IU Ballet: Steps In Time

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a man and a women are surrounded by a cicrle of moving and bowing dancers.

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IU 's Dancers get into focus as they prepare for "Steps In Time."

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Steps in Time

IU Fall Ballet


IU Musical Arts Center

October 7 and 8, 2011 at 8 pm

855 7433

Revolutionary American Choreographers

The Indiana University Ballet Theater opens its season with Steps in Time, ballets by three revolutionary American choreographers. Opening the program will be Concerto Barrocco, choreographed by George Balanchine to music of Bach. The concluding work will be Paul Taylor’s Company B, to music of the Andrews Sisters.

The central work is Dwight Rhoden’s Dear Frédéric, to music of Frederic Chopin played by pianist Evelyne Brancart.

I ‘Get’ Dwight

Staging Dear Frédéric is Juan-Antonio Rodriguez, a longtime associate of Rhoden’s. “I’ve worked with Dwight for about eight years. I ‘get’ Dwight, and he trusts me with his ballets. His choreography for Dear Frédéric is based on classical ballet, but with a focus on feeling. This focus leads to some transitions that dancers at first have a bit of trouble with.”

Coop, Coop?

“In Dwight’s company we have words for the moves, like ‘coop-coop,’ ‘buck’ and ‘awr…haah.’ The first week the dancers were pretty uncomfortable with these terms and the moves, but by the second week, they were starting to get them. Now they too ‘get’ Dwight Rhoden.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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