Virginia Trudeau This year’s display efficiencies start October 8 at Mystére Theater.
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017|2 a.m.
. This Sunday begins the 10th anniversary efficiencies of the annual collaboration between Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil known as “A Choreographers’ Showcase.” The first of three programs is set for 1 p.m. October 8 at the Mystére Theater at Treasure Island, and the program continues October 14 and 15 at the very same Strip area.
“AIR CONDITIONING” is emblematic of the long tradition of Las Vegas entertainers avoiding the Boulevard to work artistically with other regional artists, but there are 2 dancers-choreographers who are particularly thrilled to work together for this year’s edition.
Rachel Thomson is among the ballet’s business artists, in her 3rd year in Las Vegas from Alberta, Canada. She’s participated in “ACS” as long as she’s been in town, and she met Vegas native Anthony Cardona, an entertainer from Cirque’s “Michael Jackson One” show at Mandalay Bay, that first year. They began dating soon later on, and together they’ve created among the 15 initial works that will exist in this year’s show.
“We struck it off immediately, and she’s been my love since,” says Cardona. Though they’ve danced in the display, it’s the very first time for both performers to choreograph for the occasion. “We thought it was an excellent concept to collaborate and we were motivated by the whole team to do so, and they have actually been helping us along the way on the entire project.”
Cardona has choreographed different entertainment occasions at MGM Resorts residential or commercial properties during his profession, but the hip-hop dancer says this collaborative experience is expanding his point of view like never before. “She and I have 2 various trainings however we decided to come together and get rid of any presumptions of what we must be doing and start fresh,” he says. Their piece utilizes elements of Thomson’s style, ballet, combined with poppers, a bonebreaker, and other street-style dancers.
“Our piece is a combination of both of those [styles],” Thomson says. “There are specific sections he was more focused on and particular ones that are more my part, however numerous multiple parts where we bring them together.”
Their piece likewise includes a member of NBT’s Future Dance Scholars program, an outreach project established in 1993 that serves trainees from underserved communities and provides direct exposure to the art and education of dance.
“It’s an actually big honor for both of us to be part of the anniversary occasion,” Cardona says. “It’s not simply a partnership of artists, it’s truly various audiences coming together, too. People who may not go to a Cirque shoe or go to the ballet will sit together and delight in seeing these worlds collide.”
More than 60 regional artists from both companies plus 10 Future Dance Scholars will carry out in the showcase, a benefit for the nonprofit ballet company. Proceeds will support the business’s productions at the Smith Center along with its education and outreach programs. Tickets for the efficiencies begin at $25 and are available by calling 702-894-7722 or at nevadaballet.org.