Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center are proud to introduce an exciting new chapter in dance with the world premier of BalletNow, an original three-performance program for which American Ballet Theatre Principals Roberto Bolle and Herman Cornejo are serving as artistic directors.
The Music Center in Los Angeles is now celebrating its 50th anniversary year and is home to the world's greatest artistic programs and events. It is a destination where audiences find inspiration in the very best of live performance, as well as nationally recognised arts education and participatory arts experiences.
Together 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.
As a former competitive dancer and ballet lover I can't express how excited I am to see these performances. I'm attending Roberto Bolle's opening night on Friday and will be keeping you updated from the show.
The performances will run over three evenings (10th-12th July), each with a different cast of stars. The first evening will feature the stars of Europe as curated by Roberto Bolle and the second will feature Latin American performers curated by Herman Cornejo. The third and final performance will combine the two. You can view the program here.
Ballet Now 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 premiers. 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.
Roberto Bolle started his love affair with ballet when he entered La Scala Theatre Ballet School at a young age. Rudolf Nureyev was the first to notice Bolle's talent when he was just 15 years old. In 1996, he was promoted to principle with La Scala Ballet Company. Bolle has performed extensively in many countries by invitations of world-famous ballet companies and in October 2000 he opened the season at Covent Garden Opera House in London performing Swan Lake. He has danced in the presence of the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace and at the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Turin.
Cornejo's program takes a different form and 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.
Herman Cornejo was born in Mercedes, Argentina and began his ballet studies at the age of eight. At the age of 14 he received a scholarship from the School of American Ballet. Cornejo has received multiple nominations, awards and distinctions for his performances.
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 push the boundaries of technique and interpretation as they perform more contemporary works alongside the traditional"
The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Friday 10th July (7.30pm)
Saturday 11th July (7.30pm)
Sunday 12th July (2pm)