February 07, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Fugate/Bahiri BALLET NY will perform Friday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets for the dance concert are $20.

Founded in 1997 by former New York City Ballet principal ballerina Judith Fugate and international artist Medhi Bahiri, BALLET NY has toured throughout South and North America. In 1999, it made a successful debut at the Joyce Theatre, New York's renowned dance venue, and has performed several seasons there since.

"The individual dancers in this young company are spectacular," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "With some of the best of the world's dancers, the company performs works from today's leading choreographers.

"BALLET NY presents ballet of the highest quality to new and familiar audiences while providing exceptional opportunities for outstanding dancers and choreographers. Being a company of soloists, it can travel easily and perform in unusual spaces like the Weis Center, which is more a concert hall than a theatre," he said.

Members of the dance troupe and the artistic directors will hold a demonstration and open rehearsal with a meet-the-artist talk Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. on the Weis Center stage. This special opportunity is free and open to the community and campus.

Tickets for Weis Center Series performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/

The Weis Center also will host "BALLET NY dances for kids!," a special concert for families, Saturday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center. The matinee performance is free to the community through the generosity of Clayton and David Lightman and members of the Weis Center Green Room Board.

The residency and performances by BALLET NY have been funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

The 2005-06 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

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Story posted Feb. 7, 2006

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