Great performances (WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)). [2011-10-28], Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp


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Great performances (WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)). [2011-10-28], Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp
Summary: "GREAT PERFORMANCES shines a primetime spotlight on one of America's finest regional companies, Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet. The program -- a trio of signature works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp respectively -- showcases the company's critically acclaimed performances of Balanchine's 'Square Dance' and 'Western Symphony,' as well as Tharp's 'The Golden Section.' From their home base in Miami Beach (and utilizing four performing venues in south Florida), Miami City Ballet is now approaching 26 years of accomplished dancing with more than 88 ballets in its repertoire. Company Director Villella is one of America's most celebrated male dancers; the artistry and versatility he exhibited during his long career with the New York City Ballet (1957 to 1975), and in concert appearances across the United States and Europe and on television, did much to popularize the role of the male in dance. In 1985, Villella became the founding artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, which has won worldwide acclaim under his direction.

"Reviewing the Company performances at New York's City Center in January 2009, Alastair Macaulay wrote in The New York Times, 'To watch [Miami City Ballet] dance Balanchine is to see aspects of his choreography more clearly than with any other company today. Energy; crispness; stretch; dance as a demonstration of music rather than as a response to it; the multidimensionality of the body in space: these basic ingredients of the ballet master's style shine bright here.'

"This program meets Peabody consideration because Miami City Ballet, under the direction of Balanchine protege Edward Villella, has become one of the preeminent performing ensembles of the Balanchine repertory. Continuing its tradition of highlighting the best in American dance, this GREAT PERFORMANCES production showcases two major works by Balanchine and serves as a record of Villella's personal mission to carry on the Balanchine legacy with technical and interpretive excellence. Also in this production, the expert directing of Matthew Diamond captures the company's stellar performance of Twyla Tharp's 'The Golden Section,' illustrating their equal ability tackling challenging contemporary choreography."--2011 Peabody Awards entry form.

Corporate Producers: Miami City Ballet | Thirteen (Firm) | WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.) | Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)

Persons Appearing: Miami City Ballet

Broadcast Date: 2011-10-28