As you go about your everyday, banal existence, selling your soul at the office for an overpriced concrete box you call a home, do you ever get the creepy feeling you arent the one pulling the strings in your life? That maybe youre just a dancing marionette manipulated by some greater power you cant quite put your finger on the government, corporations, an ominous master of the matrix? Maybe thats the subconscious allure of Petrouchka, a ballet about puppets inflicted with human emotions. Their overlord, a sinister puppeteer called the charlatan, amuses himself by watching a sad clown, a ballerina, and a Moor battle for each others affections just like those miserable human beings. Witness art mimic life as Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, under the artistic direction of Vladimir Issaev, opens its season with a modernized version of the Stravinsky-scored Russian ballet. The program also includes Issaevs Four Seasons, with music of Verdi and a piece by choreographer Yanis Pikieris. Performances are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center.
Oct. 2-3, 2010