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2005-2006 season

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Subscription renewal information describes this 20th season as a "Season of American Signatures featuring signature works of modern American masters."

Company premieres: Push Comes to Shove (Tharp) and Dances at a Gathering (Robbins).

Revivals include: Prodigal Son (Balanchine); Nine Sinatra Songs (Tharp -- last performed in 2002-3 season); Slaughter on 10th Avenue (Balanchine, 2002-3); The Quick Step: Unspeakable Jazz Must Go! (Villella) and Ballanchine's Concerto Barocco and Duo Concertante.

Miami City performs 4 programs (plus multiple Balanchine's Nutcrackers) in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. I think they also include performances in Naples (Fla.) in addition to touring. Edward Villella, the Artistic Director, was a famous Prodigal Son and was in the original cast of Dances at a Gathering.

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In Naples, the company is brought in by the Naples Philharmonic's supporters and is accompanied by that orchestra, I believe; live music in the Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach venues, where the company "self-produces", remains a sometime thing, although I can testify that the quality of the recorded sound in Miami Beach has greatly improved in the last few years. Both there and in Ft. Lauderdale, they have brought in their own sound operator and some better equipment.

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Here's specific program information on the 2005-6 20th Anniversary Season. Note the way it keeps the focus on Balanchine for each program, while balancing those ballets with top-quality work that is quite different.


-- Donizetti Variations and Prodigal Son (Balanchine)

-- The Quick-Step: Unspeakable Jazz Must Go (Villella -- 1920s section from the full-length Neighborhood Ballroom)


-- Push Comes to Shove (Tharp)

-- La Source and Western Symphony (Balanchine)


-- Dances at a Gathering (Robbins)

-- Symphony in C (Balanchine)


-- Funny Papers (Paul Taylor)

-- Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux and Serenade (Balanchine)

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As of 1st April, Programs III and IV are changed, although the emphasis bart points out is about the same (unless you count running time!):


--Dances at a Gathering (Robbins)

--Ballet Imperial [instead of Symphony in C] (Balanchine)


--Funny Papers (Taylor)

--Serenade and Symphony in C [symphony in C replaces Duo Concertante and Tchaikovsky pas de deux] (Balanchine)

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As of April 21 (and I believe finalized)

Program I

Donizetti Variations

Prodigal Son

THE QUICK-STEP: Unspeakable Jazz Must Go

Program II

La Source

Push Comes to Shove

Western Symphony

Program III

Dances at a Gathering

Ballet Imperial

Program IV


Funny Papers

Symphony in C

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