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     2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES: DOMINIC WALSH DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS "AN EVENING IN ITALY" AT HOUSTON'S MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE ON SEPTEMBER 6

Date:

06/28/2013


     2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES: DOMINIC WALSH DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will proudly perform An Evening in Italy: Celebrating 2013, the Year of Italian Culture in the United States at Miller Outdoor Theater on Friday, September 6 at 8 PM. Presented by the Miller Outdoor Theatre in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy in Houston, the program will feature dancers from Sarasota Ballet in two original works by Dominic Walsh, “I Napoletani” and “Bello.”

Set to Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and popular Neopolitan music from the late 1800s, I Napoletani is a lighthearted homage to the people of Naples.

“I feel an unmistakable vitality in the air when I am there, and I thought it would be fun to pay homage to this spirit of life that the Neapolitan people really appreciate, ” says Walsh. “After a montage to O Sole Mio, we visit Teatro San Carlo – one of the oldest theaters in Europe and the home of the first ballet school – to examine the evolution of dance and theater. We then travel to a kitchen in Naples accompanied by traditional Neapolitan music, food, humor and heart.”

Bello, set to five Italian arias by Georg Frederick Handel, is a tribute to the life of dancer Mark Arvin, a friend of Walsh's who passed away a month before the piece's 2005 premiere.

Following it's premiere, Bello received a Dance Europe Critics' Choice award for “Best Premiere (Classical)” and Mark Lynch of The Daily News wrote: “...it is a testament to Walsh...to have superbly etched the psychological interior of a man in search of the memories of past relationships...In the stunning, fleeting images of the final movement one realizes the power of Walsh's work as a transcendent synthesis of theater, music and contemporary dance...”

2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States, is an initiative held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic and organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington. The aim of the initiative is to showcase Italian culture, not only in its traditional form of historical and artistic legacy, but also as a dynamic asset that gives value to the future relationship between Italy and the United States.

After being tapped by Fabrizio Nava, Consul General of Italy, to participate in this year's celebration, Walsh handpicked I Napoletani and Bello to highlight the country that has been a huge inspiration to him creatively.

“I’m honored to be asked by Consul General Nava to participate in 2013 – Year of Italian Culture in the United States.  The Italian community in Houston has continued to support DWDT enthusiastically for years and I’m humbly grateful.  I look forward to contributing to this celebration with two of my favorite works.”

An Evening in Italy is a free program, but tickets are required for reserved seats in the covered area. Tickets are available at the Box Office between 10:30 AM and 1 PM on the day of the show. Four tickets per person. Remaining tickets are available starting at 7 PM. Unclaimed seats are released 5 minutes before curtain. Hillside seating is not reserved.

To learn more about the Year of Italian Culture in the USA:

- Official Web Page www.italyinus2013.org
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ItalyInUs2013/
- Twitter hashtag #2013ItalianYear
- Social media platform www.twiplomacy.it/USA


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