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Ballet in the Park 2022

Ballet in the Park has been delighting audiences for almost 30 years. The event is free, open to the public, and is a 45-minute performance. Ballet in the Park is held in parks in Wichita and surrounding areas, including Augusta and Mulvane, featuring a different production every year. Our Ballet in the Park series has delighted thousands of attendees during the summer and fall over the years.

Past productions of Ballet in the Park include Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Peter and the Wolf and Prairie Tales. It’s a relaxed and casual atmosphere where those in attendance can meet and mingle with the dancers after the show!

Bring your blankets and chairs as you enjoy an outdoor ballet performance! Join us for our next production.

Tom Sawyer ballet by David Justin

Tom Sawyer is a newly commissioned ballet based on the incomparable novel by Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876.  Join Tom, Huckleberry Finn, and Becky Thatcher in an imaginative, entertaining adaptation about mischief-making, the fickleness of first love, the coldness that lingers after an adventure gone wrong and the unbridled joy at discovering a buried treasure. This production is for everyone who still celebrates all that is good and glorious about adventures and childhood.

Choreographed by Ballet Wichita’s recently appointed Artistic Director and internationally known director/choreographer, David Justin (Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet), the new work is designed to appeal to audiences young and old, just as the original book has done for over a century.

The timeless subjects of freedom, belonging, right and wrong make this a compelling story ballet for Ballet Wichita and the many communities it serves through touring performances.  Choreographer, David Justin states, “I love the idea of bringing a beautifully written piece of literature to dance.  Not only because of the fun, humor, and growth Twain’s characters experience; this writing presents important challenges that require open dialogue and thoughtful reflection on historical works and their continued value despite the challenges of the work, in this case the layered racism throughout the story. My approach comes from a place of respect for all the elements that weave together to create a new compelling piece of art, celebrating what’s come before and where we are going with dance and art. Being able to bring these pieces together is exciting as a director and for the dancers who help interpret such memorable characters.”

 

Friday, September 9, 2022- Goddard
Linear Park Pavillion    121 E Santa Fe
6:30 PM- Performance starts

Saturday, September 10, 2022- Ark City
Wilson Park     701 N Summit St
10:00AM- Performance starts

Saturday, September 10, 2022- Wellington
Sellers Park     601 N Harvey
6:30 PM- Performance starts

Sunday, September 11, 2022-Maize
Claire Donnelly Amphitheater      401 S. Khedive
1:00PM- Performance starts

Sunday, September 11, 2022- Derby
Madison Avenue Central Park     722 N Derby Ave
6:30 PM- Performance starts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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