Friday, November 22, 2013

Art with a Twist Gibbes' Kids presents The Little Match Girl

Taking ten year old boys to the ballet can be amusing. I forgot that my boys had not seen a ballet for a few years and so the comment "What? There's no talking in ballet, Mama?" took me off guard. The plus side of this is watching them really focus on every movement to unravel the plot. Attending this performance last Saturday reminded me that the beauty is in all the little details like the "conversation" in the dancers' eyes (as shown above).

This past Saturday, the Gibbes Museum of Art offered a special sneak preview of The Little Match Girl as part of their "Art with a Twist" series for Gibbes' Kids. Choreographed by Jonathan Tabbert with music composed by Laura Ball, Chamber Music Charleston sounded amazing inside the sunlit Circular Congregational Church downtown. This intimate stage provided a chance for young children to gather up close to watch the performance by students of the Charleston Dance Institute.

I'd like to share four of the most sincere reviews by some little friends of mine who attended the performance and they are as follows...

"My favorite character was The Little Match Girl. I also loved the girl in the Fire costume and I thought parts of the story were sad. I loved the music." - Charlotte Grace Halford (age 8)

" The Little Match Girl was so beautiful and graceful but when the fire came she danced so fast. There was a naked man with a funny leotard in the ballet too!" - sisters Reeve(6) and Rose(5) Kotz

" The best part was that guy with the big muscles in the turkey suit!" - Cole Sabine "I liked the music the best and the way the sun came into those glass windows." - Aidan Sabine (twins, age 10)

Coming soon, your chance to catch the Full Stage Performance!

The Rose Maree Meyers Theater
Charleston County School of the Arts
5109-B West Enterprise Street, North Charleston
Tickets: $20 adult, $10 child. 
Saturday December 14th (2pm and 7pm) and Sunday December 15th (3pm), 2013
click here for the link to Charleston Dance Institute's Facebook page for interesting details
To purchase tickets, click here

*special thanks to the Gibbes Museum of Art for inviting Pluff Mud Kids to enjoy this special event!

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