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Featuring 3 fantastic works!

World Premiere: of Heaven & Earth

BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang has built an international reputation, first as a dancer and now as a choreographer who has won numerous awards for his work. In Liang’s much-anticipated World Premiere, of Heaven & Earth, the dancers will perform with live accompaniment from two grand pianos onstage. The pianists, Caroline Hong, noted piano soloist and a piano faculty member of The Ohio State University School of Music and BalletMet Music Director Tyrone Boyle, will present the emotionally powerful Rachmaninoff score. “This ballet is haunting, lushly romantic and heartbreaking—perfect for Rachmaninoff’s composition. It’s also very open-ended. I want the audience to find their own way through it,” Liang says. “There are many ways to interpret this work and it will hold different meanings for you, depending on your perspective.  There’s no right or wrong way—it’s very individual.”

Carousel (A Dance):

Carousel a Dance, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, one of today’s most highly sought after dance creators, is set to a two-piano score with pianists Hong and Boyle off-stage, playing the music from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical. Composer Rodgers was known for his collaboration with choreographers and that is reflected in Wheeldon’s ballet, using “The Carousel Waltz” and “If I Loved You” from the original musical’s dream sequence. Wheeldon premiered Carousela Dance in 2002 for the New York City Ballet’s centennial tribute to Rodgers, “Celebrating the Music of Richard Rodgers.” In a review of that performance, Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times, wrote: Mr. Wheeldon has done a beautiful job of abstracting the musical’s themes of a dark, troubled romance.” Wheeldon was recently hailed by the New York City Ballet as one of “ten of today’s most formidable forces” [in choreography].

18 + 1:

Mambo king Perez Prado’s music in 18 + 1 will add a sassy Latin beat while Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s choreography celebrates the power and heat of music and movement.  Award-winning Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano was named one of the “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2012. He premiered 18 + 1, representing his 19 years as a choreographer, while artistic director at Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theater in 2012.  In Sid Smith’s review in the Chicago Tribune, he described the work as “playful, but richly designed…It’s another winner for the talented Sansano, agleam with choreographic surprises, including Latin pop….” Sansano began his dance career in his native Spain as a youth dancing at local festivals, and soon he began designing movement for other young dancers. This early influence, growing up in Spain with music lovers and dancers, is important to his work today. As he sums it up: “Dance and music are the perfect couple, the perfect marriage.”


Luna Negra performing 18+1

Tyrone Boyle playing Rachmaninoff for Edwaard Liang's new work of Heaven and Earth

The making of a pianist - Tyrone Boyle

BalletMet Dancers in the studio with Monica Cervantes learning 18+1