The Minnesota Ballet’s mission, through its professional company and school, is to inspire a love and appreciation for dance, to advance the art of ballet, to increase access to the art form, and to use its resources to benefit the greater community.
Operational support for the Minnesota Ballet is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Operational funding is received from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Miller-Dwan Foundation, Wildey Mitchell Family Foundation, and The Depot United Campaign. Minnesota Ballet is also generously supported by many businesses and individuals of our community.
This activity made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the programs of the Minnesota Ballet is provided to all individuals regardless of race, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or disability in admission, access, or employment.
Classy, Romantic & Theatrical—
The Perfect Night Out!
”Who Cares?” Triple Bill
Friday, October 17
Saturday, October 18
DECC Symphony Hall
Don’t miss Salvatore Aiello’s theatrical “Clowns and Others,” to Prokofiev piano miniatures played live by Guest Pianist David Packa; Allen Fields’ romantic “Raymonda Suite,” to Glazunov’s lush score; and George Balanchine’s effervescent “Who Cares?” to eight vintage Gershwin tunes.
Make the Triple Bill a romantic date night! Show your performance ticket at JJ Astor, Lake Avenue Restaurant, or The Pickwick for a free appetizer before a paid dinner either Friday or Saturday before the show. Friday night the YMCA will provide childcare, including activities and supper, 5–10 p.m. for $10 per child. Pre-register: 722-4745 x100, at front desk, or online http://www.duluthymca.org
George Balanchine, Choreographer
Regarded as the leading contemporary choreographer in ballet, George Balanchine brilliantly infused classic ballet with his own genius, creating groundbreaking works that changed the direction of ballet. His native Russia had trained him in the Russian Imperial ballet tradition; his adopted country of American inspired him to create works of dazzling speed uniquely reflecting the energy and spirit of American culture.
“Who Cares?” Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Salvatore Aiello, Choreographer
The New York-born Salvatore Aiello joined North Carolina Dance Theatre as Associate Director in 1979 and became Artistic Director in 1985, putting his unique imprint on the company.
His professional career included as dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and with the Hamburg Ballet, under the direction of John Neumeier; a charter company member of the Harkness Ballet; dancer with the Eglevsky Ballet and assistant to its founder, Andre Eglevsky; and principal dancer and Associate Director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Mr. Aiello choreographed for the Royal Winnipeg, Eglevsky, and Hamburg Ballets and for the Eddie Toussaint Dance Company, a Canadian jazz troupe.
A rich mixture of training and performance provided Mr. Aiello with versatility in style and theatricality and an impressive ability to choreograph a diverse array of works. The word “energy” most aptly describes him and is found prominently in his works. He was Director Emeritus of the North Carolina Ballet at the time of his death in 1995. In 1996, he was given the North Carolina Alliance Award for outstanding contribution to dance.
Are your children involved in this year’s production of The Nutcracker? Keep up to date on all the info with a page dedicated to the latest updates on the rehearsal process.
Sunday, November 2
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Ballet’s Grain Exchange Studio
301 W. First St., 8th floor
Ballet, Desserts & Shopping!