Robert Hill hopes Orlando audiences will take a leap of faith.
“It’s easier to sell something people have heard of, like ‘Swan Lake,'” says the artistic director of Orlando Ballet. “But everyone thinks it’s important to do new programs to keep the art form alive. You want to keep looking for new ways to spin the pirouette, so to speak.”
The ballet will this weekend present a double bill of “The Firebird,” dancing to a recording of the famed music by Igor Stravinsky; and “To Familiar Spaces in Dream,” a contemporary work choreographed by Jessica Lang, a faculty member of American Ballet Theatre in New York.