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Oct. 23, 2006

Miami City Ballet Performs 'Don Quixote' Nov. 10 In Hancher

The Miami City Ballet, the company founded and directed by legendary American ballet star Edward Villella, will perform "Don Quixote" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium.

The flavors of South Florida will be featured in a 6 p.m. pre-performance dinner. A limited number of dinner tickets remain, and reservations must be made in advance. The Hancher Cafe will open at 5:30 p.m.

For more than 400 years, Cervantes' novel about the pathetic but loveable windmill-tilting man from La Mancha has inspired major works of art, plays and ballets, and recently films as well. The book tells the tale of a man who has read so many stories about brave errant knights that in a half-mad state he imagines himself to be a knight and sets out to fight injustice in the name of his beloved Dulcinea.

The Miami City Ballet production is based on the classical choreography of Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky to music by Leon Minkus, premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet in 1869 and revived in 1900, with the addition of some lively modern enhancements.

"Don Quixote" is one of the largest productions ever performed by Miami City Ballet, featuring nearly 50 dancers.

Villella -- certainly America's most celebrated male dancer -- did much to popularize the role of the male in dance through his virile persona and performance style as the first American-born male star of the New York City Ballet. Offstage he has been as influential, accepting the role of founding artistic director of Miami City Ballet in 1985 and quickly leading the company to international prominence.

In recognition of his achievements, President Clinton presented to Villella the 1997 National Medal of Arts. Also in 1997 he was named a Kennedy Center Honoree, and was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

Under his leadership the Miami City Ballet has become one of the largest ballet companies in the United States, with more than 50 dancers. The company's repertoire includes nearly 100 ballets, including a dozen world premieres. When this season's tour is completed, the Miami City Ballet will have danced in more than 100 U.S. cities.

Internationally, the company has performed in Europe, Great Britain, South America, Central America and Israel, including major dance festivals in Europe and Latin America.

The Miami City Ballet performance of "Don Quixote" in Hancher is supported by Alicia Brown-Matthes and William Matthes; and Mark and Leslie Nolte, Nolte Academy of Dance, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $50/46/42; UI student $45/15; senior citizen $45/41.40/37.80; youth $35/32.20/29.40. Discounted concert tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15-percent discount.

Dinner tickets are $26.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

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