This centenarian is still kicking.
And plié-ing, arabesque-ing and jeté-ing.
"The Firebird," a famed 1910 ballet whose music was composed by Igor Stravinsky, will make an appearance this weekend at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, starring the dancers of the Festival Ballet Theatre and one very special alumna. Newly choreographed by Nikolai Kabaniaev, the production tells the tale of Prince Ivan and the eponymous Firebird, who aids the prince in battle against an evil foe in exchange for eventual freedom.
"For this performance, we have invited one of our former dancers, Jade Payette," company Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla said. "She's a dancer with the Washington Ballet. She was one of the silver medalists at the Youth America Grand Prix, and also had a scholarship from American Ballet Theater."
"The Firebird" originally was choreographed by Michel Fokine.
"It is our version," Rizkalla said. "It has a lot of dancing in it, and is very artistic, very enjoyable. There is no dull moment in it. It's more exciting than any of the versions I have seen before."