against her. Representing characters from Suspiria, the dancers move to carefully selected songs from the film’s soundtrack, which have been mixed and mastered by Danny Skinner.