Joffrey Ballet Dances into Baltimore

March 4, 2014
Baltimore Gay Life
Frankie Kujawa

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The acclaimed Joffrey Ballet will dance its way into Baltimore March 4-5 at The Modell Lyric Opera House. The Chicago-based ballet company was one of the first dance companies to perform at the White House at the request of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Gay Life recently sat down with dancer and performer Lucas Segovia to discuss the Ballet’s upcoming appearance in Baltimore.

 

Segovia, a native of Argentina, ensures the two-night performance will be both riveting and entrancing.

“We’re bringing a very eclectic program to Baltimore,” he says. “It’s very diverse. I am very surprised actually at what we’ll be performing. If I was just a dance lover, I would be very excited about both nights.”

The Joffrey Ballet’s performances include a two-night, non-repeat set list. The performance on Tuesday, March 4 is entitledAmerican Legends, and includes the performances of "Interplay," "Sons of Chamber Music Symphony" and "Nine Sinatra Songs."

“The first piece, 'Interplay,' is a fun and young piece. It’s by Jerome Robbins, who is such an icon in this country and throughout the entire world,” Segovia explains.

"Interplay" will be followed up by "Sons of Chamber Symphony" that will see Segovia delving into the complexity of the dance.

“It’s a very contemporary ballet,” Segovia says. “This is because of the type of movements. It’s very hard and difficult to dance from a technical and musical standpoint.”

The night ends with "Nine Sinatra Songs," which is a Twyla Tharp-choreographed homage to the Chairman of the Board.

“['Nine Sinatra Songs'] is so much fun,” Segovia muses. “It’s not a ballet piece, but more of a ballroom-style performance. It’s very high-spirited and has lots of energy.”

The following night’s performance on March 5th, entitled Body and Soul, will include the performances of "Crossing Ashland," "Bells" and "Episode 31."

Segovia started dancing in his native Argentina at the age of 16. It was through his talent and success that Segovia was able to join The Washington Ballet in early 2008.

“I came to the states when I was 22,” Segovia recalls. “I lived in Washington, D.C. for about a year and New York for about two before moving to Chicago and joining The Joffrey in 2010.”
“When I lived in Washington DC, I used to take flights out of Baltimore, but I never had the chance to get into the city,” Segovia laughs. “As strange as it sounds, I was so new, and to me even that airport was so far away because I wasn’t used to the distances.”

Segovia’s passion for dancing allows him to enjoy the principle of having a career that doesn’t feel like work.

“I believe that if you have passion in what you do, it doesn’t feel like a job,” he says. “I don’t go to work, but I go to do what I want to do. When I decided to become a dancer, this is the life I wanted to have.”

Segovia does admit the career does have challenges.

“There are sacrifices. It is hard being away from my family and friends, but I get the reward of doing exactly what I want to do,” says Segovia. “Especially with this company, it fulfills my expectations. I feel like I’m living my life and living my dream.”