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Fargo Moorhead Ballet to perform Saturday in Morris

The UM-Morris Performing Arts Series presents the Fargo Moorhead Ballet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Edson Auditorium.

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MORRIS — The UM-Morris Performing Arts Series presents the Fargo Moorhead Ballet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Edson Auditorium.

All events for the 2022-23 Performing Arts Series are free and open to the public.

The Fargo Moorhead Ballet is a regional professional dance performance company recognized and respected nationally for its original choreography, employment of quality artists and the continuing creative development of the company’s educational and outreach programming.

FM Ballet presents a multidisciplinary repertoire from ballet, jazz, moderns and tap, under the artistic direction of Matt Gaspe.

In its 19th season, the Morris performance will include three dances: "Spirit Rising," "Sargoso Sea," and "Toy Shop Fantasy."

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“Spirit Rising” is the storytelling ballet of Nimuué, or the “Lady of the Lake.” Her remains were discovered in 1931 during a road reconstruction project near Pelican Rapids and are rumored to be among the oldest ever discovered in North America.

Nimuué was found buried standing with her arm reaching up towards the sky. She is believed to have drowned and then been frozen in time by the Pelican Glacier.

The story is a ballet that will depict Nimuué’s journey reaching the Midwest and gathering the artifacts found alongside her body. You will witness Nimuué as she braves the ice, snow and wilderness. She is surrounded by spirit animals, gathers a wolf’s tooth and is saved by her guardian, the pelican.

“Sargoso Sea” is a short dance about the ebb and flow of the sea.

The Sargasso Sea is a region of the Atlantic Ocean bounded by four currents and, unlike all other regions called seas, it has no land boundaries. It is distinguished from other parts of the Atlantic Ocean by its characteristic brown Sargassum seaweed and often calm blue water.

“Toy Shop Fantasy” is a ballet for all ages about a magic toy shop that comes to life. Your heart will fall in love with these ‘toys’ from your childhood once again.

In conjunction with the performance, the Fargo Moorhead Ballet troupe is offering a ballet basics class, free and open to dancers of all abilities, prior to the show. The class will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts building, room 125.

The University of Minnesota-Morris Chancellor's office will also host a public reception prior to the performance, beginning at 5 p.m. in Oyate Hall in the Student Center. Everyone is welcome.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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