Prodigal Son: Artists

Prodigal Son: Artists

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  George Balanchine | Choreographer | Prodigal Son

George Balanchine transformed the world of ballet. He is widely regarded as the most influential choreographer of the 20th century, and he co-founded two of ballet’s most important institutions: New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet. Balanchine was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1904, studied at the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg, and danced with the Maryinsky Theatre Ballet Company, where he began choreographing short works.

In 1924, Balanchine left the newly formed Soviet Union for Europe, where he was invited by impresario Serge Diaghilev to join the Ballets Russes. For that company, Balanchine choreographed his first important ballets: Apollo (1928) and Prodigal Son (1929). After Ballets Russes was dissolved following Diaghilev’s death in 1929, Balanchine spent his next few years on a variety of projects in Europe and then formed his own company, Les Ballets 1933 in Paris. There, he met American arts connoisseur Lincoln Kirstein, who persuaded him to come to the United States. In 1934, the pair founded the School of American Ballet, which remains in operation to this day, training students for companies around the world. Balanchine’s first ballet in the U.S., Serenade, set to music by Tchaikovsky, was created for SAB students and premiered June 9, 1934, on the grounds of an estate in White Plains.

Balanchine and Kirstein founded several short-lived ballet companies before forming Ballet Society in 1946, which was renamed New York City Ballet in 1948. Balanchine served as the Company’s ballet master from that year until his death in 1983, building it into one of the most important performing arts institutions in the world, and a cornerstone of the cultural life of New York City. He choreographed 425 works over the course of 60-plus years, and his musical choices ranged from Tchaikovsky (one of his favorite composers) to Stravinsky (his compatriot and friend) to Gershwin (who embodied the choreographer’s love of America). Many of Balanchine’s works are considered masterpieces and are performed by ballet companies all over the world.
 Biography provided courtesy of New York City Ballet.

Photography: Ewa Krasucka
Paul Boos | Repetiteur | Prodigal Son

Born in Sioux Falls, SD, Mr. Boos relocated himself to NY at 15 to study on full scholarship at the Harkness House. Following this, he studied on scholarship at the American Ballet Theater School, and finally the School of American Ballet. It was at SAB, while working extensively with both George Balanchine in his Symphony in C and with Jerome Robbins in his Dances at a Gathering for the school’s workshop that Mr. Boos was asked to join New York City Ballet at the age of 18.

Mr. Boos went on to dance with NYCB for 13 years before launching into the international scene as a guest teacher, initially with the Royal Danish Ballet where he taught for 3 years.  In 1992, Mr. Boos was entrusted by the George Balanchine Trust to represent it staging ballets abroad, notably Prodigal Son at the Maryinsky, Paris Opera, and La Scala Theaters.

This is Mr. Boos first collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet.

 Devon Carney | Choreographer | Concerto #4

Mr. Carney currently serves as Associate Artistic Director of Cincinnati Ballet and has been with the company since 2003. He has had the opportunity to work closely with choreographers Donald Byrd, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Jorma Elo, Victor Kabanieav, Trey McIntyre, Donald McKayle, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Kirk Peterson and others during this time and has choreographed and staged a number of full-productions for the company, including The Sleeping Beauty, and currently Giselle and The Steadfast Tin Soldier for the 2011-12 season.
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Alejandro Cerrudo | Choreographer | Extremely Close

Alejandro Cerrudo was born in Madrid, Spain and trained at the Real Con servatorio Professional de Danza de Madrid. His professional career began in 1998 and includes work with Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and, since 2005, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2008, Cerrudo was named Hubbard Street Choreographic Fellow and became the company’s first Resident Choreographer in 2009. His 11 works to date choreographed at Hubbard Street include unique collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Nederlands Dans Theater. These pieces and additional commissions are in repertory at companies in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia and around the United States. Always dancing and constantly creating, Cerrudo was honored in 2011 with an award from the Boomerang Fund for Artists. In 2012, he received a Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work from the Prince Charitable Trusts, for his first full-length work, One Thousand Pieces.

Tobin Del Cuore | Repetiteur | Extremely Close

Tobin Del Cuore started dancing and choreographing at the age of twelve in the small town of Norway, Maine. At sixteen he began his ballet training at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts. Two years later was accepted to the Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Upon graduating, Del Cuore joined the artists of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.  First a member of Hubbard Street 2, Del Cuore moved up to the main company in 2003.

While at HSDC, Del Cuore developed a close working relationship with resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo and since leaving the company in 2007, has staged Cerrudo's work around the world.

Del Cuore has most recently danced with the Aszure Barton & Artists, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Philadelphia’s BalletX and Norwegian Cruise Lines.  He choreographs and is also an accomplished video artist, having made video works for numerous organizations in Chicago and beyond.

Carmon DeLeone | Music Director

Carmon DeLeone, Music Director of The Cincinnati Ballet, The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and The Middletown (OH) Symphony, possesses an impressive list of accomplishments. At New York's Carnegie Hall, he has served as Conductor and Host of the Family Concert Series. He has conducted frequent performances in Europe with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra; and has been named the Illinois "Music Director of the Year." [Read more]


Edward Villella | Coach | Prodigal Son
Founding Artistic Director, Miami City Ballet (1985 to 2012)
Former Chairman of Faculty, Miami City Ballet School (1992 to 2012)
Long before there was a Miami City Ballet, Eddie Villella – he hadn’t yet graduated to “Edward” – had been recognized as the greatest male ballet dancer ever produced in America.  And his primacy hasn’t been challenged in the thirty-seven years since his dancing career came to a premature end. 

Villella showed that a tough brash kid out of Maritime College could turn into a major artist, and in doing so, changed the way men danced in America as well as the way male dancers were perceived.

Since 1985, he had focused his talent, his intelligence, and his energy on creating and maintaining a world-famous ballet company in South Florida. Miami City Ballet achieved world-acclaim thanks to his vision. Villella left Miami City Ballet on September 4, 2012 and moved back to his hometown of New York City. 

In recognition of his achievements, President Clinton presented Mr. Villella with 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. In 2009, he was elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Edward Villella was born in Bayside, New York in 1936. He entered the School of American Ballet at age ten but interrupted his dance training to complete academic studies.  A graduate of the New York Maritime Academy, he obtained a B.S. in marine transportation, lettered in baseball, and was a championship boxer.

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