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Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center to Host First-Ever International Dance Collaboration and World Premiere of BalletNow™

American Ballet Theatre Principals Roberto Bolle and Herman Cornejo Serve as Artistic Directors for Three Programs of World-Class Ballet Stars at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on July 10-12, 2015


LOS ANGELES (June 23, 2015) –
Heightening its role as a powerful commissioning force, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center – The Music Center’s acclaimed dance series – is introducing an exciting new chapter in dance with the world premiere of BalletNow™, an original three-performance program for which American Ballet Theatre Principals Roberto Bolle and Herman Cornejo are serving as artistic directors.  Bolle and Cornejo have formed an international ensemble of 18 major dancers from 12 foreign countries for three distinctive performances, with many of the dancers performing at The Music Center and in Southern California for the first time. 

The first night of the July 10-12, 2015 engagement at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will feature stars of Europe, curated by Roberto Bolle; while the second night will feature stars of Latin America, curated by Herman Cornejo.  The third and final performance of the engagement will be a combination of the two.  The Music Center is co-producing the European stars program and final performance with Arts Producer Plus LLC (Richard Kielar, principal) and Artedanza s.r.l. (Emanuela Bolle, principal), and the Latin American stars program with Arts Producer Plus LLC.

BalletNow will feature a combination of classic solos and pas de deux, as well as cutting-edge contemporary ballet, and will include world, U.S., and west coast premieres.  Bolle’s program will be a mix of pure classical, neo-classical and modern works.  He will dance in the west coast premiere of Prototype, with choreography by Massimiliano Volpini, original music by Piero Salvatori, and stunning digital effects by Xchanges Visual effects.  Bolle, who is Étoile at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, will also dance in the U.S. premiere of Passage, with choreography by Marco Pelle to music and video by Fabrizio Ferri.  Passage was first presented at the Venice Film Festival in Italy in 2014. 

Cornejo’s program will have a distinct Latin flair, including his performance in the west coast premiere of his Tango y Yo, which premiered with Ballet Hispanico in New York in 2010.  In addition, this program will feature the pas de deux and variations from Cornejo’s version of Don Quixote Suite.  As part of Cornejo’s program, Colombian-born Carlos Molina is creating a world-premiere Carmen pas de deux, and will present the west coast premiere of his Spartacus pas de deux.  American Ballet Theatre Principal Paloma Herrera, who is giving her west coast farewell performance on July 11, 2015, will dance the pas de deux, Verano Porteño, from Cuatro Estaciones de Buenos Aires, choreographed by Mauricio Wainrot, as well as a pas de deux, Nuestros Valses, choreographed by Vicente Nebrada.

Renae Williams Niles, vice president of programming for The Music Center, said, “BalletNow celebrates the hybridity apparent in so much of the dance world today, along with the interpretive forces and diversity of ideas that surface when dancers guest with other companies and artists.  Ballet lovers will especially appreciate the extraordinary talent featured in BalletNow as the artists, many of whom are partnering across geographies for the first time, push the boundaries of technique and interpretation as they perform more contemporary works alongside the traditional.”

About the BalletNow Repertoire*

Friday, July 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m./Featuring Ballet Stars of Europe

Cast:
Roberto Bolle, Étoile Teatro alla Scala, Milan & principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre, New York (from Italy)
Petra Conti, principal dancer, Boston Ballet, Boston (from Italy)
Marlon Dino, principal dancer, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich (from Albania)
Maria Eichwald, guest artist, former principal with Suttgart Ballet, Germany (from Kazakhstan)
Maria Kochetkova, principal dancer, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco (from Russia)
Lucia Lacarra, principal dancer, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich (from Spain)
Marijn Rademaker, principal dancer, Dutch National Ballet, Amsterdam (from The Netherlands)
Henry Sidford, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco (from the United States)
Dinu Tamazlacaru, principal dancer, Staatsballett Berlin, Berlin (from Moldavia)     

