Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is reviving its original production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale, featuring more than 80 student dancers. Performances are March 15 and 16 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago.
Andersen’s fairy tale tells the story of an emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. When the emperor is near death, the nightingale's song restores his health.
HPSD Founder and Artistic Director August Tye, who is also ballet mistress and choreographer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and HPSD Associate Artistic Directors Aimee Tye, Sarah Ford and Allyson Ratliff choreographed the one-hour story ballet collaboratively. Musical underscoring includes Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a variation of Minkus’s ballet composition and Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain.
The Nightingale takes place Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. in Chicago. Tickets are $20; $10 for children ages five to 18, seniors and students with ID; and free for children younger than five. Tickets and information are available at 773-493-8498 or hydeparkdance.org.