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CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES BACK MIAMI CITY BALLET

April 8, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES BACK THE
MIAMI CITY BALLET
Edward Villella, artistic director
THE NEIGHBORHOOD BALLROOM
SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2004, 8:00 P.M.
Selections from BALANCHINE –
SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2004, 2:00 P.M.


Fairfax, Virginia, March 26, 2004—"It's an homage to ballroom," explains Miami City Ballet artistic director Edward Villella, describing his 2003 work, The Neighborhood Ballroom, the first time he’s choreographed for his dancers since 1991. He says the dance also pays tribute "to the dancers that give classicists folk motifs." Audiences in Fairfax and the metro DC area have the opportunity, at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, to see The Neighborhood Ballroom performed on Saturday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m. and a program of Balanchine classics (the Miami City Ballet is well-known for its acclaimed Balanchine-heavy repertoire) on Sunday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. Pre-performance discussions begin 45-minutes prior to both performances on the hall’s Grand Tier.

A sultry widow, a vixen flapper, a glamorous Hollywood star, and a hot Latin nightclub dancer all vie for the attention of a poet in a ‘neighborhood ballroom.’ Broadway meets ballet in this Center for the Arts debut performance with the company cruising through American life via dance from the Belle Èpoque when waltz was the craze, to the Jazz Age and its impossibly fast quick-step, to the Art Deco period of World War II when couples took to the dance floor to embrace and fox trot the night away. The final act showcases the Mambo during the unsure days of the Cold War. The setting for the mambo closes the narrative in The Neighborhood Ballroom, where, according to the choreographer, "the aspiring poet witnesses the changing rhythms of life."

"It’s 46 dancers have so thoroughly assimilated the neoclassical style of George Balanchine," states The Washington Post that, "the still-young Miami troupe has been noted for its verve…its sex appeal…and its fealty to the Balanchine legacy." On Sunday, April 25 performance, the company
dances Stravinsky Violin Concerto, a dance that begins and ends with composed group sections sandwiching two duets. In Ballo della Regina – filled with speed and small surprises: flashing arabesques, slicing pointe work – Miami City Ballet projects an unabashed ode to dancing. Balanchine made it as a showcase for Merrill Ashley in 1978. The afternoon concludes with the Balanchine classic Rubies from Jewels.

Miami City Ballet is one of the largest ballet companies in the United States. It has won international acclaim around the world with a repertoire of 67 ballets, including 11 world premieres. The company regularly dances all of Balanchine’s masterworks, most notably Prodigal Son, Apollo and the full-length Jewels.

Founding artistic director Edward Villella was the first American-born male star of the New York City Ballet (1957-1975); his career established the male’s role in classical dance in the United States. In 1997, Villella received not only the National Medal of Arts (the highest cultural honor that can be bestowed upon an artist by the United States), he also became a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honors award.

PROGRAM
THE MIAMI CITY BALLET


Saturday, April 24, 8PM & Sunday, April 25, 2PM
Saturday, April 24, 2004 at 8p.m.
The Neighborhood Ballroom (Renno, Ellington, etc./Villella)

Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 2p.m.
Ballo della Regina (Verdi/Balanchine)
Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Stravinsky/Balanchine)
Rubies (Stravinsky/Balanchine)


Tickets for MIAMI CITY BALLET, Saturday, April 24 & Sunday April 25 at are $50, $42 & $25.
Family Friendly! All children, 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa



GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.