Program: Part I

Program: Part II      

Excelsior pas de deux

Choreography: Ugo Dell’Ara after Luigi Manzotti

Music: Romualdo Marenco

Dancers: Petra Conti, Roberto Bolle

 

Three Preludes

Choreography: Ben Stevenson

Music: Sergei Rachmaninov

Dancers: Lucia Lacarra, Marlon Dino 

Trois Gnossiennes

Choreography: Hans Van Manen

Music: Erik Satie

Dancers: Maria Eichwald, Marijn Rademaker 

Mono Lisa

Choreography: Itzik Galili

Music: Thomas Höfs

Dancers: Maria Eichwald, Roberto Bolle 

The Lady of the Camellias pas de deux from act III

Choreography: John Neumeier

Music: Frédéric Chopin

Dancers: Lucia Lacarra, Marlon Dino 

Affi

Choreography: Marco Goecke

Music: Johnny Cash

Dancer: Marijn Rademaker 

Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux

Choreography: George Balanchine

Music: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Dancers: Maria Kochektova, Dinu Tamazlacaru 

Borderlands pas de deux

Choreography: Wayne McGregor

Music: Joel Cadbury and Paul Stoney

Dancers: Maria Kochektova, Henry Sidford 

Passage (U.S. premiere)

Choreography: Marco Pelle

Music and Video: Fabrizio Ferri

Dancer: Roberto Bolle

 

Les Bourgeois

Choreography: Ben Van Cauwenbergh

Music: Jacques Brel

Dancer: Dinu Tamazlâcaru 

 

Prototype (west coast premiere)

Concept and choreography: Massimiliano Volpini

Original music: Piero Salvatori

Costume Designer: Roberta Guidi di Bagno

Visual effects e video editing: Xchanges Visual effects

Dancer: Roberto Bolle 

 

Saturday, July 11, 2015/7:30 p.m., Featuring Latin American Ballet Stars


Cast:

Herman Cornejo, principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre, New York (from Argentina)
Paulo Arrais, principal dancer, Boston Ballet, Boston (from Brazil)
Mary Carmen Catoya, guest artist, former principal, Miami City Ballet, Miami (from Venezuela)
Erica Cornejo, principal dancer, Boston Ballet, Boston (from Argentina)
Paloma Herrera, principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre, New York (from Argentina)
Juan Pablo Ledo, principal dancer, Theatro Colon Ballet, Buenos Aires (from Argentina)
Carlos Molina, guest artist; former principal, Boston Ballet, Boston (from Colombia)
Luciana Paris, American Ballet Theatre Corps de Ballet, New York (from Argentina)
Kleber Rebello, principal dancer, Miami City Ballet, Miami (from Brazil)
Viengsay Valdes, principal dancer, Cuban National Ballet, Havana (from Cuba)

Program: Part 1

Program: Part II

Tango y Yo (west coast premiere)

Choreography: Herman Cornejo

Music: "Fuga y Misterio" by Astor Piazzolla 

Dancer: Herman Cornejo

 

Carmen (world premiere) 

Choreography: Carlos Molina

Music: Georges Bizet

Dancers: Erica Cornejo, Carlos Molina 

Verano Porteño
Choreography: Mauricio Wainrot

Music: Astor Piazzolla 

Dancers: Paloma Herrera, Juan Pablo Ledo 

Tchaikovsky pas de deux

Choreography: George Balanchine

Music: Tchaikovsky

Dancers: Mary Carmen Catoya, Kleber Rebello 

 

 

Sleeping Beauty wedding pas de deux

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Music: Tchaikovsky

Dancers: Mary Carmen Catoya, Paulo Arrais

 

Nuestros Valses

Choreography: Vicente Nebrada

Music: Teresa Carreno

Dancers: Paloma Herrera, Juan Pablo Ledo 

The Talisman

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Music: Riccardo Drigo

Dancers: Luciana Paris, Kleber Rebello

 

Don Quixote Suite

Choreography: after Marius Petipa

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Dancers: Viengsay Valdes, Herman Cornejo

