© Rosalie O'Connor courtesy of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

© Rosalie O’Connor courtesy of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

May 3 & 4 at Father Ryan Auditorium

The Dance Theatre of Tennessee (DTT) rounds out its fourth season with the Middle Tennessee premiere of Alan Hineline’s Hansel & Gretel. Set to the invigorating folk music of Edvard Grieg, Hineline’s ballet follows the classic fairy tale adventures of Hansel and Gretel.

The ballet, however, won’t be exactly like the traditional story. While the original tale had about five characters, Hineline choreographed a ballet with plenty of additional roles. “I took creative license with it,” Hineline said. “When Hansel and Gretel go into the woods, they fall asleep at night. I created a scene where there is a lot of dancing in it. There are creatures in there—birds and butterflies and fairies. It’s a scene from the opera, which I adapted into the ballet.”

With completely new sets by designer Lewis Folden, lighting by Josh Monroe, and costumes by Betty Smith, Hansel & Gretel offers delightful family entertainment filled with a multitude of choreographic twists and turns.

Opening the evening’s program is Paquita Grand Pas Classique, restaged by Artistic Director Christopher Mohnani. With Spanish flair and bravura, this technically demanding piece is a major cornerstone of the traditional ballet repertory.

Performances are slated for 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at Father Ryan High School Auditorium. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children and may be purchased online or at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ticketsnashville.com or www.dancetheatretn.org.

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