Albano brings Summer Dance 2017 to Mohegan Sun

Summer Dance 2017 performed by the Albano Ballet Company of America returns to the Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theatre with two world premieres at 7 p.m. Aug. 3.

On the program will be Debussy's "Afternoon of a Faun," which was Rudolf Nureyev's signature dance. Albano Ballet has staged its version of the classic piece at Nureyev's Italian estate overlooking Monte Carlo. Joseph Albano choreographed this latest adaptation.

Also part of the Aug. 3 performance will be "Ballet Egyptien," danced to music by Alexander Luigini and originally choreographed for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo stars in 1962 by Albano.

“The Mystery” is an opera ballet for five ballerinas set to the poetry of Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral, with music by American composer Carlyle Floyd. This ballet reflects motherhood, from inception to birth and the rocking of the baby. The opera vocals are sung by soprano Phyllis Curtain.

Rounding out the program are “Ives and Me,” a tribute to the the roots of America's traditions with music by Connecticut composer Charles Ives; and Albano’s complete “Peter and the Wolf” ballet set to music by Sergei Prokofiev. "Peter and the Wolf" combines both the Albano Youth Ballet Company and the main Albano Ballet Company. Other Connecticut dancing schools with coordinated summer dance intensives have been invited to participate.

Tickets are $40; visit mohegansun.com. Albano Ballet Company can be reached at (860) 232-8898 and via albanoballetcompany@netzero.net.

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