Erica Cornejo, Juan Pablo Ledo, Luciana Paris, Kleber Rebello, Paulo Arrais, Mary Carmen Catoya, Carlos Molina 

Spartacus (west coast premiere) 

Choreography: Carlos Molina

Music: Aram Khachaturian 

Dancers: Erica Cornejo, Carlos Molina 

 

Le Corsaire pas de trois

Choreography: Konstantin Sergeyev after Petipa

Music: Riccardo Drigo

Dancers: Viengsay Valdes, Herman Cornejo, Paulo Arrais 

 

Sunday, July 12, 2015/2:00 p.m./Featuring a Combination of the Two Rosters


Cast:
Roberto Bolle, 
Étoile Teatro alla Scala, Milan; principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre, New York (from Italy)
Herman Cornejo, principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre, New York (from Argentina)
Mary Carmen Catoya, guest artist, former principal with Miami City Ballet, Miami (from Venezuela)
Petra Conti, principal dancer, Boston Ballet, Boston (from Italy)
Erica Cornejo, principal dancer, Boston Ballet, Boston (from Argentina)
Marlon Dino, principal dancer, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich (from Albania)
Maria Eichwald, guest artist, former principal with Suttgart Ballet, Germany (from Kazakhstan)
Lucia Lacarra, principal dancer, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich (from Spain)
Carlos Molina, guest artist; former principal, Boston Ballet, Boston (from Colombia)
Marijn Rademaker, principal dancer, Dutch National Ballet, Amsterdam (from the Netherlands)
Kleber Rebello, principal dancer, Miami City Ballet, Miami (from Brazil)
Viengsay Valdes, principal dancer, Cuban National Ballet, Havana (from Cuba)
*Program and artists subject to change.


Program: Part 1

Program: Part II

Three Preludes (European)

Choreography: Ben Stevenson

Music: Sergei Rachmaninov

Dancers: Lucia Lacarra, Marlon Dino 

Le Corsaire pas de deux (Latin)

Choreography: Konstantin Sergeyev after Petipa

Music: Riccardo Drigo

Dancers: Mary Carmen Catoya, Kleber Rebello 

Tchaikovsky pas de deux (Latin)

Choreography: George Balanchine

Music: Tchaikovsky 

Dancers: Mary Carmen Catoya, Kleber Rebello 

 

Mono Lisa (European)

Choreography: Itzik Galili

Music: Thomas Höfs

Dancers: Maria Eichwald, Roberto Bolle 

Excelsior pas de deux (European)

Choreography: Ugo Dell’Ara after Luigi Manzotti

Music: Romualdo Marenco

Dancers: Petra Conti, Roberto Bolle  

Spartacus (west coast premiere) (Latin)

Choreography: Carlos Molina

Music: Aram Khachaturian 

Dancers: Erica Cornejo, Carlos Molina 

Carmen (world premiere) (Latin)

Choreography: Carlos Molina

Music: Georges Bizet

Dancers: Erica Cornejo, Carlos Molina 

 

Tango y Yo (west coast premiere) (Latin)

Choreography: Herman Cornejo

Music: "Fuga y Misterio" by Astor Piazzolla 

Dancer: Herman Cornejo

Trois Gnossiennes (European)

Choreography: Hans Van Manen

Music: Erik Satie

Dancers: Maria Eichwald, Marijn Rademaker 

Prototype (west coast premiere) (European)

Concept and choreography: Massimiliano Volpini

Original music: Piero Salvatori

Costume Designer: Roberta Guidi di Bagno

Visual effects e video editing: Xchanges Visual effects

Dancer: Roberto Bolle 

Don Quixote pas de deux (Latin)

Choreography: after Marius Petipa

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Dancers: Viengsay Valdes, Herman Cornejo 

 

 

Tickets for BalletNow start at $28 and are available at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90012.  Tickets are also available by calling (213) 972-0711 and online at musiccenter.org/balletnow .  For groups of 10 or more, call (213) 972-8555 or email mcgroupsales@musiccenter.org

Ticket holders can get a behind-the-scenes perspective by joining Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center for DANCETALKS, featuring discussions moderated by dance writer/historian Elizabeth Kaye, one hour before curtain.  Audiences will hear from Herman Cornejo on Friday, July 10, 2015, and Roberto Bolle on Saturday, July 11, 2015, with the Sunday, July 12, 2015 pre-talk participants to be announced.  

