Grand Rapids Ballet Performing ‘Extremely Close’

Ballet dancers will be gliding across the stage downtown this weekend.
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Alexandra Meister-Upleger Grand Rapids Ballet Sweet By and By rehearsal

Ballet dancers will be gliding across the stage downtown this weekend.

The Grand Rapids Ballet is presenting “Extremely Close.”

The performance will feature three pieces: “Ibsen’s House,” “The Sweet By and By” and “Extremely Close” on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre.

“Ibsen’s House” by Val Caniparoli will be performed to live quintet music by Antonin Dvorak.

“The Sweet By and By” by James Sofranko will feature music from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

“Extremely Close” by choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will feature moving panels that reveal and hide dancers, along with a dark stage covered in white feathers. The piece will also include music by Philip Glass, a Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee.

Tickets are online.

Photo: Alexandra Meister-Upleger in a rehearsal of “The Sweet By and By.” Photo Kate Rasmussen and Scott Rasmussen. Courtesy Grand Rapids Ballet.

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