Indiana University Ballet Tickets
The Indiana University ballet dance program is among the most prestigious dance-related arts programs in the United States. Part of the university’s musical conservatory, the program is also one of the biggest ones of its kind in the entire country. It is currently regarded as one of America’s premier destinations for formal instruction in classical dance, and is considered to be at the cutting-edge in the advancement of the discipline. Indiana University’s ballet dance program has staged some of the most renowned productions of the previous decade and is revered among critics and dance enthusiasts alike. And, with an exciting line-up of upcoming events, Indiana University ballet tickets are sure to be in high demand.
The ballet program was established in the early 1920s along with the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University’s own musical conservatory. The latter was initially known as Indiana University School of Music and was only somewhat recently renamed.
The School is known for its long and illustrious history as one of America’s greatest music-oriented institutions. It has staged such prominent operas as Aïda by Verdi and Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni, to name just a few. The school is also renowned for being the institution that world-renowned composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein took up a two month residency at, in 1982, to work on his final opera. The production, titled A Quiet Place, was led to a show that was, in Bernstein’s own words, “one of the greatest concerts” of his career.
Presently, the Jacobs School of Music stages hundreds productions of some of the most highly regarded operas in the world. These include Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon, which tells the classic fairytale of Cinderella, reimagined in the form of a grand opera. Another prominent opera that the school has performed is Don Giovanni by none other than the timeless musical wunderkind Mozart. The performances of both shows display the Jacobs school at its best and include music, singing, and, of course, dancing.
Closely linked to the opera department is the Indiana University ballet dance program, which has been part of most of the major opera productions that school has staged. Beginning in 1941, when the program hosted appearances by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, the program has been one of the best in the country. The program is also widely known to offer rigorous formal instruction in the art of ballet, whilst also offering enrolled students to work toward a bachelor's degree, in a discipline of their choice.
The program also benefits from some of the best ballet teachers in the world. The faculty consists of such notable figures as Violet Verdy, who holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Ballet. Essentially a head of the program, Verdi is known all over the globe as the main ballerina in the New York City Ballet for two decades. A director of numerous dance companies, both at present and in the past, Verdi has been awarded such honors as the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur. The latter is the highest decoration in any field in Verdy’s native France. She also won the 2011 Jerome Robbins Award.
Another luminary from the ballet program’s faculty is Guo Ping Wang, a former dancer in the Shanghai Ballet Company, Ballet Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicag. Known for being one of the best dancers of his generation, Wang is a recipient of the Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Dance Achievement.
Given its amazing faculty, it comes as no surprise that, since its inception, the Indiana University ballet dance program has been just as accomplished as all its counterparts in the Jacobs school. It has staged critically acclaimed performances of ballets like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. The program has produced dancers that have won such accolades as the JoAnn Athanas Memorial Award, the Marina Svetlova Memorial Award in Dance as well as many chairs for the NSAL competitions. The program’s production of Twyla Tharp Sweet Fields received glowing reviews, with one critic commenting that the dancers display “the gentle, reverential side of Tharp’s canon.” The critic further added that, accompanied by the music, the overall experience allowed “for the blending of innocence with sophistication, airiness and earthiness.”
Now, the Indiana University ballet dance program is considered to be one the best in the country. Its performances are attended by many eager fans, as its upcoming line-up of events are sure to have similar turn-outs. Indiana University ballet dance tickets are up for grabs for all these performances.
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