Wigs, robes, tutus, and bikinis in a dressing room can only mean one thing: Bugaku! The Company is performing this George Balanchine piece in Program I of the 25th Anniversary Season which opens today! Sara Esty, Zoe Zien, Ashley Knox, and Leigh-Ann Esty had a chat about what it’s like to dance in the corps of this erotic ballet, and who was present during rehearsals.
Don’t miss the first program of the most exciting season yet, which also includes Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations.
We are so fortunate to have the very person on whom George Balanchine choreographed many ballets as our artistic director — Edward Villella. The dancers often talk about how amazing it is to learn and rehearse a ballet with him because of all the insight he has and, of course, because he is the original! For Bugaku, the company had a double wami! Not only did they rehearse with Edward, but also with Allegra Kent, who was Edward’s partner when Mr. Balanchine choreographed the piece.
The original principal dancers in Bugaku, Edward and Allegra, sat down for a chat and reminisced about being a part of history.
Miami City Ballet will perform Bugaku in Program I of the 25th Anniversary Season – October 15-17 at Adrienne Arsht Center, November 12-14 at Broward Center, and November 19-21 at Kravis Center. For ticket information click here.