About Roberto Bolle

When he was extremely young, Roberto Bolle entered La Scala Theater Ballet School.  Rudolf Nureyev was the first to notice Bolle’s talent when Bolle was only 15.  In 1996, he was promoted to principal with La Scala Ballet Company.  His repertory includes leading classical roles and works by the most famous choreographers, such as Balanchine, Forsythe, Petit and Neumeier.

Bolle has performed extensively in many countries by invitations of world-famous ballet companies, such as Paris Opera, English National Ballet, Royal Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, the Berlin State Opera, the Mariinsky Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet. He has danced with such partners as Darcey Bussell, Alessandra Ferri, Sylvie Guillem, Lucia Lacarra, Tamara Rojo, Polina Semionova and Svetlana Zakharova.

Derek Deane, the English National Ballet director, created two productions for Bolle: Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet; both of them were performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

In October 2000, Bolle opened the season at Covent Garden Opera House in London performing Swan Lake, Anthony Dowell’s choreography, and, in November of that year, he was invited to Bolshoi to celebrate Maja Plisetskaja's 75th anniversary in the presence of President Putin.

In June 2002, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee, he danced at Buckingham Palace in the presence of the Queen.  The event was broadcast live by BBC and transmitted to all the Commonwealth countries.  During the 2003-2004 season, he was promoted to Étoile of La Scala Theatre.  On April 1, 2004, he danced in front of Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square to celebrate Young People's Day.

In February 2006, Bolle danced at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Turin where he performed a solo created for him by Enzo Cosimi. The ceremony was broadcast worldwide and seen by 2.5 billion people.  In 2007, he performed for the first time as a guest artist with American Ballet Theatre, on the occasion of Alessandra Ferri’s farewell performance.  Early in 2009, he was appointed principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.  It was the first time that a male Italian dancer had joined the company as a principal.  Since then he has performed every year in New York for the American Ballet Theatre’s MET season.  In 2009, the World Economic Forum awarded him "Young Global Leader."  Since 1999, he has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.   He has already visited Sudan (2006) and the Central African Republic (2010) to raise funds and awareness for children whose lives have been affected by violence.  In 2010, he met and worked with two great movie directors. Peter Greenway, whose virtual image of Roberto Bolle dominated the Italian Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010, and Bob Wilson, who created Perchance to Dream, a series of 30 video portraits featuring Roberto Bolle.  The special installation was presented first in New York in December 2010.

In November 2012, Bolle was appointed “Cavaliere dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” by Giorgio Napolitano, the president of the Italian Republic, for Bolle’s support of Italian culture.  On April, 8, 2014, he received the prestigious “Médaille de l’Unesco de la Diversité culturellee” in Paris for the universal value of his art.

About Herman Cornejo

Herman Cornejo was born in Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina, and began his ballet studies at the age of eight at the Instituto Superior de Arte at Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires.  At age 14, he received a scholarship from the School of American Ballet, the dance school of New York City Ballet.  On his return to Buenos Aires, he was invited to join Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino.

At the age of 16, Cornejo was the Gold Medal winner of the VIII International Dance Competition in Moscow (1997), the youngest dancer ever in the history of the competition.  Upon his return from Moscow, Cornejo was then promoted to principal dancer with Ballet Argentino, alternating with Bocca in all the principal roles in the repertoire during the company’s worldwide tours.  In 1999, he joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to soloist in August 2000 and to principal dancer in August 2003.

