News May/June 2006



MIAMI CITY BALLET, one of the largest dance companies in the USA (45 dancers, four home bases in Florida), will celebrate its 20th anniversary when it takes the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, June 30-July 2. Program A will feature Dances At a Gathering (Jerome Robbins) and Slaughter on 10th Avenue (George Balanchine) with recorded music. Program B, "Modern Masters"--Fancy Free (Robbins), Nine Sinatra Songs (Twyla Tharp), Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Balanchine) with live orchestra.

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 U.S. His vision and style for MCB are based on the techniques established by famed choreographer George Balanchine.

MCB has toured 33 states and with this season's tour included, will have danced in 104 cities. The company also operates a Ballet School with an enrollment of 350 students; no child of talent is turned away for lack of funds.

Call Ticketmaster at 213-365-3500 or visit


Returning to REDCAT for the third consecutive season, the ensemble PARTCH continues its ongoing multimedia survey of the chamber music of the maverick American composer Harry Partch. The group presents the world premiere of the recently discovered work Sonata Dementia; a new six-dancer version of Castor and Pollux; The Intrusions and a filmed performance by the composer from Betty Freeman and Stephen Pouliot's 1972 documentary, The Dreamer That Remains.

Tues. May 30. 8.30 PM at Roy & Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre, 631 West 2nd St. Call 213-237-2800 or visit

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