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2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES: HOUSTON BALLET PRESENTS "DESTINATION ITALY"

Date:

01/17/2013


2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES: HOUSTON BALLET PRESENTS

Get your passports ready. You're being transported to Italy, via Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. This dynamic ballet company will present two works by choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, a native of Rome. Set to the familiar and always stirring music of Vivaldi, The Four Seasons is among Bigonzetti's newest works, created specifically for the Canadian company. His recognized and ever-popular Cantata is a passionate homage to the Italian culture and music tradition, evoking a wild Mediterranean beauty. The program is co-presented with Society for the Performing Arts.

On Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2, 2013, Houston Ballet presents Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal performing  Cantata and The Four Seasons by Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, one of the most acclaimed dance makers working in the world today. The performances will take place at Wortham Theater Center at 501 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston.  

Cantata, a 40-minute work, is an exploration of the multiple facets of relations shared between men and women, from seduction to jealousy to lovers' quarrels. Cantata pays homage to Italian culture and musical traditions, featuring a musical score that includes Italian serenades and lullabies performed live by Gruppo Musicale Assurd, a quartet of female singers from Italy. 

Featuring a cast of 20 dancers, Four Seasons, another 40-minute ballet, is structured in 12 scenes to match the 12 movements in Vivaldi's score. In describing his decision to choreograph to such a well-known piece of music, Mr. Bigonzetti has said that he wanted to "take on this challenge whose grandeur lies in the possibility to express - once again - something different, new, despite the familiarity of this work known to all."

Mauro Bigonzetti has choreographed for companies in Italy, England, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Turkey, France, and Canada. Some of his most recent works include In Vento for New York City Ballet, Romeo and Juliet for Aterballetto, Caravaggio for Staatsballett Berlin, and Festa Barocca for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He is resident choreographer for Aterballetto.

For the Web Site of Houston Ballet, tickets and more information please click here 

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