DALLAS — The Joan Harris Centre will present the full-length ballet called “Corciev, the Grieving Wood” April 21 and 22 in the Dallas Performing Arts Centre at the Dallas High School.
Corciev is the story of a grieving queen whose loss is so great it could darken an entire forest. The spell can only be lifted by the kindness of a young child. The story is set in a surreal kingdom, as the tale revolves around Queen Clava.
The performance combines an original script, avant-garde choreography, a musical score featuring symphonic treatments of rock legends and adds some magic and illusions.
Corciev will be performed at 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22,.
Tickets are $15 in advance and may be purchased at the Harris Conservatory for the Arts, Charles Street in Luzerne. For information, call 570-287-7977 or 570-718-0673.
It has been six years since the Joan Harris Dancers last staged this work.
Corciev represents a collaboration between author and area native Dr. Kenton Harris and choreographers Elisabeth Harris and Jennifer Harris. The repertoire for the work includes both classical ballet and modern pieces which are staged to a musical score that is quite unique.
Act One features compositions by Mozart, Listz and Wagner; however, the score for act two features symphonic treatments to the music of Pink Floyd, such as the songs Time and Money and Led Zeppelin, Kashmir and Battle for Evermore. The score creates a dream like reality for this unique fairy-tale.
The prologue reveals the queen lost her child and has gone into such a deep state of mourning that it cursed nature itself to weep. She wanders the kingdom at night searching for her beloved daughter and, from time to time, spirits away children to her forest sanctuary in the hopes of relieving her pain.
Such is the case when Clava and her dark wraiths abduct the young Princess Anna. A rescue attempt is made by her older sister Princess Joan, who, with the help of a sorceress and four good spirits, sets off for the forest.
The roles of Princess Joan and Princess Anna will be assayed by Caroline Conrad, of Dallas, and Eliana Pileggi, of Swoyersville.
The court Sorceress will be played by Kaylee Serbin, of Plymouth Township, and Sydney Swales, of Nanticoke, will dance the role of the dark Queen Clava.