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GALA OF INTERNATIONAL BALLET STARS

Presented by BalletMet and ballet tech ohio

Production sponsor: National City

Described by The Columbus Dispatch last year as "something to cheer about," the Gala of International Ballet Stars features some of ballet's best dancers performing passages by some of its best choreographers.

The star-studded program will feature:

BalletMet, performing Call It Off by Harrison McEldowney; Stanton Welch's Wildlife; and La Vida Pasa from Deanna Carter's Colores de Alma, which was part of BalletMet's smash hit program at New York's Joyce Theater in May.

Former BalletMet Academy student Bridget Breiner of Stuttgart Ballet and Frankfurt Ballet's Christopher Roman, who studied with the now-defunct Cleveland Ballet, in Herman Schmerman by William Forsythe.

Gennadi Saveliev of American Ballet Theatre in the solo Gopak and, with Boston Ballet's Sarah Lamb (who's soon to be with Royal Ballet), a passage from Diana and Acteon and the White Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake.

Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur from English National Ballet in a Don Quixote pas de deux and Impromptu by Derek Dean.

Royal Ballet principal Viacheslav Samodurov and Larissa Lezhnina, leading principal ballerina with Dutch National Ballet (also a former principal with Kirov Ballet), in the neo-classical Le Corsaire, and Light and Shade by Krzyxztof Pastor, resident choreographer of Dutch National Ballet.

National Ballet of Canada's Alexander Antonijevic and Sonia Rodriguez in "Summer" from Artistic Director James Kudelka's The Four Seasons, and the Balcony pas de deux from John Cranko's Romeo & Juliet.

Prince Credell, from Alonzo King's San Francisco Lines Ballet, in a solo with music by J.S. Bach and, with Chiharu Shibata, a pas de deux to Coleman Hawkins.

Kellye Saunders and Donald Williams of Dance Theatre of Harlem in Alonzo King's Signs and Wonders, set to traditional African music; and True Love from Michael Smuin's St. Louis Woman: A Blues Ballet.

Houston Ballet's Bridgett Zehr and Connor Walsh performing the Black Swan and Grand Pas Classique pas de deux, and Joplin, a work created for them by Houston Artistic Director and BalletMet Artistic Associate Stanton Welch set to Scott Joplin's The Entertainer.

Friday, August 13, 2004, Palace Theatre

Tickets: $27, $47, $62, $77

Purchase ticketsMeet the Stars!

After the show, join us for a special GALA RECEPTION featuring hor d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and a chance to meet the international ballet stars in person.

Tickets are $25, and space is limited. Call 614.229.4848 today to make your reservations!

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