SOURCE: Western Ballet Company & School

Western Ballet Company & School

June 23, 2010 08:00 ET

Western Ballet Company Reshapes Classical Ballet With Latin American Motifs in a Debut Performance on Friday, July 23

"Danzón!" Inaugurates Western Ballet Company as a Home of Both Celebrated Classics and New Ballets by Latin American Artists

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - Western Ballet Company features choreography and music by distinguished artists from Latin America in a one-night-only performance of "Danzón!" on Friday, July 23, 2010, at 8 PM at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. This production showcases the power and passion of classical ballet from Latin America, inaugurating Western Ballet Company as a home of outstanding works by Latin American choreographers and composers.

"Danzón!" highlights the masterwork "Fiebre" ("Fever") by the venerated Venezuelan choreographer, Vicente Nebrada, as well as music by the legendary composers Teresa Carreño of Venezuela, Arturo Marquez of Mexico and Astor Piazzolla of Argentina.

The performance will thrill audiences with stirring rhythms, captivating energy and the unrestrained expression of the Latin American style, which no other culture in the world can claim.

Said Alexi Zubiría, Western Ballet Company's artistic director, "Vicente created his choreography well above the realm of classical ballet -- in the world of neoclassicism where the lines of the body extend together with the emotions. In doing so, he mastered the art of the pas de deux."

Zubiría continued, "Our dancers in Danzón! are therefore challenged to interpret Nebrada's neoclassical works using, as much as their technical abilities, the expressiveness of their movements. With Danzón! we are reshaping classical ballet into a neoclassical form with Latin American undertones, in order to convey the love, desire and intimacy of our lives."

He said, "Regardless of your age, social background, education, or experience with ballet, our dancing will connect with you in a powerful way. Our stories embody the deep human emotions that we all experience."

"Danzón!" unites human emotion and expert technique in a mixed program of four works.

Western Ballet Company presents "Danzón!" at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 23, 2010, at 8 PM.

About Western Ballet Company

Western Ballet Company is a classical ballet company dedicated to showcasing and evolving works by artists from Latin America. Western Ballet Company & School, a non-profit institution that makes classical ballet accessible to the general public, performs regularly in theaters, schools, libraries and museums. Our educational programs serve children, pre-professional teenagers and adults from beginners to professionals.

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