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    UAPresents hosts Joffrey Ballet

    UApresents will host the Joffrey Ballet at 7 p.m. Sunday in Centennial Hall.

    The Joffrey Ballet is based in Chicago and the company consists of over 40 dancers.

    Since its formation in 1956, the Joffrey Ballet was the first dance company to perform at the White House, the first American company to tour the former Soviet Union and among the first dance companies to be featured in the PBS series “”Dance in America,”” said Mario DiVetta, the marketing and publicity manager for UApresents. The company was also one of the first to embrace modern dance ballets.

    The show will feature three different dances: “”Cloven Kingdom, “”Age of Innocence”” and “” … smile with my heart.””

    “”Cloven Kingdom,”” choreographed by Paul Taylor, shows two sides of a party: the formal dance, in which the men are dressed in tuxedos and the women are in dress, and a party that has been overrun by unruly guests, where the men act like animals and the women run around in a frenzy.

    “”Age of Innocence”” was created by choreographer Edwaard Liang after he read a collection of books written by Jane Austen. In the dance, he is expressing the mental process of the female in the time setting of Austen’s novels. He is trying to depict the complexities of the traditions of courting: the ballroom dancing, the limited time alone with a potential partner and the helplessness and aloneness in the situation.

    “” … smile with my heart”” began as a duet, choreographed by Lar Lubovitch as a tribute to the music of Richard Rogers. The duet was re-choreographed to become a larger tribute to Rogers.

    This production is a rare chance to see the Joffrey Ballet.

    “”The Joffery Ballet does not ordinarily tour to Arizona,”” DiVetta said. “”We’re one of only a handful of venues that is actually getting this show, so it’s the opportunity to see one of the finest ballets in the country in Tucson. It’s something that you can’t really pass up because it doesn’t happen everyday.””

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