TAHITIAN DANCER PERFORMS WITH SAN DIEGO OPERA

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UCLA graduate was principal dancer in Don Quixote

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, April 14, 2009)—Lisa Solar, a young eclectic dancer, choreographer and recent UCLA graduate in dance launched her career by performing last February in San Diego Opera's Don Quixote as the principal dancer, Dulcinea.

Solar has a Tahitian mother and an American father. She left Tahiti at the age of 19. After getting her highschool certificate, she decided to move to the United States and chose to live in Los Angeles, California.

She wanted to be a professional dancer and her dream came true last February when she had the opportunity to perform in San Diego Opera's Don Quixote as the principal dancer, Dulcinea.

In this opera, Solar both danced Ballet and Flamenco choreographed by Nicola Bowie.

"This was a life-altering milestone in my life: working with tremendously talented people, dancing to Jules Massenet's composition, and dancing my heart out for all my friends and family", she said.

Don Quixote was last performed by the San Diego Opera in 1969. This innovative production was designed and owned by the San Diego Opera. Performances were on February 14, 17, 20, and 22 at the Civic Center in downtown San Diego.

Solar is already on other projects. On the first friday of March, she auditioned for Cirque du Soleil.

"I was quite overwhelmed when I discovered they auditioned me for the role of Goddess of the Wind in Zumanity, Las Vegas. This is the type of role which suits my stylistic approach to dance and performance", Solar said.

"I absolutely envision myself in this unique character. I am past the preliminaries and I have been chosen as a 'potential replacement.' What does this mean? I am excited to discover and at least my foot is in the door!", she added.

Solar now returned to Los Angeles. She said she sometimes misses Tahiti and she will be glad to perform in French Polynesia in the future.

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