On Pointe at 50 and Beyond!… Featuring Marie-France Lévesque and The Los Angeles Dance Company is a Triumph!

“On Pointe at 50 and Beyond!… Featuring Marie-France Lévesque and The Los Angeles Dance Company is a Triumph! “

On Saturday November 2, 2013  the world-premiere of “On Pointe at 50 and Beyond!…”  took place at Scherr Forum Theater in Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Presented by The Los Angeles Dance Company featuring former American Ballet Theater ballerina Marie-France Lévesque and her ensemble of outstanding dancers in a multidimensional grand production including over 20 numbers in two acts from a Pot-Pourri Medley to French and Latin Quarters.

On Pointe at 50 and Beyond/ Photo Credit/Reggie Hailey

On Pointe at 50 and Beyond/ Photo Credit/Reggie Hailey

This very special  and moving evening marked Marie-France Lévesque’s  triumphal return to the stage upon turning 50 following  a devastating  car accident that stopped her career 14 years ago!  Marie -France is back “on pointe!” and encourages all  people of every age to get back “on pointe” in their lives too no matter what! “Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived no matter what great obstacles you face and no matter what people may think!” said Bob Pritchard, Master of Ceremony  as he welcomed and introduced  “On Pointe at 50 and Beyond!…”

On Pointe at 50 and Beyond/ Photo Credit/Reggie Hailey

On Pointe at 50 and Beyond/ Photo Credit/Reggie Hailey

This accomplished ballerina gave us a performance to remember! From classic pas- de- deux in White Swan, Tango à Trois,  Patrick Frantz‘s Elegie, Craig Williams Rendez-Vous in Paris, Fractured Dreams by Antonio Lopez and many other wonderful numbers choreographed as well by Gary Franco and by Marie-France Lévesque herself.

On Pointe at 50 and Beyond!.../Photo Credit: Reggie Hailey

On Pointe at 50 and Beyond!…/Photo Credit: Reggie Hailey

We were also treated to some Opera by Elisabeth Howard who  performed two arias  from Romeo and Juliette and La Traviata while Claire MacKenzie beautifully interpreted some Carmen with Habanera.

Photo Credit/Reggie Hailey

Photo Credit/Reggie Hailey

Grammy- nominated Latin piano virtuoso Freddie Ravel enchanted and entertained the audience throughout the evening as he accompanied live the dancers in several dance numbers from A Secret Place pas-de-deux , Fanfare, Pure Love “water” Journey through Ixtlan, Kama Sutra, and delighted us with his original compositions “In the Moment” and Rondo ala Salsa inspired by Mozart in an intimate festive atmosphere and happy hands clapping in unison in the theater!

Photo Credit /Reggie Hailey

Photo Credit /Reggie Hailey

Then , 7 Grammy artist Al Jarreau casually made his entrance on the stage : “Hi ! My name is AL, just call me AL… and I am going to rap for you this evening! to pay tribute to his friend Marie-France Lévesque delivering  a libretto co-written with Freddie Ravel “My Kite, the Dancer ( Ode to Ballet) ” which he performed free-style accompanied by Freddie Ravel on piano while dancer Emma Dewing & then  Marie-France  gracefully twirled around in a nostalgic dance.
Photo Credit/Reggie Hailey

Photo Credit/Reggie Hailey

A grand celebration of Life and Dance brought to lIfe!

BRAVO!!! ENCORE!!!

To get involved and help the LADC continue to inspire through dance to live “On Pointe” at 50 and beyond!… please  visit : www.theLADC.com

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