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September 15, 2000

AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET OPENS BRIGHT STAR SEASON ON SEPT. 28

LA CROSSE, Wis.—New Jersey’s leading ballet organization, American Repertory Ballet, brings its exciting, contemporary performance to the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre to kick off the Bright Star Season on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

American Repertory Ballet’s highly acclaimed dancers, under the artistic direction of Graham Lustig, will present a diverse program that includes  "Paramour" and "Angels in the Architecture."

"Paramour" offers a sneak peek at 1930s Paris and simmers with sophisticated humor. Originally created for Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, it is inspired by the secret diaries of writer Anäis Nin and is set to Francis Poulene’s "Concerto for Two Pianos."

Canadian Choreographer Mark Godden’s "Angels in the Architecture" is based on the simple, spiritual lives of Shakers. In honor of the composer’s birthday centennial, the ballet is set to the score "Appalachian Spring" by Aaron Copland.

American Repertory Ballet company regularly performs throughout the United States and tours internationally. Its impressive dancers hail from different countries around the world like Jamaica, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and South Africa. The company performs works by American masters such as George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, and Paul Taylor, as well as new works by choreographers such as David Parsons, Lila York, and Elaine Kudo.

Artistic Director Lustig is a former principal character dancer with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, recipient of a Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship, and distinguished Choreographer in Residence for the Washington Ballet. In addition to leading the American Repertory Ballet, Lustig serves as Artistic Director of the American Repertory Ballet’s affiliate, the Princeton Ballet School, which serves more than 1,200 students and is the second largest ballet school in the U.S.

Since 1987, American Repertory Ballet has been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, also receiving a Citation of Excellence for 1998-00. It is the only dance company to receive both honors.

This production is sponsored by Dayton’s and is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Tickets for American Repertory Ballet are $22. To order tickets, please contact the Viterbo Box Office at 608-796-3100.

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