Audiences are in for a delightful treat with the West Coast Premiere of a rare gem created over a remarkable 18 months. ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky brings this comic treasure to life, inspired by Marius Petipa’s archival notes. In this full-length celebration of the Italian Commedia dell’ Arte, the love-struck Harlequin ardently pursues the captivating Columbine, whose father would prefer she marry a wealthy suitor. After madcap misadventures, love triumphs.
The set and costume designer Robert Perdziola, admired for his work in opera, theater and ballet, will create a sumptuous production designed on a grand scale, including 172 hats and 174 costumes. “The characters of Commedia dell’Arte have a basic joy and vitality that is immediate to the viewer as delineated by their costuming,” said Perdziola. “For this ballet, I hope to illustrate them with color and exuberance; paying homage to the original Petipa creation.”
Music: Riccardo Drigo, performed by Pacific Symphony
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Staging and Additional Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky
Set and Costume Designer: Robert Perdziola
Lighting Designer: Brad Fields