Ballet Nebraska finished up their first week of work in the company’s fifth season of professional dance, in what the director calls a milestone, according to a release from the organization.
“Our fifth season shows not only the company’s rising stature, but the comeback of dance as a centerpiece of Omaha’s cultural life,” said Erika Overturff, Ballet Nebraska’s founder and artistic director. “Less than five years ago, when I was a dancer with a previous Omaha company, we were called into a studio and told that the ballet was finished and our artistic careers here were over. Some people said dance just couldn’t succeed in Omaha.
Ballet Nebraska’s 20 professional dancers, including seven artists new to the company, will open their home season October 4 at the Orpheum Theater with Giselle, an 1841 masterpiece that Overturff calls a revolution not just for dance, but for every kind of theater. “Giselle exemplifies how theater can be a complete package,” she said. “It’s a profound story, with intense characters, told through pure action, swept along by a musical score that heightens the emotions. And the story itself is brilliant -- it has love, jealousy, secrets, moral conflict, and an army of vengeance-seeking ghosts. What more could you want?”