Although the pandemic forced the State Street Ballet to delay the international premiere of “Chaplin” at Chaplin’s World Museum in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland, Charlie Chaplin’s home the last 25 years of his life, audiences worldwide will be able to experience “Chaplin” online for the first time at 5 p.m. (PST) Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Lead dancers Ahna Lipchik and James Folsom, along with all three of the choreographers who brought this multimedia ballet to life, will be joining the event live, answering questions and providing commentary.
“Chaplin” is the latest original production to build upon the ensemble’s growing international reputation and acclaim. Choreographed by Kevin Jenkins, William Soleau and Edgar Zendejas, the three joined forces to portray the iconic genius’ complex personality with their distinct visions.
The three styles meld to create this unique biographical journey following a young girl, mesmerized by Chaplin’s on-screen persona. She is pulled into a world where she meets, interacts with, and ultimately, embodies The Tramp.
Chaplin’s life unfolds through her eyes, capturing his comedy, pathos, and surrealistic world of the filmmaker and performer’s mind. Chaplin combines dance, music and stunning visual elements.
The multimedia program is designed to take the audience along for a whimsical yet moving exploration of Chaplin’s quest to portray humanity’s better self in a tumultuous world; timely to this day. The full-length ballet is set to an eclectic mix of classical, ragtime, New Age, and original compositions
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