Miami Mambo

Monday, April 8, 2002

With its entire complement of 50 dancers, Miami City Ballet will be on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University to conduct master classes, lectures, demonstrations, panel discussions, a keynote address, and a full-length performance at Forrest H. Rose Theatre. The internationally renowned ballet will perform April 8-10 to sold out shows.

The company also will present several outreach activities for students in the Cape Girardeau and Sikeston public school systems. The ballet company previously performed to a nearly sold-out audience on the Southeast campus in October 1998. Edward Villella, artistic director of the Miami City Ballet since its inception in 1987, will highlight the residency as the company performs the "Rubies" section of George Balachine's 1967 masterpiece "Jewels," as well as two new ballets choreographed by Villella.

The residency will also feature "The Quick step: Unspeakable Jazz Must Go!" with choreography by Villella to music by Duke Ellington and other jazz/blues greats, and "Mambo No. 2 a.m.," with choreography by Villella to Latin music by Cuban pianist and bandleader Perez Prado.

Also featured will be panel discussion and keynote address entitled "From Russia With Love: Balanchine and Stravinsky in America."

This residency is made possible through the support of Dance St. Louis, Southeast Missouri State University, U.S. Bank, Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Southeast Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Liberal Arts, School of Graduate Studies & Research, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, and a host of other individuals and organizations in the Cape Girardeau community and region.

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