DREAM ORCHESTRA NEWSROOM
DREAM ORCHESTRA LOS ANGELES Artistic Director, Daniel Suk
Dream Orchestra, Artistic Director Daniel Suk present Ballerina
Petra Conti and Friends In ‘I’m Gonna Live Forever’ Concert
May 18, 7 p.m., at Zipper Hall in Downtown Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES – World-renowned prima ballerina Petra Conti of Los Angeles Ballet will perform “I’m Gonna Live Forever” with friends in concert with the Dream Orchestra Ensemble conducted by Artistic Director Daniel Suk.
The concert’s title couldn’t be more personal for Conti, who survived life-threatening kidney cancer in 2016 and continues to dance and inspire others.
“Every time I am on stage now I feel blessed and grateful to be able to keep dancing and sharing my art with others,” Conti told VoyageLA.com. “Being a cancer survivor also means inspiring others to keep fighting for their dreams, to love their bodies, to spread hope and gratitude for what we have today.”
The dance concert will be at 7 p.m., May 18 at Zipper Concert Hall of the Colburn School of Music, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tickets, $40-$100, are available at www.dreamorchestra.org and Eventbrite.com
Conti will be joined by her husband, Los Angeles Ballet Principal Dancer Eris Nesha and dance friends Erik Thordal-Christensen of Oklahoma City Ballet, Kim Jeonkong of Los Angeles Ballet.
The performance program includes Saint Saens’ “The Swan” and “Samson and Delilah,” Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” and two original works, one by guitarist Adam del Monte and one by bass-baritone LaMarcus Miller.
The concert’s ballet and contemporary dance program includes original choreography for “Arirang Fantasy,” based on Korean folk song, with dancers performing in contemporary Korean costume.
She graduated with honors from the National Academy of Dance in Rome in 2006. After being promoted to Prima ballerina at La Scala in Milan at the age of 23, Conti joined the Boston Ballet in 2013. She is now a Principal Dancer with the Los Angeles Ballet and travels around the world as a freelance Principal Dancer.
Among her international awards are Premio Positano 2018, Premio Capri 2017, Antonio Fini’s “Extraordinary Dancer” award 2016, Ambassador of the Italian Dance in the World in 2014 Premio Progetto Arkés 2014, Premio Danza Arenzano 2013, Premio Ciociaria nel mondo 2013, Premio Roma in Danza 2012, Premio Danza & Danza 2011 as Best Performer of the Year, Premio Positano 2007, Premio La Ginestra d'Oro 2007, Premio delle Arti 2004.
She has quickly become a very influential artist on social media, inspiring thousands of followers and creating a refreshing “ballet momentum.” Vogue.com featured Petra among the Best Beauty Instagrams for the week of December 16, 2018.
Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Daniel Suk, the non-profit professional Dream Orchestra’s mission is to promote and present exciting, passionate classical music, enrich the lives of community members and most importantly, inspire the next generation of young people to love classical music and become artists.