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Nevada Ballet Theatre to Present Timeless Innovation on Oct. 17-18

Nevada Ballet Theatre is pleased to present Timeless Innovation featuring George Balanchine’s jazzy and upbeat Rubies, from his full-length ballet Jewels and two Las Vegas premieres by James Canfield including Coco, homage to the life of fashion empress Coco Chanel and the nationally renowned Jungle, set to the music of electronic super group, Future Sound of London.

This exciting program will be presented on Saturday, October 17 at 8 pm and Sunday, October 18 at 2 pm at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Season subscriptions are on sale now as well as an introductory subscription for just $20. To subscribe, call the UNLV box office at (702) 895-ARTS (2787) or order online at

Quick lunges, prances, flexed feet, heel-walks and jutting hips are all movements that characterize George Balanchine’s fast-paced and witty Rubies. Premiering in 1967, Rubies comprises one-third of Balanchine’s full-length ballet Jewels and has been hailed as an audience favorite. Though it is without a plot, history has it that Balanchine was inspired to create the work by a visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels. Featuring a female dancer with a larger than life personality and her dynamic partner, Igor Stravinsky’s uplifting score (Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, 1929) lends itself to a “very American” landscape of dynamic dancers costumed in deep, beautiful red.

Next on the program is Canfield’s striking Coco. Comprised of several songs by beloved French singer Edith Piaf, Coco celebrates the trials and tribulations of famed fashion designer Coco Chanel. A 1940’s setting is illuminated by unique stage elements such as a floating violin and couture-clothed dress forms. Through inventive choreography and genius musicality, the life story of a fashion icon is praised in this popular ballet.

“I am extremely excited to begin the 2009-2010 Season of Nevada Ballet Theatre!” said Canfield. “During tough economic times like these, it is imperative that we keep the arts in our lives. This season we are offering something for everyone – in addition to educating, elevating and entertaining, we hope to also enlighten – bringing new patrons closer to the art form by offering a special $20 introductory subscription. Audiences who love the classics will feel ignited with the spirit of George Balanchine’s striking Rubies, fashion lovers will delight to Coco, inspired by the life of Coco Chanel and those who like to ‘walk on the wild side’ will excite to the exoticism of my ballet Jungle.“

The production culminates with Canfield’s exotic and visually lush ballet Jungle. Described as “classical purity and rampant rambunctiousness,” the ballet begins with a series of solos within the setting of a fluorescent and electrifying urban forest. The performers’ movement becomes their survival throughout seven exciting scenes. With a multi-colored backdrop and costumes designed by visual artist Tom Cramer, this unconventional work includes Canfield’s signature athletic choreography and is surrounded by the intense rhythms of “World Beat” by innovative British music group, Future Sound of London. The Nashville Scene declared this ballet as a “surge of fast-paced movement that seamlessly incorporates classical techniques with the expressive vocabulary of modern dance.”

As a part of the new season, the company will perform its fall and spring programs in Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, with patrons having the choice to attend on Saturday evenings or Sunday afternoons, a change from the company’s usual Friday night opening. In addition, prior to Timeless Innovation and Brave New World, “Insights,” a free pre-performance perspective will offer patrons an insider’s view into the performance they are about to see. Held in the lobby, “Insights” will take place 45 minutes prior to curtain. Furthering this, the company will present “Talk Back,” an interactive Q & A following the performances that will lend patrons a greater understanding into the world of dance and the artists who make it happen.

Additional programs will include “NBT Unveiled” for Gold and Silver subscribers and “NBT 4×8,” both of which will be catalysts for education and outreach and offer a closer, more intimate experience into the beauty of dance as an art form.

Single Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 8 with special $10 & $20 Balcony Seats available. Call the UNLV Box Office at (702) 895-ARTS (2787) for more information. Special group pricing is also available for groups of 20 or more.

Mix and mingle with an exclusive VIP circle of patrons. In celebration of Timeless Innovation, the company will host a special pre-performance dinner on Saturday, October 17 at Morton’s The Steakhouse at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $100 per person. For reservations, please call Jessica Erali at (702) 243-2623 ext. 222 or email [email protected].