News September/October 2004


LOS ANGELES -- As part of its continuing celebration of the 100th anniversary of George Balanchine's birth, New York City Ballet will perform three programs at the Music Center, Oct. 6-10.

Program A will offer an all-Balanchine program: "Who Cares," "Agon" and Symphony in C."

Program B continues with two more Balanchine works, "Concerto Barocco" and "Tschaikovsky Pas De Deux," plus works by Peter Martins and Jerome Robbins.

Program C consists of "Serenade" and "Stravinsky Violin Concerto" (Balanchine), and "Carnival of the Animals" (Christopher Wheeldon).

What is now known as New York City Ballet was the idea of Lincoln Kirstein, who envisioned an American ballet where young dancers could be trained and schooled under the guidance of the greatest ballet masters. When he met George Balanchine in London in 1933, Kirstein knew he had found the right person for his dream. In 1933 Balanchine traveled to America at Kirstein's invitation, and in 1934 the two men opened the School of American Ballet, where Balanchine trained dancers in an innovative style and technique that matched his idea of a new, unmannered classicism. Balanchine served as Ballet Master of New York City Ballet from its inception to his death in 1983.

For tickets and information call 2130 972-0711.


LOS ANGELES -- Garth Fagan will bring his famed dance company to the Ahmanson Theatre for two performances, Oct. 23-24. Fagan's L.A. program consists of "Woza," music by Lebo M., "Translation Transition," music by the Jazz Jamaica All Stars," and "DANCECOLLAGEFORROMIE," a tribute to artist Romare Bearden.

Garth Fagen Dance has been hailed for its excellence and originality. The distinctive movement quality comes from years of training in Fagan Technique, the teaching method Fagan developed hand-in-hand with his own dance vocabulary when he started the ensemble in 1970. The company has performed all over the world and recently celebrated its 15th anniversary in Harare, Zimbabwe, while on tour for the United States Information Agency.

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