Performance of 'Giselle' marks retirement of USA
Ballet's director, Dr. Ken Bello
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[March 15, 2007]
BLOOMINGTON -- Don't miss USA Ballet's final
performance of this season, March 25 at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall at Illinois
Wesleyan University. To conclude the 2006-07 season, USA Ballet will perform
excerpts from the timeless classic "Giselle," blossom in dazzling patterns in "Chopiniana"
and illuminate the stage with exhilarating contemporary movement in the "jazz
and blues" set theme of "Slide Me Some Skin" (an old-time saying for "Give me
This performance also marks the retirement of Dr. Ken Bello,
principal artist and former director of USA Ballet. Dancing for over
30 years in both Europe and America, Bello's clarity, precision and
expertise in the art of pas de deux have placed him alongside Anton
Dolin, the principal artist considered the greatest partner of all
Bello's lineage comes from the Maryinsky Theatre in St.
Petersburg, Russia, four generations ago, where his ancestors danced
for the great Marius Petipa. Bello has partnered principal
ballerinas from some of the world's leading companies, including the
Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Ballet de Marseilles of
France, but his favorite ballerina to partner is his wife of 19
years, Michelle Holmes-Bello.
To acknowledge Bello's farewell from the stage, a free reception
will follow the performance.
For tickets and other information, please contact USA Ballet at
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