The Little Mermaid
Montana Ballet Company is delighted to announce the world premiere of The Little Mermaid, a brand-new, original work inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen tale. Artistic Director Elizabeth DeFanti reinterprets the story, infusing messages of self-acceptance, self-truth, and empowerment. “Our Mermaid Marina initially believes her truth and contentment are found outside of herself, on land with a Prince. Through an important journey, she realizes everything she needs for fulfillment is already within her.”
The ballet tale, through original choreography and exquisite visuals, traces Marina’s “steps” under the sea, giving up her precious gift of song and beautiful mertail, her journey on land where her love for the Prince is unrequited, and ultimately coming full circle, embracing who she is at heart.
DeFanti notes that she is humbled by the exceptional and talented artists who have gathered to support her artistic vision for Mermaid. Upon hearing DeFanti’s Mermaid tale, MBC Music Director, Stefan Stern wished to compose an original score and lead an outstanding group of local musicians and vocalists.
Also joining the team is Michael Hillenius, head of the Willlson Auditorium, who is designing and executing new sets and creating lighting to portray magical worlds both under the sea and above. Newly crafted costumes from master costume designer Winthrop Corey, and MBC Costume Mistresses Melinda Delgado and Annette Piccirillo, will beautifully embellish the stage. Artist Saskia Ewen Fox of Whole Art Inc. created Mermaid’s original visual art.
A superb cast of MBC dancers will bring The Little Mermaid to life. With a captivating story, original choreography and musical score, live orchestra, and exceptional new sets and costumes, The Little Mermaid will enchant all audiences.