Italian Ballet Troupe Aterballetto Comes to the Center for the Arts

Posted: October 20, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am


Since Aterballetto’s founding in 1979 as Italy’s first permanent ballet-producing body (apart from opera house companies), the ensemble has built an impressive repertoire, including works created by Alvin Ailey, Lucinda Childs, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian and many more.

Aterballetto makes its Center for the Arts Concert Hall debut Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m.

Mauro Bigonzetti, appointed artistic director of Aterballetto in 1997, has been with the company since the 1982-83 season, dancing in works by Alvin Ailey, Jennifer Muller and Amedeo Amodio, among others. Initially, Bigonzetti set out to mold the company into one that could follow his “stylistic and choreographic tastes” by developing new repertory designed to make Aterballetto easily recognizable.

It is the troupe’s unique “Italian style” (the company defines it as the skill to move deftly from classical music to pop, and from Balanchine to Ailey) that sets it apart in today’s contemporary dance world.

The company also holds performance rights to works by Maurice Bejart, Kenneth McMillan, George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, David Parsons and others. As Dance magazine asserts of Bigonzetti’s successes since assuming the artistic director role, “No other choreographer – classical or modern – has attracted such attention and acclaim.”

An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $44, $36 and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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