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150 Star Starred
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
949-854-4607
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“Earns respect for its sense of discipline but much deeper admiration for allowing the spirit of childhood to speak.” —L.A. Times

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One Special Event – Just Too Big for One Night!

Each program is ticketed separately. To attend both shows, you will need to purchase tickets for both nights.

After 22 remarkable years Saint Joseph Ballet’s founder Beth Burns directs her final concert.

Having built a nationally recognized arts-for-youth organization in Orange County, Beth Burns leaves an indelible gift to the community. Celebrating Beth’s creative energy, abundant spirit and passion for youth, More Life is uncontainable in a single evening. Overflowing into two delectable parts, More Life is a rich retrospective of Beth Burns’ signature works performed by 180 young dancers and Saint Joseph Ballet alumni.

A Retrospective Celebration in Two Parts

Don’t miss these unforgettable performances. Both parts express unique visions, energetic dance, glowing youth and poignant, joyous theatrical moments.

Part ONE: Friday, June 3 @ 8 pm

Dancing into One (1993) gets a new look. With new choreography by Beth Burns and new scenic and costume designs, this is a 21st century take on the mythic dimension of life. From a metaphoric temple into a wide open world, 21 dancers perform with freedom and unity. A newly commissioned score by Aaron Novik is performed live by his Bay Area Quintet.

A Seed (1990) is performed by 12 Saint Joseph Ballet alumni who come from New York, New Orleans, Dallas, and Seattle as well as nearby. A Seed is an irrepressible ritual with warmth, energy and power.

Mi Corazon Canta (1990) is a fiesta — an invigorating celebration — with 100 of Saint Joseph Ballet’s youngest students dancing with live Mariachis. This traditional favorite gets a new twist from incoming Artistic Director Melanie Rios Glaser.

Part TWO: Thursday, June 2 @ 8 pm

dreamChild (1996) In a peculiar enchantment, young sleepers awake to a sprite-filled, sinuous world where one can dream, wide awake. Thirty-one dancers perform to Lukas Foss’ captivating Renaissance Concerto for Flute. Restaged by Melanie Rios Glaser.

Unearthing (1998) seeks to find where young people feel they can fit – within their family and in mainstream culture. Based on student journal writings, 27 dancers commemorate their heritage through movement, with tender dignity. Restaged by Dale Merrill.

Mi Corazon Canta (1990) is a fiesta — an invigorating celebration — with 100 of the youngest students dancing with live Mariachis. This traditional favorite gets a new twist from incoming Artistic Director Melanie Rios Glaser.