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ATERBALLETTO: CONTEMPORARY DANCE FROM ITALY, NOV. 5

October 4, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S
CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
ITALY’S PREMIER CONTEMPORARY BALLET TROUPE ATERBALLETTO
NOVEMBER 5

“…groundbreaking…” – The Los Angeles Times

“…a high-spirited ensemble…” – DanceMagazine


Fairfax, Virginia, September 23, 2005— Since Aterballetto’s founding in 1979 as Italy’s first permanent ballet-producing body (apart from opera house companies), the ensemble has built an impressive repertoire including works created by Alvin Ailey, Lucinda Childs, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, and many more. Under artistic director Mauro Bigonzetti, Aterballetto makes its Center for the Arts Concert Hall debut Saturday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

In 1991, Aterballetto became the Company of the Centro Regionale della Danza, the officially recognized association of the City of Reggio Emilia, the Emilia Romagna region, and ATER (Association of the Theaters of the Emilio Romagna Region). Centro Regionale della Danza develops and produces with Aterballetto, and acts as a resource for the world of Italian dance – covering every aspect from production, promotion, and training to study, research and preservation. This hub for producing and performing initiatives makes the Emilio Romagna region a major center for dance and culture, recognized nationally and internationally.

Mauro Bigonzetti, appointed artistic director of Aterballetto in 1997, has been with the company since the 1982-1983 season, dancing in works by Alvin Ailey, Jennifer Muller, and Amedeo Amodio, among others. Initially, Bigonzetti set out to mold the company into one which could, “follow my stylistic and choreographic tastes,” by developing new repertory designed to make Aterballetto easily recognizable. It is the troupe’s unique “Italian style” (the company defines it as the skill to move deftly from classical music to pop, and from Balanchine to Ailey) that sets it apart in today’s contemporary dance world. The company also holds performance rights to works by Maurice Bejart, Kenneth McMillan, George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, David Parsons, and others. As Dance Magazine asserts of Bigonzetti’s successes since assuming the artistic director role, “No other choreographer – classical or modern – has attracted such attention and acclaim.”

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Tickets for ATERBALLETTO are $44, $36, and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 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 Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the 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.