Indianapolis City Ballet will host their gala event in Indianapolis, “An Evening with the Stars,” on September 12 at the Murat Centre in Indianapolis downtown. The performance on Saturday, September 12 at the Murat Theatre begins at 8:00 p.m.
Robert Hesse, chairman of Indianapolis City Ballet, invites the people of Indianapolis to come and enjoy a beautiful evening of Indianapolis performing arts. In Hesse’s words, “These professional dancers are among the most brilliant stars of today.”
The following distinguished guest artists are set to perform in the Indianapolis gala:
Alicia Amatriain – Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, who is now considered one of “the most exciting and important dancers in Europe”
Joaquin De Luz – Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet from Spain, who won the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow in early June, ballet’s equivalent of an Academy Award.
David Hallberg – Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre, considered to be one of the biggest new American stars in ballet.
Julie Kent – Principal Dancer, one of the last ballerinas chosen by Mikhail Baryshnikov for American Ballet Theatre and an international star for many years, She is perhaps most widely recognized for featured roles in two major popular films – Dancers and Center Stage.
Sarah Lane – Soloist with American Ballet Theatre, in her early 20’s, she is quickly rising through the ballet ranks and receiving rave reviews in the press.
Anastasia Matvienko – Principal Dancer with the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, coming from the prestigious Mariinsky Theatre, and her husband, Denis Matvienko – Principal Dancer with the Kirov Ballet,
Tiler Peck – A young Soloist with the New York City Ballet, she is a fast rising star who most recently received accolades in a New York Times feature on June 13 that compared her to former stars Alexandra Danilova and Patricia McBride..
Miguel Quinones – with the Parsons Dance Company since 2005, started dancing at age seven, studied at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and is known for his amazing leaps.
Jason Reilly – Principal Dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet, his explosive high energy and blend of new and old is very exciting. He was lured back to his home by the National Ballet of Canada where he’ll start in the Fall.
Gennadi Saveliev – Soloist with American Ballet Theatre, previously danced with the Bolshoi Ballet and is the recipient of a silver medal from the prestigious New York International Ballet Competition.
Artistic Chairman John Meehan is thrilled with the dancers who want to help bring back an enduring professional ballet presence to Indianapolis arts. “The evening will showcase the technique and artistry of these stunning, international guest artists and the imagination and creativity of some of the world’s finest choreographers, in line with the evening’s emphasis on neo-classical and contemporary ballet.”
You do not want to miss “An Evening with the Stars.” What producer of the event Kevin Hesse notes, “will put Indianapolis culture back on the international cultural dance scene and unite the internationally recognized guest artists in a gala-style evening of dance surprises with ballet performances from classical to contemporary for all to enjoy.”
Make an evening of it by visiting the nearby Mass Ave cultural district, taking advantage of great Indianapolis restaurants, and soaking up some culture at the many Indianapolis bars that make Indianapolis nightlife great.
General admission tickets for “An Evening with the Stars” are available at through the Murat or via telephone at 1-877-598-8703. General admission seats are $65, $45 and $25. Reduced price, group sales (10 or more tickets) are also available. For group seating, please call 317-339-1413.
For more information about the dancers, to see their photos or to read about the program, visit the Indianapolis City Ballet’s web site.