Cornejo has danced numerous principal roles as guest artist with major companies around the world, including New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, Cuban Contemporary Dance Company, Teatro Argentino de la Plata, Barcelona Ballet, Ballett Dortmund, and The National Ballet of Japan, and has appeared as a featured artist in many galas worldwide.

He has performed in charity events for several organizations.  He participated in The Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall, where he performed with Sting and Alessandra Ferri, and in events raising funds to find a cure for cancer, Down syndrome and Poliomyelitis.

Cornejo has received multiple nominations, awards and distinctions since he was a young dancer. Among them: Peace Messenger by UNESCO; Dancer of the Year by The New York Times; Latin Idol by Hispanic magazine; in 2005, awarded Star of the 21st Century; in 2010 and 2013, awarded Mr.Expressivity prize at the Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia; Argentinian Pride Award by the Argentinian Culture Center; winner of The Bessies prize presented by the NY Dance & Performance League in 2013; in 2014 awarded the "Premio Positano” in Italy; nominated in 2005 and awarded in 2014 the Prix Benois de la Danse as Outstanding Male Dancer of the year.

With American Ballet Theatre, his principal roles include Solor in La Bayadère; the Red Cowboy in Billy the Kid; Pyotr in The Bright Stream; the fourth movement in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1; Franz in Coppélia; Conrad, Ali, Lankendem and Birbanto in Le Corsaire; Basilio in Don Quixote; Puck in The Dream; the first sailor in Fancy Free; Alain in La Fille mal gardée; Ivan in Alexei Ratmansky’s Firebird; the Peruvian in Gaîté Parisienne; Albrecht in Giselle; The Man in HereAfter (Heaven); the Joker in Jeu de Cartes; Lescaut in Manon; the Nutcracker-Prince and the Cavalier in Kevin McKenzie’s The Nutcracker; the Nutcracker-Prince in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker; Cassio in Othello; Petrouchka in Petrouchka; the Son in Prodigal Son; Abderakman and Bernard in Raymonda; Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet; Prince Désiré and the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty; the Rose in Le Spectre de la Rose; Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake; James and Gurn in La Sylphide; Aminta and Eros in Sylvia; the third movement in Symphony in C; Sinatra Suite; Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; and Theme and Variations.

Cornejo created the role of Fortune in HereAfter, Rabbit in Rabbit and Rogue, and Caliban in The Tempest, and leading roles in The Brahms/Haydn VariationsC. to C. (Close to Chuck), Concerto No. 1 for Piano and OrchestraGlow– StopPretty Good YearSeven SonatasSymphony #9, and I Dig Love in Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison.

About Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center

Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center is one of the leading presenters of dance on the West Coast.  The celebrated series offers significant works by prestigious ballet and contemporary dance artists from around the world.  Entering its second decade, Dance at The Music Center continues to be a powerful commissioning force through the support of new works and artists-in-residence projects by today’s most influential companies and choreographers.  Performances take place throughout The Music Center, including the historic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the distinctive Ahmanson Theatre, and the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, providing the ideal setting for inspiring dance experiences.

About The Music Center

 Now celebrating its 50th anniversary year, The Music Center is Los Angeles’ home to the world’s greatest artistic programs and events.  With four iconic theaters and four renowned resident companies – Center Theatre Group, the LA Master Chorale, the LA Opera and the LA Philharmonic – and recognized for its illustrious dance programming, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, The Music Center is a destination where audiences find inspiration in the very best of live performance, as well as nationally recognized arts education and participatory arts experiences.  For more information, visit http://www.musiccenter.org/

Calendar Listing/BalletNow™

Where:             
The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90012

When:

Friday, July 10, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 12, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Ticket prices:  Start at $28
Box office:
 
The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90012
Online:  musiccenter.org/balletnow
Phone:  (213) 972-0711
For 10 tickets or more, call (213) 972-8555 or email mcgroupsales@musiccenter.org

Pre-performance DANCETALKS with Herman Cornejo on July 10, 2015 and Roberto Bolle on July 11, 2015.

 
Photos available upon request.