Oregon Ballet Theatre's Artur Sultanov will dance Iago. They will make a physically striking trio.
I'm glad in particular for Dec: this will give her a meaty, serious dramatic role.
[Alaska Press]: Why a ballet version of Othello? Why not, say, Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet?
[Codie Costello, Executive Director]: I think it's a timely story with everything happening in our world today, and people's perceptions of each other, and sense of entitlement, and those kinds of issues. Gilmer's been exploring the themes of it for such a long time. I think it's the right story at the right time for us.
AP: How do the themes of "Othello" connect to Anchorage as a multicultural community?
CC: Well I think it fits really well. I think that trying to achieve perspective, trying to humanize the characters, that there is really less about them that's different and more that's similar. We face a lot of those issues in our own community.Also, the performing arts give people an opportunity to sit together in a space and have an experience together that allows increased cultural connections. I mean, who knows who you're going to be sitting next to in the audience, right?