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Lumière Ballet makes NYC debut with 'El Cid'

Gabriela Gonzalez as Jimena and Venti Petrov in

Gabriela Gonzalez as Jimena and Venti Petrov in the title role of "El Cid" and Gabriela Gonzalez as his girlfriend. They appear in the New York City debut of Bay Shore's Lumiere Ballet, April 23, 2011, at Baruch College, Manhattan. Photo by Ben Gancsos Credit: Ben Gancsos Photo/

The Lumière Ballet makes its New York City debut next month in the world premiere of “El Cid.”

The Bay Shore-based company, a ballet academy in the Russian classical tradition, will dance to the choreography of its co-founder and co-director Venti Petrov, and the music of composer Jules Massenet. The performance will be staged at 8 p.m. April 23 in the 1,100-seat Mason Hall on the campus of Baruch College in Manhattan.

Inspired by Massenet’s 1885 opera “Le Cid,” Petrov first choreographed a one-act version of the ballet, which premiered last April at the Dokoudovsky New York Conservatory of Dance. Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, aka El Cid, was a Spanish national hero. Serving as commander of royal troops in 1065, he liberated Spain from Moorish rule through a string of daring military maneuvers. In the opera, El Cid’s romantic and familial relationships are complicated by a king who harbors ambitions for his daughter.

Baruch College’s Mason Hall is at 17 Lexington Ave., between 22nd and 23rd streets. For tickets, $30 to $45, go to or call 212-352-3101.


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