INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS AND DIVERSE CHOREOGRAPHY TO HIGHLIGHT NEGLIA BALLET ARTISTS EVENING OF DANCE
On May 14th, 2011, at 7:00pm, Neglia Ballet Artists will present An Evening of Mixed Repertoire at the Rockwell Hall Performing Art Center at Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY . The evening will feature an array of pieces, ranging from classical to contemporary ballet, including George Balanchine with a roster of international and national guest dancers and choreographers and several premieres.
Performance tickets are $15 for all students, $25, and $50 VIP.For tickets call 716-878-3005, go to www.buffalostate.edu/pac
, or visit Rockwell Hall’s Box Office at Buffalo State College (Mon. - Fri. 9AM-5PM and two hours prior to the performance). Please see www.negliaballet.org
for more information or call 447-0401
The evening will open with divertissements from the Ballet Paquita. Neglia Ballet Artists Artistic Director and principal dancer Sergio Neglia and fellow Argentinean dancer Silvina Vaccarelli will perform the bravura pas de deux .Vaccarelli, recently performed the title role in Neglia’s Romeo and Juliet. The Buffalo News praised her performance calling it “exquisite” and “stellar”. From Buenos Aires, Vaccarelli is a principal dancer with the Colon Theatre, one of the largest ballet companies in the world. She has performed all over the world with some of the world’s most renowned dancers including Julio Bocca. Artistic Director Sergio Neglia hand picked Vaccarelli last spring on a trip to Buenos Aires and said “Silvina is a very profound artist with a very clean and beautiful technique. There were many dancers from the Colon that were interested in coming here to dance, but Silvina really stood out for her artistry.”
A highlight of the program is sure to be an excerpt from The Witch Boy choreographed by Jack Carter with the music of Leonard Salzedo the ballet in one act premiered in 1956. It is based on the ‘Ballad of Barbara Allan’ and tells the story of a love affair between a girl and a witch boy who is murdered by villagers suspicious of his strangeness. Sergio Neglia’s father Jose Neglia performed the role to great acclaim in the late 60’s and is the role for which he won the Vaslav Nijinsky Prize from the International Dance Association, and the gold star at the 6th International Festival of Dance, both in Paris, in 1968. In August Sergio Neglia will perform the role throughout Argentina as a tribute to his father who was tragically killed in plane crash with nine other dancers from the Colon Theatre in 1971.
Neglia Ballet Artists will stage an excerpt of George Balanchine’s Agon. This will mark the first time in their performing history that Neglia has staged a Balanchine piece and the first time the piece has been set on a local company. Set to the music of Igor Stravinsky, Agon is the Greek word for contest; the movements of the ballet are named after French court dances. Balanchine and Stravinsky together designed the structure of the ballet during the creation of the music. The piece will be staged by Deborah Wingert, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet and official repetiteur of the Balanchine Trust.
Several new works are slated for the program including "Unnatural Selection." Choreographer James Graber says “It is an abstract piece but derives it's inspiration around the idea of unnatural selection and what happens as organisms created inside a laboratory through genetic modification enter into and interact with naturally evolved organisms.” The piece will be performed by James Graber and Marybeth Hansohn with music by Hildur Gudnadottir.
The program will also include Executive Director Heidi Halt’s premiere of Dohnanyi Serenade; a neoclassical piece for six women in three movements. “The Dohnanyi music is just beautiful,” Halt says, “I started listening to the music years ago and eventually the movement just came to me. My goal when making an abstract piece is for the audience to ‘see’ the music through the choreography. ”
Lithuanian-born dancers, Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys will perform Viktor Plotnikov’s Breath in A,set to Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in A. The Buffalo News called it a “daringly brilliant contemporary dance work” when it was performed in Neglia’s 10th Anniversary Gala. Plotnikov, who the Providence Journal hails as "among the most innovative and evocative choreographers in the country," was born in Kharkov City, Ukraine. He is a former principal dancer with the Boston Ballet, and has choreographed works for Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Festival Ballet Providence. Plotnikov’s choreography is known not only for its original movement style and contemporary flair, but also for its much focused use of movement to tell a story and relate strong, passionate emotions. Putrius and Bauzys take the stage again for the crowd-pleasing Black Swan Pas de Deux. The married couple is both principal dancers with the Festival Ballet of Providence