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beyondthebarre

Hey friends, I'm looking for info on a ballet called "Origami." I was told about it a long time ago, briefly, but know very little about it, and every time I search it, I just end up with origami tutorials... 

I know the ballet is about a girl in school who doesn't pay attention during their origami lesson, so the teacher makes her stay in from Recess and practice. while practicing, the animals come to life while she learns to fold them. 

I also know it uses Camile Saint Saens's Carnival of the Animals. 

If anyone has any info, I'd love to hear it! Thanks!~

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lakemom

Found with a google search:

The music for Origami is by Camille Saint-Saëns, and is titled “Carnival of the Animals”. The original recording by Saint-Saëns is titled “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”. The choreographer, Kevin Milam, developed Origami to entertain young audiences using both classical and modern ballet, while at the same time using the music to represent the various animals. The difference between classical and modern ballet will be discussed during “The Visible Difference”. 

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Blanche

"The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" is by Benjamin Britten and is much more recent than "Carnival of the Animals," but both are on a compilation CD together, which may have caused confusion? 

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beyondthebarre

Thanks guys! So far it looks like the only thing I can find is a brochure from the Alexandra Ballet (ironically, that's the company my ballet teacher used to dance for, so that makes sense) but no videos or other info. I'll have to start looking through library books. Hoping to write an article eventually.

 

The reason I'm looking is because it's the perfect ballet for our in-house production this spring, so I wanted to get some ideas. but I may just have to create the production myself!  *challenge accepted* 

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