Indianapolis's Ballet Internationale Seeks Move to Los Angeles

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Eldar Aliev, artistic director of Indianapolis's Ballet Internationale, has proposed moving the company to Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The troupe would become the resident dance company at the Los Angeles Music Center, which currently does not have one.

A proposal commissioned by Aliev and to be submitted this month to the Music Center, reads "Ballet Internationale is the only company in the world that can move to L.A., change its name and give itself over to Los Angeles, and immediately perform at the pinnacle of excellence."

According to the Times, Renae Robinson, manager of dance presentations at the Music Center, says that the center is not looking for a resident company at the moment, although a task force is looking at what sort of model would serve them for the inclusion of a resident company at some point in the future.

The model includes not just costs, but who the audience would be, and what sort of dance they would like to see. It might not, according to the Times, be classical, Russian-style ballet.

Ballet Internationale is made up largely of Russian-trained dancers, and has a current budget of $3.5 million. Aliev, who has been the company's artistic director since 1994, is a former Kirov Ballet principal, and has several other former Kirov dancers on his staff.

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