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Will Smith/Bethany Cooke for Gaite Parisienne

Manassas Ballet Theatre Presents A Night At The Paris Opera and More!

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Will Smith/Bethany Cooke for Gaite Parisienne
Will Smith and Bethany Cooke for Gaite Parisienne

March 8-9 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

MANASSAS, VA….Manassas Ballet Theatre takes the audience on a journey to romantic France in it’s third program of the 2013-2014 season, A Night At The Paris Opera and More! March 8, 7:30pm and March 9, 3:00pm at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.

It’s been a stellar season thus far for Manassas Ballet Theatre. Not only has the company received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for it’s commitment to bringing professional ballet performances to area students, but one of it’s own company members, Will Smith, won a Virginia Commission of the Arts grant for choreography. Smith will debut his new piece, Laboro, as part of A Night at the Paris Opera and More!


The program’s first act will consist of both selected music and ballet pieces from the opera Faust and accompanied by vocalist Mark Luna. Additionally, Smith’s Laboro will be featured, during which the dancers share the stage with Washington, DC artist Katya Krupko, who will be painting during the performance.  Also featured is company dancer Anastasia Welsh’s piece Un Giorno di Primavera, danced to the music of Vivaldi.  The second act brings The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo’s colorful and energetic Gaite Parisienne to the stage, which debuted in 1938 and includes the famous can-can.  Each performance is accompanied by the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra.

Tickets start at just $25: or 888-945-2468

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About Manassas Ballet Theatre

Manassas Ballet Theatre is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 1983. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Northern Virginia by providing accessible and affordable professional ballet performances, educational outreach to the community and the highest level of training to the serious student. MBT is a National Endowment of the Arts 2013 Grant Recipient.


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