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Indianapolis City Ballet’s “Evening With the Stars,” Sept. 8

Herman Cornejo

Herman Cornejo. Photo credit: Gene Schiavone. Provided by the Indianapolis City Ballet and used with written permission.

By Jordan Bishop
On behalf of the Indianapolis City Ballet

Indianapolis will become home to world-class ballet once again and a fair amount of intrigue this week when principal dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Washington Ballet and more join the Indianapolis City Ballet’s Evening With the Stars. The performance is Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at 8 p.m., live on stage at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre.

The performance includes signature works from classical, neo-classical and cutting-edge contemporary ballets – previous crowd favorites and new works as well as a few surprises. A newly commissioned work featuring the music of Indiana’s Cole Porter by renowned choreographer Margo Sappington will debut. Tickets are on sale now with information below.

A sampling of the caliber of dancers guests will see and the fascinating stories behind them:

  • Julie Kent, Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, and Jose Manuel Carreno, former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and current International Guest Artist, are two of the foremost ballet dancers in the world. After retiring from American Ballet Theatre in 2010, Carreno has returned to dancing, and is better than ever. Kent was handpicked by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre and is arguably the greatest American ballerina of her generation.
  • Wendy Whelan is a star of the ballet world around whom several of the most important contemporary ballet works of the last 20 years were created. The first star to emerge in New York City Ballet after George Balanchine’s death and one of the few remaining to have worked on stage with Balanchine’s muses, Whelan is a chameleon who can transform from classical to contemporary works seamlessly and extraordinarily.
  • Argentinian Herman Cornejo (see photo above) took the gold medal at the VIII International Dance Competition in Moscow in 1997 at just age 16, the youngest winner in the event’s history. This was one of many awards Cornejo earned as a young dancer: the 2000 Peace Messenger prize from UNESCO, the 2005 nomination for best dancer for the Benois de la Danse and, in 2010, the Mr. Expressivity prize at the 9th International Ballet Festival “Dance Open” in St. Petersburg. It was the beginning of a series of promotions, first to principal dancer with Ballet Argentino, then to soloist (2000) and now to Principal Dancer (2003) with the American Ballet Theatre. He makes guest appearances around the world.
  • Brooklyn Mack of Elgin, S.C., is a Principal dancer with Washington ballet. He enrolled in a ballet class at age 12 to improve his football skills – and he was hooked. He recently won gold at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, one of the few Americans to win gold there and the first African-American to do so. This win comes on the heels of gold medals in the Istanbul and Boston International Ballet Competitions. From classical to contemporary, his technical skills and stage presence know no bounds.
  • Misty Copeland is using the tremendous power and beauty in her 5’2″ frame to change the way people think about African-American ballerinas. A soloist at American Ballet Theatre, she caught the attention of renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky to create his restaging of the famous The Firebird ballet around her this year. She also seems to have caught the attention of rock legend Prince, appearing in his 2009 “Crimson and Clover” music video and onstage in a Madison Square Garden appearance – dating rumors continue to fly.
  • Ukrainian ballet dancers who met as kids, Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky have ascended to become senior principal dancers with American Ballet Theatre, and celebrated artists with companies and in the major theaters of America, Europe, Asia and beyond. This married couple with a child is likely the most glamorous in the ballet world with numerous fashion contracts and fashionable appearances.
  • 12-year-old Demitra Bereveskos, an international prizewinner who is from Indianapolis, Ind., already has experience in the competition and gala circuit. “Discovered” at an Indianapolis City Ballet Master Class by former Bolshoi Ballet and New York City Ballet principal dancer Valentina Kozlova, she was given a scholarship to study with Ms. Kozlova in New York City. She continues to work with teachers in Indianapolis and commutes to New York for periodic classes and coaching.

A list* of the other extraordinary artists includes:

American Ballet Theatre:

  • Alexandre Hammoudi, Soloist
  • Thomas Forster, Corps de ballet
  • Vitali Krauchenka, Corps de ballet
  • Leann Underwood, Corps de ballet
  • Roman Zhurbin, Corps de ballet


Kristie Latham, Soloist

Birmingham Royal Ballet:

  • Momoko Hirata, First Soloist 

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo:

  • Paul Ghiselin, Principal

New York City Ballet:

  • Craig Hall, Soloist

The Royal Ballet:

  • Aaron Smyth, Artist


Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory of New York:

  • Veronika Verterich

NYU/Tisch School of the Arts:

  • Bailey Moon

Master of Ceremonies: Chris Stack

*The artist line-up is still being finalized; check http://www.indianapoliscityballet.org/ for updates.


Tickets are on sale now, including Patron level seats (Gold, Silver and Bronze, please visit http://www.indianapoliscityballet.org/ to purchase). For general reserved seating, please visit the Old National Centre Box Office, call 800-745-3000 or order online at www.LiveNation.com 

Gold Patron Tickets

$1,000 per person ($840 may be tax-deductible) includes:

  • Performance tickets in Gold-Level seating
  • Complimentary VIP reserved parking in front of theatre
  • Gala reception following the performance
  • Listing in the souvenir program book as a Gold Sponsor
  • Invitation to attend a special VIP reception in the weeks preceding the performance 

Silver Patron Tickets

$500 per person ($340 may be tax-deductible) includes:

  • Same benefits as above, but at the Silver level 

Bronze Patron Tickets

$250 per person ($115 may be tax-deductible) includes:

  • Performance tickets in Bronze-level seating
  • Complimentary VIP reserved parking in front of theatre
  • Attend the gala reception following the performance
  • Listing in the souvenir program book as a Bronze Sponsor 

General Reserved Seating

$70, $50, $35 (plus all applicable box office fees)

The Old National Centre is located at 502 North New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Editor’s Acknowledgment: Bohlsen Group.

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