On March 21, 1998, I attended a ballet of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the Etherredge Center.
The ballet began at 7:30p.m. and lasted almost two hours, but the time went by so quickly because the dancers were so captivating in their performance.Two of the performers were students at the University of South Carolina in Aiken, but most of the other girls were still in high school.
Thefirst dance of the evening was performed to a song composed by Prokofiev.The piece lasted four movements as the dancers changed back and forth between each movement.During thefirst movement of the song, all of the dancers came on the stage at one time to perform.The music was fast and in the major key.
The woodwinds were playing and produced a light, airy sound.In the next movement only two dancers remained on the stage. The music became very soft and smooth flowing.The third movement was medium loud as the strings played, and then the piece became slow using staccato notes on the woodwinds.The final movement was fast as the violins were heard playing a loud playful sound with fast repetition.
All of the dancers returned onto the stage for the ending as the piece came to a close. The second dance was done to a piece composed by Morsheba.The entire song was performed using only drums.There were soft echoes of voices heard in the distance as the dancers formed a circle.They were dressed in black as the danced on a slightly lit stage.They seemed to be performing a ceremonial or ritual dance like the Indians used to appease their gods.
The piece ended with the fast, loud beating of the drums as the dancers fell to the floor. After thefirst two songs were finished, the story of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" began.The narrator spokefirst and told about the birth of Snow White and what her wicked stepmother was planning to do to her.The evil Queen was thefirst one on stage.