Works by Balanchine and Tharp Anchor Kansas City Ballet's 2005-06 Season

Classic Arts News   Works by Balanchine and Tharp Anchor Kansas City Ballet's 2005-06 Season
The Kansas City Ballet's 2005-06 season will include company premieres of works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp, along with a program of solos by such choreographers as Isadora Duncan and Bob Fosse.

The fall season will feature the company premiere of Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto, along with the premiere of University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory faculty Paula Weber's Canzone I and II and Margo Sappington's ZUZU Lounge, which premiered in 2002.

The holiday season will bring performances of The Nutcracker, which, according to the Kansas City Star, earned $60,000 less than its goal last season.

The company's winter-season program features Fernand Nault's La Fille mal gard_e, former artistic director Todd Bolender's Grand Tarantella, and a work by current artistic director William Whitener that incorporates Beat, a solo set to music by Miles Davis.

In the spring, the company presents Bolender's Voyager, a ballet created in collaboration with Kansas City light sculptor Dale Eldred; Twyla Tharp's Catherine Wheel Suite, a company premiere with elements of Tharp's earlier Catherine Wheel set to music by David Byrne; and a program called Six Solos of Consequence featuring solos by choreographers Duncan, Mary Wigman, Claire Porter, Fosse, and Balanchine.

The company is almost certainly facing a smaller budget, according to the Star. Executive director Jeffrey Bentley said that because of shortfalls including the Nutcracker ticket sales, the budget could be as much as $200,000 less than it was last season.

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