This year’s Friends University Fall Ballet Oct. 9-11 will begin with “How to Look at Dance,” with narration by Sharon Rogers, ballet mistress for the Friends University Ballet Department. The piece gives a brief overview of everything ballet dancers do daily to prepare for rehearsal and the stage, and how the audience could look at dance. A ballet titled “Pieces,” with choreography by Stan K. Rogers and music by Glass, will show how the dancer’s body can portray music.
Brahms’ “Variation on a Theme” will also be on the program as a collaborative piece created by Houston native Dominic Walsh and Stan K. Rogers. The ballet is a contrast between classical ballet and modern ballet with the two choreographers altering and contrasting the two forms with two groups of dancers. It will show how two styles can be developed from the same base.
“The Prodigal Son” will be performed for the first time in nine years with choreography by Stan K. Rogers (after Balanchine) and music by Prokofiev. “The Prodigal Son” tells the biblical story of a restless son who rebels against his father and goes off to a distant country where he wastes his inheritance on riotous living. After losing all he has, he returns home broken and disgraced to throw himself at his father’s mercy.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and Oct. 10, and 2 p.m. Oct. 11 in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, call 316-295-5537 or 1-800-794-6945, ext. 5537.