The Los Angeles Dance Company presented “On Pointe at 50 and Beyond!” recently at the Scherr Forum Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA. The evening consisted of a series of ballets in two acts and featured the dancing and choreography of its founder, executive & artistic director, Marie-France Lévesque. The former American Ballet Theatre ballerina delivered emotion through intricate and beautiful movements and her original choreography to a near capacity audience.
Complete with appropriate costumes and dancing to the talents and skilled music of Musical Director/Pianist/Composer, Mr. Freddie Ravel, (among others), Ms. Lévesque’s precision, grace, and versatility defied her 50 years as she brought her full artistic visions to fruition. Her brilliant interpretations with Evan Swenson of A Secret Place with music by Freddie Ravel, and the “White Swan” pas-de-deux from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake both ignited thunderous ovations. In addition to the classical presentations, Ms. Lévesque danced several parts from her original contemporary repertoire as a choreographer including Pure Love, The Glory of Life, and Tango á Trois. While she is a decidedly modern etoile, watching the strikingly beautiful Marie-France Lévesque in motion was also like watching a brilliant prima ballerina in her prime of life, full of energy, excitement and enchantment.
Guest artists and multiple GRAMMY Award-winner Al Jarreau and GRAMMY nominated pianist/composer Freddie Ravel performed My Kite, the Dancer (Ode to Ballet) which was written especially for Marie-France Lévesque. Ms. Emma Dwing & Ms. Lévesque both danced the ballet during Act Two and thoughtfully executed the concepts. This was a fantastic example of bringing popular repertoire into the jazz vocals-flavored realm.
Tonight’s unique collaboration of The Los Angeles Dance Company’s corps de ballet, opera singers, choreographers, ballet masters and such great musicians as Freddie Ravel and Al Jarreau was exquisite, exceptional and innovative. For more information about the Los Angeles Dance Company and Marie-France Levesque, please visit their website at www.TheLADC.com.