American Ballet Theatre - Of Love and Rage
Venue: Segerstrom Hall
Tickets start at $29.00
In a must-see World Premiere, Of Love and Rage is a new work choreographed by ABT Artist-in-Residence and MacArthur Genius Alexei Ratmansky, who finds his inspiration in the ancient Greek text Callirhoe. Written by Chariton of Aphrodesias, Callirhoe is widely acknowledged to be the oldest novel still in existence, set around 400 BC in the ancient Greek world, which, at that time, sprawled across the Mediterranean. A ballet in two acts, Of Love and Rage is influenced by the Greek aesthetic of beauty and harmony, incorporating many elements from ancient Greek drama. Ratmansky employs his expansive knowledge of classical ballet’s history and orchestrations of Aram Khachaturian’s score Gayane to create a powerful narrative of love and forgiveness, utilizing the full company of dancers. The corps de ballet, dancing as one unit, will portray supporting emotions in the commentary role found in Greek theater.
Alexei Ratmansky said, “Of Love and Rage is not a fairytale. Although it was written thousands of years ago, with the complexity of the relationship between Callirhoe and Chaereas at its core, it feels very modern and relevant. Callirhoe is a strong woman in a world where women had very limited options and no power. After early experiences where her fate is determined by men, she learns that she can use her beauty and her brains to shape her fate.” Ratmansky added, “I am fascinated by the topic of forgiveness. This is a story about how anger and jealousy tear two people apart – two people who are madly in love. Forgiveness is the only way they can reunite, and forgiveness requires strength. As Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.’”
Join us for free informative PreView talks by ballet historian, Elizabeth Kaye, beginning one hour prior to curtain time for each performance of “Of Love And Rage.”
Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Callirhoe – CHRISTINE SHEVCHENKO
Chaereas – THOMAS FORSTER
Dionysius – BLAINE HOVEN
Mithridates – ALEXANDRE HAMMOUDI
King of Babylon – KEITH ROBERTS
Queen of Babylon- KATHERINE WILLIAMS
Sunday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m.
Callirhoe – HEE SEO
Chaereas – ARAN BELL
Dionysius – JOO WON AHN
Mithridates – CORY STEARNS
King of Babylon – ROMAN ZHURBIN
Queen of Babylon – KATHERINE WILLIAMS
Running time (approximate):
2 hours 13 minutes