Spring Ballet Celebrates Kansas’ 150th Birthday

News Date: 
Fri. 02/25/2011

Friends University will offer audiences a sampling of the finest in contemporary ballet with a mixed program for the Spring Ballet of four ballets and two premiers.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 4-5, and 2 p.m. March 6 in Sebits Auditorium. Tickets cost $15 for adults, and $12 for senior citizens and students.

Featured in this performance will be “The Great Plains,” which is about the pioneer spirit of the people that settled Kansas and the cycle of life, love and hardships they endured. The scenery is a replica of a water color painting of one of Kansas’s great artists, Charles Sanderson, and was painted by his daughter Charla B. Sanderson. The ballet is being presented for the 150th anniversary of the State of Kansas with choreography by Stan K. Rogers and music by Steven Foster.

Also included in the Spring Ballet will be two ballets by Friends University graduate Melonie Buchanan, who is now the head of dance at Mesa State University in Grand Junction, Colorado. “Solice” is a contemporary ballet with music by Arvo Part and “A Recokoning Force” with music by Mongolian Folk Songs and the Yoshida Brothers. Also presented will be a new ballet by Stan K. Rogers with music by Ades.

“With an entertaining mix of dance, theater, visual art and poetry, the performances will stimulate all the senses,” Rogers said.

For information on the Spring Ballet or any other Fine Arts performances, contact the Fine Arts Department at 316-295-5677.

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