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Art Comes in Many Forms in Nine Sinatra Songs


| by Lindsay Patton-Carson


Songs, packs pop culture, music, dance and fashion into one evening. For the music lover, Nine


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Sinatra Songs features classic music from Ol’ Blue Eyes, as well as pieces to José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane and the clas- sical Paquita. “There are modern master-


pieces and classic ballet pieces,” said Misty Hendricks, market- ing and box office director at GRBC. “You never know what you’re going to expect.” Fashionistas can ogle the


costumes, which were created by legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, and are what Hendricks calls “very dance- able gowns.” Dance aficionados can ap-


T THE GRAND RAPIDS Ballet Company, art doesn’t just come in the form of dance. Its recent production, Nine Sinatra


Even politicos can appreciate this show.


Recently, a duet from Nine Sinatra Songs was performed at the first White House dance event, hosted by Michelle Obama. Hendricks says this production, as well as many that are presented at GRBC, makes the art of dance accessible to anyone. “You don’t have to know


a lot about ballet to enjoy this production,” she said. “This helps with the great music and beautiful costumes.” Rehearsals for the produc-


NINE SINATRA SONGS Peter Martin Wege Theatre, Grand Rapids Jan. 28-30, Feb. 4-6, show times at 2 and 7:30 p.m. $30, $25 for seniors, $20 for children grballet.com, (616) 454-4771


preciate the choreography by Twyla Tharp, who has not only choreographed more than 135 pieces, but is also the recipient of the National Medal of Arts.


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tion began in September, with Charlie Hodges as the repetit- eur – a fancy way to describe a “dance coach” – who was chosen by Tharp to make sure the dancers present the choreography correctly in their performances. Nine Sinatra Songs will


be performed at Peter Martin Wege Theatre, a 300-seat theatre, which Hendricks calls


“very intimate.” She also suggests purchasing tickets early, since there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding this performance. n


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