Miami City Ballet.

Contemporary Dance Series. Program One: Sep 8th and 9th, 2006 Program Two: Feb 23rd and 24th, 200Miami City Ballet presents the Contemporary Dance Series this year highlighting the works of choreographer Twyla Tharp. The series, which had its debut last season, is an opportunity for audiences to see some of the finest cutting-edge choreography. Performances will be held at the Miami City Ballet Studios in Miami Beach and will be showcased in two different programs. Program One will feature the company premiere of Twyla Tharp’s “The Golden Section” from her full work The Catherine Wheel choreographed in 1983. The culminating segment of this dance is set to music by David Byrne. The program will also feature a Dance Talk by Edward Villella about the neo-classical style, Agon. Choreographer George Balanchine changed the world of ballet forever when he created Agon in 1957 and the work became an inspiration to many contemporary choreographers. Program Two will show the company premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Yemaya, set to music by Grammy-award-winning Buena Vista Social Club and featuring nine dancers. Also on the program is Edward Villella’s Gismonti Brasil, choreographed in 2003 and danced to the music of Brazilian avant-garde jazz composer Egberto Gismonti. The ballet features 14 dancers and is a refection of Gismonti’s music with no specific narrative. The work, however, makes reference to Brazilian dance elements such as Samba, Bossa Nova, and the martial arts-dance form Capoeira. The Company will also perform Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet Liturgy, a pas de deux set to music by Arvo Pärt and a work choreographed by Miami City Ballet dancer Daniel Baker. For more information, please call: 1.877.929.7010

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