24 Feb Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. Gains The Balanchine Trust Approval for Spring 2016 Program of “Balanchine Masterworks”
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 17, 2016 – Indianapolis Ballet, Inc., home of the Indianapolis School of Ballet (ISB), announced its upcoming spring performances of “Balanchine Masterworks.” An extraordinary selection of ballets choreographed by George Balanchine will be performed May 21 & 22 at The Toby at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. These performances will celebrate the 10th Anniversary founding of the School at 502 North Capitol Avenue, in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. “This means the world to us,” said Founding Artistic Director Victoria Lyras. A product of the School of American Ballet, Lyras herself is a Balanchine protégé, who also danced many soloist and principal roles with the Pennsylvania Ballet from 1977 – 1984. “The Balanchine Trust [who accords permission to stage Balanchine choreography with only approved repetiteurs] has already entrusted the Indianapolis School of Ballet with presenting some of his works to our community. This, however, is the first time we’ve been granted such a large repertoire.”
George Balanchine is widely regarded as the Father of American Classicism. He revolutionized the approach to classical ballet through his teaching, musicality and choreography. Upon the invitation and assistance of Lincoln Kirstein, Balanchine founded the School of American Ballet in 1934 and established the New York City Ballet in 1948. George Balanchine is “regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet,” (New York City Ballet Website, nycballet.com).
Balanchine works new to the Indianapolis School of Ballet to be performed in May and repetiteurs who will stage them include:
- Concerto Barocco, danced to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D minor, will be staged by Nilas Martins, former principal dancer at New York City Ballet
- excerpts from The Four Temperaments fuses classical steps with a lean and angular style, will be staged by Victoria Simon, a former soloist with the New York City Ballet and hand-selected by Balanchine to stage his ballets around the world
- Victoria Simon will also stage the Waltz from Raymonda Variations and Serenade, which is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America and considered a milestone in the history of dance
- Emeralds from Jewels recalls the 19th century dances of the French Romantics and will be staged by Sandra Jennings, former soloist with the New York City Ballet
- Tarantella, which features dances based on traditional southern Italian music characterized by an upbeat tempo and accompanied by tambourines, will be staged by Victoria Lyras who has been granted permission from the Balanchine Trust. Lyras has performed this ballet on many occasions on tour with Edward Villella and with the Pennsylvania Ballet
“To be granted permission to perform this many Balanchine masterworks in one performance and to have such distinguished repetiteurs come to ISB to work with our students is a tremendous,” said Lyras, “We are thrilled to provide our dancers the opportunity to learn such revered choreography and to bring these iconic ballets to Central Indiana.” The limited-engagement performances will also feature new, exquisite costumes by Loukia Finale and dramatic lighting by James Leitner.
In addition to these extraordinary Balanchine Masterworks, the Indianapolis School of Ballet is delighted to once again present Carnival of the Animals with music of Camille Saint-Saëns featuring Travis DiNicola as the narrator with original verses by author, Rita Kohn. Tickets on sale now at http://www.indyballet.org.