Romance

by Nacho Duato, Nicolo Fonte, and George Balanchine , music by Enrique Granados, George Balanchine
April 6, 2017 to April 9, 2017 Merriam Theater

REMANSOS // NACHO DUATO // MUSIC BY ENRIQUE GRANADOS

Praised for its powerful expressivity, fluid forms, and dynamic utilization of space, Remansos is a playful modern ballet featuring three men and three women. The simplicity of the costumes, lighting, and sets - occasionally featuring the appearance of a single red rose- places the focus squarely on the beauty and dynamism of the dancers' forms. 

 

A NICOLO FONTE WORLD PREMIERE // BY NICOLO FONTE 

Following the wildly popular premiere of Fonte's Grace Action at Pennsylvania Ballet in June 2015, this all-new work showcases his highly developed fusion of ideas, dance, and design. 

 

WESTERN SYMPHONY // BY GEORGE BALANCHINE // MUSIC BY HERSHY KAY

Travel back to the wild, wild West with this high-spirited and playful ballet. A captivating collection of stories links the steps, formations, and gestures with Kay's lively and familiar mix of classic orchestrations. 

 

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Nacho Duato, Nicolo Fonte, and George Balanchine

NACHO DUATO
Juan Ignacio Duato Barcia was born in Valencia in 1957. He trained at the Rambert School in London and continued his studies at Maurice Béjart's Mudra School in Brussels and at Alvin Ailey's American Dance Centre in New York. His professional career began in 1980 at the prestigious Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, but it was at the Nederlands Dans Theater (1981), directed by Jirí Kylián, where he first came to prominence. He composed his first choreography there, 'Jardí tancat' (1983), with music by María del Mar Bonet. His ballets and choreography are part of the repertoires of the most prestigious international companies. He was artistic director of the Spanish National Lyrical Theatre Ballet in Madrid, today the National Dance Company (1990-2010). In 1999 he founded the National Dance Company 2, with the aim of training and preparing dancers for their professional life. He directs the Mikhaylovsky Theatre Ballet in Saint Petersburg.
 
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NICOLO FONTE
Nicolo Fonte is known for his daring and original approach to dance. His work has been noted by critics for a unique movement language as well as a highly developed fusion of ideas, dance and design.
Born in Brooklyn New York, Nicolo studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York as well as at the San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet Schools while completing a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts at SUNY Purchase. Upon graduation he danced with Peridance in NYC and later joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, dancing in the works of Balanchine, Tudor, Kudelka and Nacho Duato. Nicolo subsequently joined Duato's Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid and forged a strong identity in the Spanish company for seven years, for both his dancing and his choreography. En los Segundos Ocultos (In Hidden Seconds) established his presence on the European dance scene.
In 2000, Nicolo retired from performing to devote himself to his choreographic career. Since that time he has created or staged his ballets for major companies around the world, including The Dutch National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Houston Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The Göteborg Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, among others.
Nicolo received a Choo San Goh award for his 2002 collaboration with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Almost Tango. He has recently been named Resident Choreographer for Ballet West, in Salt Lake City, starting with the 2012-2013 season.
 
- Source: Queensland Ballet, http://www.queenslandballet.com.au/about/our-team/creatives/nicolo-fonte
 
GEORGE BALANCHINE
Born on January 22, 1904, in St. Petersburg, Russia, George Balanchine studied ballet and music in Russia before making his way to America. He gained notoriety as a young choreographer and co-founded the American Ballet. Balanchine was the co-founder, artistic director and chief choreographer of the New York City Ballet, and nearly every ballet company in the world has performed his work. He died in New York City in 1983. George Balanchine began his training at the Mariinsky Theatre’s ballet school and after graduating he attended the Petrograd State Conservatory of Music. In 1922, George Balanchine married a 15-year-old ballet student named Tamara Gevergeyeva. This was the first of four separate marriages to dancers, and for each of his wives, Balanchine would make a ballet. In 1924, Balanchine was invited to tour Germany as part of the Soviet State Dancers. A year later, the young choreographer joined Serge Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. At just 21 years old, Balanchine took over as choreographer for the group, one of the most renowned ballet companies in the world. After the Ballet Russes collapsed, Balanchine created the company Les Ballets in 1933. Following a performance, American dance aficionado Lincoln Kirstein approached Balanchine about collaboration and the two began a 50-year creative partnership, co-founding the School of American Ballet in 1934. The following year, the professional company known as the American Ballet emerged, becoming the official company of New York's Metropolitan Opera until 1936. In 1946, Kirstein and Balanchine co-founded a company that would become the New York City Ballet. Balanchine served as artistic director of the company, based out of New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. He produced more than 150 works for the company, including "The Nutcracker." While money was tight, Balanchine presented the dancers in practice clothes instead of ornate costumes. In addition to ballet, George Balanchine choreographed Hollywood movies and Broadway musicals. He is known for his connection to Igor Stravinsky; Balanchine created many ballets to his work, some in collaboration with the composer. He made more than 465 works, which have been performed by nearly every ballet company in the world.
Balanchine created plotless ballets, where the dancing upstaged glitz and storytelling. His work never featured a star, as he believed the performance should outshine the individual. He is credited with developing the neo-classical style distinct to the 20th century. Balanchine served as the artistic director of the New York City Ballet until his death, on April 30, 1983, in New York City. 
 
-Source from: http://www.biography.com/people/george-balanchine-9196284With edits made.

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