ARKA Ballet will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with two performances at the American Dance Institute June 20 and 21. The program will feature the U.S. premiere of a new ballet, La Revancha del Tango (redux), by the company’s artistic director, Roudolf Kharatian. The repertoire will include a blend of classical and contemporary ballet works.
La Revancha del Tango was originally commissioned by the National Ballet of Armenia and premiered at the Armenian National Opera House in 2008 with 20 dancers and sets inspired by one of Kharatian’s paintings. Kharatian has adapted the work for ARKA Ballet’s ten dancers.
Using the music of the Gotan Project, Kharatian explores the inner workings, the passion and the intensity of the tango. “In this piece, I bring together past influences and present aspirations to present a snapshot of young people today as they navigate the dynamics of complex relationships,” says Kharatian. “These relationships are familiar to us, they draw us in, because they mirror our own instinctive rhythms, our attractions, our passions, our desires.”
For this program, dancers include Elizabeth Gaither, Sona Kharatian, Laura Urgelles, Jonathan Jordan and Luis Torres. Also appearing will be Diana Albrecht, Morgann Frederick, Rui Huang, Jade Payette, Corey Landolt and Tyler Savoie.
ARKA Ballet’s mission is to nurture, develop and showcase talented dancers and to provide opportunities for choreographic experimentation and development by promising and rising choreographers. ARKA Ballet premiered in 1999 with a gala performance at the Kennedy Center. Since then it has performed throughout the Greater Washington area, and toured nationally and internationally. Plans are currently underway for a summer 2010 European tour.