An original interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 20, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.
Eissey Campus Theatre
At Palm Beach State College
11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens
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Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – Ballet Palm Beach announces the premiere of Gatsby, an original ballet interpreting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. Gatsby highlights the lavishness of the roaring 20’s and the love of Jay Gatsby for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Performances are at the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 20 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets begin at $17 and can be purchased online at balletpalmbeach.org or by calling the Eissey Campus Theatre box office at 561.207.5900.
“I was inspired to create a ballet after The Great Gatsby because of the depth and beauty of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing. He had the ability to choose just the right words creating sentences with incredible depth and meaning,” said artistic director Colleen Smith. “Quotes such as, ‘Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope.’ are the inspiration behind Gatsby, the ballet. We will tell the story through quote imagery, music from the roaring 20’s and the power of dance.”
Set in the lavish 1920’s in West Egg on Long Island, the story is told through the eyes of Nick Carraway who moves into the cottage next door to Jay Gatsby’s mansion. Nick helps reunite Jay Gatsby to his first true love Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby seems to have it all. He has achieved the American dream of rising above where he came from, living a life of extravagance. The only thing missing is the beautiful Daisy who is now married to another man. In the end Gatsby gets everything he desired but is still left with emptiness and ultimately brought to his demise in this tragic tale.