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Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine And Tharp

Airs Friday, October 28, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The Miami City Ballet performs George Balanchine's "Western Symphony."

Witness the grace and beauty of one of America’s finest dance companies, Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, in a trio of signature works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp.

The Miami City Ballet performs George Balanchine's “Square Dance.”
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Above: The Miami City Ballet performs George Balanchine's “Square Dance.”

Members of the Miami City Ballet perform Twyla Tharp’s “The Golden Section.”
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Above: Members of the Miami City Ballet perform Twyla Tharp’s “The Golden Section.”

This program showcases the company’s critically acclaimed performances of Balanchine’s “Square Dance” (music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli) and “Western Symphony” (music by Hershy Kay) and Tharp’s “The Golden Section” (music composed and performed by David Byrne). Actor Andy Garcia hosts.

From their home base in Miami Beach, Miami City Ballet – under the leadership of Artistic Director Edward Villella, celebrated its 25th anniversary season in 2010-11. Villella is America’s most celebrated male ballet dancer. The artistry and versatility he exhibited during his long career with 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.

He is associated with many of the greatest roles in the New York City Ballet repertory and has been a leading advocate for the arts in America. In 1985, Villella became the founding artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, which has won worldwide acclaim under his direction.

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