By Jonathan Tabbert for The Island Connection
The collaborative ballet company, Ballet Evolution, presents Charleston’s holiday classic “The Little Match Girl,” an original ballet with choreography by Jonathan Tabbert and original score by Laura Ball.
Ballet Evolution highlights the future of the art form as gifted young the artists of the Charleston Youth Ballet bring this holiday classic by Hans Christian Anderson to life with live accompaniment by the acclaimed musicians of Chamber Music Charleston. Featuring beautiful choreography by Jonathan Tabbert, lavish sets by Buchannan Arts and an emotional score composed by Laura Ball, this event promises to be a feast for the eyes and ears.
The “Little Match Girl” is the story of a poor child’s hopes and dreams as she endeavors to sell her bundle of matches on a cold, snowy New Year’s Eve. Hungry and unable to sell a single match, she strikes her bundle one by one. With each flame the girl experiences dazzling visions of dancing embers, dancing turkeys, and shooting stars.
Ballet Evolution brings a new artistic voice to Charleston audiences with a diverse opening season. This ground breaking arts organization is designed to act as a hub for the creation of new dance works and musical compositions. Ballet Evolution will provide the highest level of quality public performances to provide an essential dance experience for patrons and enhance the current arts atmosphere of our community. Its unique programming breaks boundaries in the Charleston arts scene with seamless integration of dance, live music, and story to implement a process that revives and reinvigorates a classical arts model. Performances are made possible by a season sponsorship by the Boeing Company.