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BalletNext presents BalletNext 2019 Season in Partnership with The University of Utah School of Dance, Feb. 19-23

by Michelle Tabnick
December 22, 2018
New York Live Arts
219 W 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 691-6500
BalletNext presents BalletNext 2019 Season in partnership with the University of Utah School of Dance at New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th Street, NYC from February 19-23, 2019. Performances: Tue-Sat at 7:30pm and Sat at 2pm. Tickets are $25 (20% discount to Live Arts members; $10 for students), and can be purchased at www.balletnext.com.

Be prepared for a blast of fresh air when Michele Wiles' BalletNext returns to New York Live Arts, February 19-23. Look out for the debut of a crop of new dancers hand-picked from the University of Utah's ballet program, at which Wiles is currently a Visiting Professor. These stars-in-the-making will join Wiles, principal guest artists Amar Ramasar and others to perform two new ballets by Wiles and two ballets choreographed for BalletNext by Mauro Bigonzetti. All works are set to live music with a world premiere commissioned score by Wiles' ongoing collaborator, master jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell, and University of Utah's internationally acclaimed concert pianist Dr. Vedrana Subotic.  Featured performance musicians also include piano recording artist and composer Luis Perdomo and internationally recognized violinist Angela Kim.

"I believe a significant part of our art form's future will come through deep partnerships between smaller professional companies and major university systems," said Wiles. "BalletNext's partnership with the University of Utah provides a strong professional performance platform for rising stars and well-rounded ballerinas."

Wiles curates an evening that celebrates an actionable platform for unique emerging talent of today's ballet world. The professional level of University of Utah dancers inspired Michele to go back to the roots of BalletNext and reset Mauro Bigonzetti's "La Follia, with its fusion of grounded modernism and strong ballet technique" (The New Yorker).  With this vision, Wiles also choreographed two additional new works for the Season's presentation.

ABOUT BALLETNEXT
At BalletNext, the search for innovation trumps convention. In 2011, Michele Wiles, one of New York's most acclaimed dancers, founded the company with the vision to provide a platform for leading dancers, choreographers, and musicians. As a result, new work is produced and performed in an environment that promotes experimentation, creative problem solving, and a focus on process. www.balletnext.com

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF DANCE
The School of Dance at the University of Utah is home to the disciplines of ballet and modern dance, which each have long traditions of excellence and prominence in the state and across the world. Each discipline boasts renowned faculty who connect individually with students, unique and plentiful performance opportunities, a breadth of scholarly and creative inquiry, rigorous and challenging coursework, and interdisciplinary explorations. The internationally acclaimed dance programs at the NASD-accredited University of Utah offer a comprehensive program of Dance study, maintaining a balanced emphasis on both performance and scholarship while presenting students with the training necessary to excel within their chosen field. The student body is comprised of approximately 200 undergraduates and 25 graduate students seeking the following degrees: Minor, BFA, HBFA, and MFA. A commitment to excellence in Dance education, its teaching, performance and research, is the hallmark of the programs-known worldwide for their versatile and gifted alumni.  The School of Dance is one of five units in the College of Fine Arts, including Art & Art History, Film & Media Arts, Music, and Theatre. The University of Utah is located in the Wasatch foothills, overlooking Salt Lake City, the Great Salt Lake, and the Great Basin's west desert. www.dance.utah.edu

ABOUT NEW YORK LIVE ARTS
New York Live Arts is a center of diverse artists devoted to body-based investigation that transcends barriers between and within communities led by world-renowned artist Bill T. Jones. We are a place that brings people together to explore common values through live gathering and performance reminding us of our humanity and elevating the human spirit. newyorklivearts.org
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