DCW50’s Robin Hamilton Visits Little Dancer

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Photos by Paul Kolnik

If you were ever looking for a piece of artwork to leap off a canvas and captivate your imagination, then a trip to the Kennedy Center for Little Dancer is a must.

The musical, which is part fiction and part fact, tells the tale of the ballerina who inspired the famed painter and sculptor Edgar Degas.

Degas, who was an acclaimed painter during the 19th century, often made dance the central subject in his works. Often there was one particular ballerina that not only was the focal point of his paintings, but the model for one of his most famous sculptures.

The writer, Lynn Ahrens, takes artistic license and creates a story around who this young ballerina might have been (her name is Marie in the musical), and the relationship she had with the man who made her his muse.

The cast is packed with enormous talent including 4 time Tony award winner Boyd Gaines, who plays Edgar Degas, and Rebecca Linker, a 3 time Tony nominee.

However, it is Tiler Pecks’ breathtaking ballet performance as Marie that captures so much of the magic in this musical. Peck, who is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, literally brings the story of this mysterious dancer to life.

The lighting and set design add to the feeling that you are witnessing art as it is being created.

This is the world premier of Little Dancer, and will be playing at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre though November 30th. For more information, you can go to http://www.kennedy-center.org.

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