Menlowe Ballet presents Lineage, Artistic Director Michael Lowe’s homage to the rich historical legacy he received during his 30-plus years as a principal dancer and choreographer with Oakland Ballet Company under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director, Ronn Guidi.
The program features Lowe’s Tribute and Serie, and Guidi’s Trois Gymnopédies and Romeo and Juliet Pas de Deux. Performances are Friday and Saturday, November 15 & 16 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m., at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, CA 94027. Tickets ranging from $28 to $45 may be purchased at www.menloweballet.org or by calling (800) 595-4TIX (4849).
From the late 1970s through the ‘90s, Ronn Guidi’s Oakland Ballet rose to prominence for its meticulously and lovingly-crafted reconstructions of rare Ballet Russes masterpieces and Americana classics. Guidi brought some of the dance world’s last remaining legends to Oakland to set works directly on his dancers. Among them: Leonide Massine; Irina Nijinska; Eugene Loring; Agnes De Mille; Frederic Franklin, Nicholas Beriozoff, Anna Sokolow, Ruthanna Boris, John Butler, and Willam Christenson.
Menlowe’s Artistic Director Michael Lowe participated in each re-creation, dancing leading roles in many. Says Lowe, “I attribute much of my choreographic inspiration and sensibility to the experiences I had working with these great artists. Our season, Lineage, reflects my fascination with the tradition of passing dance down one generation to the next–artist to artist.”