Dec. 9, 2011/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULIE KENT — ONE OF WORLD’S LEADING DANCERS — TO BE
Ana Sophia Scheller Withdraws Due to Family Illness
WINSTON-SALEM – Guest artist Julie Kent
— a prima ballerina whose career with
the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) has
spanned 25 years and dozens of principal
roles — will dance the role of the Sugar
Plum Fairy at the Saturday, December 10
at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at
2 p.m. performances of the University of
North Carolina School of the Arts’
Kent (Principal, ABT) will be joined in
the performances by guest artist Gonzalo
Garcia (Principal, New York City
Ballet), who has performed with
Thanks to its unique partnership with
UNCSA Executive Producer Katharine
Laidlaw explained, “ABT is in residence
“For many, Julie Kent is the most
beloved ballerina of her generation,”
Gonzalo Garcia is widely regarded as a
rising star and one of today’s finest
young dancers. The pairing of Julie and
Gonzalo is an extraordinary event for
New York Times once wrote of her, “Ms.
“We would not have one of the world’s prima ballerinas dancing in our Nutcracker if not for this extraordinary partnership with ABT,” Chancellor Mauceri said. “It is a true testament to the importance of this historic and transformative collaboration.”
This summer, ABT and UNCSA announced plans for a
five-year partnership, starting fall 2011, which will
implement ABT’s National Training Curriculum throughout
the UNCSA School of Dance preparatory, high school and
collegiate divisions and make UNCSA’s campus a second
home for ABT’s
Sponsorship of guest artists of The Nutcracker has been provided by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Thomas S. Kenan III, Wells Fargo, Alex C. Ewing, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Henderson, and an anonymous donor.
ABOUT JULIE KENT
Julie Kent began her dance training with Hortensia
Fonseca at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet. She
attended the American Ballet Theatre II Summer session
ABOUT GONZALO GARCIA
Garcia is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet
(NYCB). Born in
ABOUT UNCSA’S THE NUTCRACKER
Douglas Gawriljuk, a faculty member of the UNCSA School of Dance, will supervise the 2011 production of The Nutcracker. Gawriljuk will be assisted by his colleagues Warren Conover, Dayna Fox and Susan McCullough of the UNCSA School of Dance. The immensely popular Tchaikovsky Nutcracker ballet music will be performed by the UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra under the musical direction of special guest conductor Charles Barker, who is the Principal Conductor for the renowned ABT. Three members of the UNCSA School of Dance faculty — Nigel Burley, Warren Conover and Susan McCullough — worked with former School of Dance Dean Ethan Stiefel on the new choreography for The Nutcracker. Lighting for The Nutcracker is by ABT Resident Lighting Designer and UNCSA School of Design & Production alumnus Brad Fields, and set pieces were designed by UNCSA Design & Production faculty member Howard Jones. New costumes were designed by Kathryn E. Grillo and Carolyn Fay, staff at the UNCSA Dance Costume Shop.
The full performance schedule for the UNCSA production of The Nutcracker is: Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Ticket prices are: Prime Orchestra, $66; Orchestra Center, $50 for adults and $35 for children 13 and under; Orchestra Sides and Front Balcony, $45 for adults and $30 for children 13 and under; Center Balcony, $33 for adults and $24 for children 13 and under; Rear Balcony, $25 for adults and $20 for children 13 and under. For the best deal in town take advantage of the great prices on The Nutcracker “Family Four Pack” for the evening performances on Thursday, Dec. 15, Friday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 18: $130 for Orchestra Side/Front Balcony and $95 for Center Balcony.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.
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