Roxey Ballet presents the new Made for Television productions of Children’s Classic Stories featuring Pied Piper of Hamelin and Carnival of the Animals. Showcasing its international cast alongside pre-professional dancers and students, both productions will premiere on Roxey Ballet’s Made for Television Channel.
Mark Roxey describes it: “Our contemporary version of The Pied Piper is a zany romp through a
notorious German folk tale with rock-opera style anthems and upbeat choreography.” The production
recalls the story of the rat-catcher dressed in multicolored clothing hired by a medieval town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the townspeople refuse to pay for his service, he invokes the pipe’s
power to lead the children away as he had the rats.
Carnival of the Animals tells the story of a child lost at a zoo who encounters a variety of dynamic
animals as she seeks her way home. In this musical suite by the French Romantic composer Camille
Saint-Saens, each of the fourteen musical movements depict particular animals. The ballet includes 57 colorful costumes and masks designed by Alicia Worden, Ana Vichnevetsky, and Nilda Roxey. As the
dancers interpret lions, fish, donkeys, elephants, chickens, tortoises, birds and kangaroos, audience
members are introduced to many styles of dance paired with Saint-Saens’ surprising instrumentation.
Performances are available on Roxey Ballet’s Channel at https://www.roxeyballet.org/piedpiper
Content includes additional Latin Culture works by Giovanni Ravelo, Mark Flaco Best, Solana
Hoffman-Carter, and Mark Roxey, as well as, Behind the Scenes auditions and rehearsals, interviews with cast and crew, dance classes, previews of the performances and bloopers.