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Miami City Ballet’s Twyla Tharp/Elvis Costello World Premiere Named NIGHTSPOT


Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet announces the name of the Twyla Tharp/Elvis Costello World Premiere. The new work is called NIGHTSPOT.

Why?.., we invite you to find out on March 28, 2008 when the new ballet shows at Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, March 28-30. 2008, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in Palm Beach, April 4-6, 2008 and April 11-13. 2008 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. NIGHTSPOT will be on Program IV of Miami City Ballet’s 2007-2008 season.

Although MCB is not releasing details on what NIGHTSPOT exactly means, both Tharp and Costello collaborated on the name and it reflects thematic elements found within the dance and within the music for the piece.

“I am always very divulging about what the ballets we perform mean,’ said Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director of MCB. “But, this time, I think it would be nice for people to come see this new work with no preconceived notions. A little mystery can be fun, and with such great collaborators as Tharp and Costello, I think audiences are going to be thoroughly entertained.” he added.

NIGHTSPOT is Miami City Ballet’s first major commission and involves two of the most celebrated and sought-after artists of our time. Twyla Tharp has created some of the most memorable and innovative dances in the modem repertory, including Nine Sinatra Songs, Deuce Coupe, Push Comes to Shove, and In The Upper Room. She has also worked extensively on Broadway and in Hollywood, choreographing and directing the Tony Award-winning dance musical Movin’ Out, set to the music of Billy Joel, and creating the choreography for the movies Hair and Amadeus, among others. This commission is Tharp’s first major work for a ballet company in five years.

For it, she has joined forces with Elvis Costello who is providing an original musical composition. Costello’s musical curiosity is expansive: besides rock and roll, it ranges from classical to jazz to country. His musical interests have led him into acclaimed collaborations with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, mezzo-soprano Sofie von Otter, and Allen Toussaint, among others.

Tharp is creating her ballet on 18 MCB dancers, and Costello’s composition, which features new music intertwined with various motifs and quotations from existing songs, is being written for a nine-piece onstage dance band and a thirty-two piece orchestra in the pit.

Isaac Mizrahi, one of the world’s most famous fashion designers, will create the costumes.

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Miami City Ballet press release, November 1, 2007


Press release for Miami City Ballet production of Nightspot, choreographed by Twyla Tharp, music by Elvis Costello.


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