Barcelona Ballet (formerly known as Corella Ballet) returns to New York City

Barcelona Ballet (formerly known as Corella Ballet) returns to New York City Center April 17 – 20 for a second engagement following several successful U.S. tours. Artistic Director Ángel Corella will dance with his company in the world premiere of Pálpito, a full-company ballet by Ángel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez. The program also features Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto and Christopeer Wheeldon’s For 4. New York City Center is located on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Corella Ballet, Palpito – photo by Manuel de los Galanes

“2012 comes with an exciting change for my company,” Corella said, “something that I have been working on since the creation of the Ángel Corella Foundation in 2001: the establishment of Spain’s only classical ballet company in Barcelona. With this move comes a new name for the company, Barcelona Ballet. The company is the same only it now has a new home and a new name. I created the company for the dancers and the audiences of Spain and not for myself, so I think it fitting that the company take on the name of one of the greatest cities in the world. All major European cities have a classical ballet company: Paris, London, Berlin and now Barcelona.”
Pálpito, by Ãngel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez, (world premiere) is a full-company classical ballet that integrates classical ballet and traditional Spanish dance, with original musical composition by Héctor Gonzalez.

Ángel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez, Artistic Directors of Nuevo Ballet Español. won first place at the Spanish annual dance and flamenco choreography awards in 1994 when they were still teenagers. Two years later, the duo established Nuevo Ballet Español to keep the traditions of flamenco alive into the 21st century. Since that time, the company has toured four continents and performed to sold-out houses.

Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto (1987) combines drama, complex choreography and duets of great athleticism, featuring seven Principal Dancers and a Corps of 16.

Clark Tippet (1955–1992), a dancer and choreographer, was a member of the American Ballet Theatre from 1972 to 1978, during which time he was promoted to Soloist in 1975 and Principal Dancer in 1976. He choreographed his first piece, Enough Said, in 1986. During his choreographic career Tippet choreographed five ballets for ABT and other works for Pacific Northwest Ballet and Kansas City Ballet.

Christopher Wheeldon’s For 4 is a quartet set to Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden. The work, which was originally created for Kings of Dance, explores moving as a chorus and as an individual through the use of technique, virtuosity and artistic interpretation.

Christopher Wheeldon has created ballets for companies all over the world, including The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet, to name a few. He co-founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and served as its Artistic Director from 2007 to 2010. From 2001 to 2008 Mr. Wheeldon was Resident Choreographer for the New York City Ballet, where he created 17 ballets.

Barcelona Ballet (formerly Corella Ballet), founded by American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer, Angel Corella, is the only classical ballet company in Spain. Since its formation in 2008, the company has received critical acclaim both in Spain and internationally. Corella created the Angel Corella Foundation in 2001, with two principle missions: to create a world-class ballet company that would provide a place for Spanish dancers to develop their art form, an opportunity that had not been available to them in over 20 years; and to create a ballet school that would integrate academic and artistic studies, including a full-time residence and would provide financial aide to those in need. The Foundation has since fulfilled its first mission. Plans for the opening of the school are now in its final stages. The company has toured to all major theaters in Spain and has toured internationally to the U.S., Mexico, Morocco, Italy, France and Portugal among others.

New York City Center (Arlene Shuler, President & CEO) has played a defining role in the cultural life of the city for nearly 70 years. It was Manhattan’s first performing arts center, dedicated by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in 1943 with a mission to make the best in music, theater and dance accessible to all audiences. Today, City Center is home to many distinguished companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club; a roster of renowned national and international visiting artists; and its own critically acclaimed and popular programs. The Tony-honored Encores! musical theater series has been hailed as “one of the very best reasons to be alive in New York” and has expanded to include a new partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Dance has been integral to the theater’s mission from the start, and dance programs, including the annual Fall for Dance Festival and a partnership with London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre, remain central to City Center’s identity. City Center is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to New York City students and teachers with programs such as Encores! In Schools and the Young People’s Dance Series. Special workshops cater to families, seniors and other groups, while events such as the Fall for Dance DanceTalk series offer learning opportunities to the general public. In October 2011 City Center completed an extensive renovation to revitalize and modernize its historic theater.

The 2012 Barcelona Ballet New York City Center Season runs Tuesday, April 17 – Friday, April 20 at New York City Center (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). Tuesday and Wednesday performances are at 7:30 p.m., and Thursday and Friday performances are at 8 p.m.

Site: Danza Ballet

Title: Pálpito
Place: New York City Center
City: New York
Country: United Estates of America
Date: April 17 – 20/ 2012


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