Tharp/Costello World Premiere Celebration

Benefits Miami City Ballet

Twyla Tharp and Elvis Costello

Opening Night
Friday, March 28, 2008
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
786-468-2250

This new work—Miami City Ballet’s first major commission—involves two of the most celebrated and sought-after artists of our time!

Twyla Tharp, one of the world’s great choreographers, has created some of the most memorable and innovative dances in the modern repertory, including Nine Sinatra Songs, Deuce Coupe, Push Comes To Shove, and In the Upper Room. She has also worked extensively on Broadway and in Hollywood, choreographing and directing the Tony Award-winning dance musical Movin’ Out, set to the music of Billy Joel, and creating the choreography

Gerry LeBow, Roz Richter, Tina Carlo – Celebration Chairmen

for the movies Hair and Amadeus, among others. This commission is Ms. Tharp’s first major new ballet in six years.

For it, she has joined forces with Elvis Costello, one of the world’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters, who is providing an original musical composition for her choreography. Mr. Costello’s musical curiosity is expansive: besides rock and roll, it ranges from classical to jazz to country. His musical interests have led him into acclaimed collaborations with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, mezzo-soprano Sofie von Otter, and Allen Toussaint, among others. The performance will feature new music intertwined with motifs and quotations from existing songs, and is being written for an on-stage dance band as well as a 32-piece orchestra in the pit.

Given their far-reaching imaginations and their spirit of artistic daring, Twyla Tharp and Elvis Costello seem like a natural—and perfect—collaboration. In addition, famed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi will create the costumes for the piece!

Edward Villella, James Ansin, Toby Lerner Ansin, Andrew Ansin, Linda Villella at 20th Anniversary Gala

The Company feels privileged to be the first to present this major new yet-to-be-named work to the American public. See it exclusively at Miami City Ballet.

Opening Night, March 28, 2008, Miami City Ballet will host a World Premiere Celebration at Carnival Center for the Performing Arts. The party will be an exciting evening of dining, dancing, dazzling décor, glamorous attire, live and disco music, and of course some surprises. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Don’t miss this spectacular event.

For information on the World Premiere Celebration, please call (305) 929-7000 x1444.

About Miami City Ballet

MCB is among the largest ballet companies in the United States, with 55 dancers and a fiscal year 2007-2008 budget of approximately $12 million. The Company has four Home Counties in South Florida: Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach, plus Collier (on Florida’s west coast), where MCB is presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center. In addition to its Repertory Series and performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ in the four counties, Miami City Ballet also performs The Nutcracker in Clearwater, Florida.

The Company’s repertoire has 97 ballets, including 13 world premieres. It includes: George Balanchine’s masterworks, most notably Prodigal Son, Apollo, Agon, The Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in C, Ballet Imperial and the full-length Jewels and works by contemporary choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Jerome Robbins, and Trey McIntyre. Ballets by Frederick Ashton, Petipa, Bournonville, Edward Villella and others also highlight the repertoire. The Company repertoire also includes classical works such as Giselle, Coppélia and Don Quixote.

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