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NYC Ballet principal to dance as Philadephia Orchestra plays

NYC Ballet principal to dance as Philadephia Orchestra plays

New York City Ballet’s Ashley Bouder and Sebastian Villarini-Velez will perform the pas de deux from
NYC Ballet principal to dance as Philadephia Orchestra plays
Ashley Bouder dances Odette in New York City Ballet's Swan Lake.
Photographer: Paul Kolnik

New York City Ballet’s Ashley Bouder and Sebastian Villarini-Velez will perform the pas de deux from Tchaikovsky’s classic “Swan Lake” as part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Aug. 22 program at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The orchestra will be at SPAC from Aug. 6-23. The New York City Ballet will be at the venue July 9-12.

“Tchaikovsky’s glorious ‘Swan Lake’ score is considered one of his finest works. Yet, its power and beauty is magnified when the story comes to life through dance,” Marcia J. White, SPAC’s president and executive director, said in a press release.

“Since 2012, when we revived the tradition of featuring NYCB dancers in an orchestra performance, this evening has become one of the most highly anticipated events of our season.”

The choreography for the program will be excerpted from Peter Martins’ full-length production of “Swan Lake.”

Bouder, a principal dancer, and Villarini-Velez, a member of NYCB’s corps de ballet, will perform the “White Swan” and “Black Swan” scenes as the orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s score. Bouder, as Odette/Odile, and Villarini-Velez, as Prince Seigfried, will perform on a specially installed dance floor in front of the amphitheatre stage.

Bouder made her debut as Odette/Odile with New York City Ballet in January 2006. A native of Carlisle, Pa., she joined NYCB in June 2000 and became a principal January 2005.

She has performed lead roles in “Firebird,” “The Nutcracker,” “The Sleeping Beauty” and “Year of the Rabbit,” among others, and has been a guest artist on the international circuit dancing “Giselle” with Rome Opera Ballet and Kitri in the Kirov’s production of “Don Quixote.”

Villarini-Velez joined NYCB as an apprentice in August 2012 and became a member of the corps in August 2013. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he began his dance training in the states at the Miami City Ballet School under the direction of NYCB alum Edward Villella, and continued at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet in New York City, the official school of NYCB.

Rest of program

Stéphane Denève will conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra on Aug. 22, and the program, in addition to the excerpt from “Swan Lake” will include Mussorgsky/Stokowski’s “A Night on Bald Mountain” and “Pictures at an Exhibition,” and Stravinsky’s Suite from “The Firebird.”

Tickets to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s SPAC program are available online at spac.org; box office and phone sales begin May 15. Orchestra seats are $85-$32 inside and $24 on the lawn. Students get a 25 percent discount, and kids 12 and under can sit on the lawn free.

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