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 theatermania.com or call 212-352-3101.