By Meredith Deliso
The name may be Brooklyn Ballet, but the game is fusion.
“From Baroque to Hip Hop,” the company’s new production running at its Downtown space from March 3 to 13, shows the evolution of ballet, from its roots in the French court to its genre-bending reimaginings in the 21st century.
The program features obscure dances from the Baroque era, some presented for the first time in more than 150 years; representations of ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries, including work by George Balanchine; and the world premiere of “Close to You,” a new piece by Brooklyn Ballet Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson that unites ballet and hip hop dancers, forgoing tutus for graffiti-scrawled costumes by ymx and yellowman.
“We’ll be experimenting with mixed-movement fusion, reviving rarely seen ballets and paying homage to the great George Balanchine,” said Parkerson. “What could be better?”
“From Baroque to Hip Hop” at the Schermerhorn [160 Schermerhorn St. between Hoyt and Smith streets in Downtown, (718) 246-0146], March 3-13. Tickets $25 ($15 for students and seniors). For info, visit www.brooklynballet.org.