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February 2002

Release Date: February 12, 2002

Minnesota Ballet to Make San Angelo Debut Feb. 19

The Minnesota Ballet will bring its national reputation to San Angelo, Tuesday, Feb. 19, for a repertoire performance in the San Angelo City Auditorium.

Members of the Minnesota Ballet, one of the nation's premier traveling ballet troupes, will perform Agnes de Mille's historic work "Three Virgins and a Devil," a comic story of greed and hell, and "Rough Cut Swing," a toe-tapping take on ballet set to amazing jazz tunes.

The 7 p.m. Feb. 19 performance of the Minnesota Ballet is sponsored by Angelo State University's University Center Program Council Arts Committee. Tickets are available at the Information Desk in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont. Costs are $12 for the general public, $8 for ASU faculty/staff and children under 12, and $3 for ASU students.

Amy Horridge, assistant program director for the University Center Program Office, said, "The Minnesota Ballet and its artistic dance program can appeal to both the ballet aficionado and the ballet newcomer. That's why we thought the group would be such a good match for San Angelo."

The artistic and executive director for the Minnesota Ballet is Allen Fields, who has taken the troupe to national prominence in just a few short years. He began his dance training at the North Carolina School of Arts and was later trained at the American Ballet Theatre School in New York. Fields has studied with many of the country's finest ballet teachers and has made several international guest appearances. He performed with numerous dance companies before becoming artistic director for the Minnesota Ballet in 1992.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune writes that under Fields' direction, "The young troupe performs with diligence and deliberation."

Performances by the Minnesota Ballet have received critical plaudits as "high energy" and "delightful." The Duluth News Tribune after an October performance wrote, "The Minnesota Ballet proved again that it is not a company of dusty dances and typecast dancers. It's an ensemble of artists growing in a living and breathing art form who bring with them a passion to stretch beyond their boundaries, unafraid of new work and new ideas."

For more information, contact Horridge or Rochelle Bourg at 942-2062 or visit the University Center Program Office, Room 211 of the Houston Harte University Center.