Barcelona Ballet (formerly known as Corella Ballet) returns to New York City Center April 17 – 20 for a second engagement following several U.S. tours. Artistic Director Ángel Corella will dance with his company in the world premiere of Pálpito, a full-company ballet by Ángel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez. The program also features Clark Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto and Christopher Wheeldon's For 4.
"2012 comes with an exciting change for my company," Corella said, "something that I have been working on since the creation of the Ángel Corella Foundation in 2001: the establishment of Spain's only classical ballet company in Barcelona. With this move comes a new name for the company, Barcelona Ballet. The company is the same only it now has a new home and a new name. I created the company for the dancers and the audiences of Spain and not for myself, so I think it fitting that the company take on the name of one of the greatest cities in the world. All major European cities have a classical ballet company: Paris, London, Berlin and now Barcelona."
THE 2012 BARCELONA BALLET SEASONAT City Center:
Pálpito, by Ãngel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez, (world premiere) is a full-company classical ballet that integrates classical ballet and traditional Spanish dance, with original musical composition by Héctor Gonzalez.
Ángel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez, Artistic Directors of Nuevo Ballet Español. won first place at the Spanish annual dance and flamenco choreography awards in 1994 when they were still teenagers. Two years later, the duo established Nuevo Ballet Español to keep the traditions of flamenco alive into the 21st century. Since that time, the company has toured four continents and performed to sold-out houses.
Clark Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto (1987) combines drama, complex choreography and duets of great athleticism, featuring seven Principal Dancers and a Corps of 16.
Clark Tippet (1955–1992), a dancer and choreographer, was a member of the American Ballet Theatre from 1972 to 1978, during which time he was promoted to Soloist in 1975 and Principal Dancer in 1976. He choreographed his first piece, Enough Said, in 1986. During his choreographic career Tippet choreographed five ballets for ABT and other works for Pacific Northwest Ballet and Kansas City Ballet.