The Orphan Train is one of Covenant Ballet Theatre founder and artistic director Marla Hirokawa’s eleven original narrative ballets. It was the first hour long ballet presented at the New York International Fringe Festival.
“An inspirational and educational tribute that conveys a moving and heartbreaking story, wonderfully portrayed by this fine company who with a look or a gesture augment the excellent choreography.” – NY International Fringe Festival Review
In 1853, Rev. Charles Loring Brace founded the New York Children’s Aid Society and organized the first mass foster care, placing-out program in America later known as the Orphan Trains. From 1854 to 1929, over 150,000 abandoned and neglected children boarded trains bound for the new West in search of a HOME. Base on this lesser known New York history, the ballet follows Rev. Brace as he crafts a future for children Bessie, Mamie and sisters Susie and Dorothy.
The evening also present other dances including one from the Dancing Side by Side Project (directed by Matthew Westerby) featuring Covenant Ballet’s Junior company in collaboration with students from Edward R. Murrow High School.
More information at http://www.covenantballet.org.