Robert Hesse, Chairman of the Board of the Indianapolis City Ballet announced today that the organization will form a company which will make its debut sometime in 2012.
Following five years of preparation and two highly successful “Evening with the Stars” galas behind it, Hesse says, “We have moved quickly and with a strategic build-up that continues today and gives us confidence that we will succeed in employing a professional company of dancers to rehearse and perform in Indianapolis next year.”
The ICB’s strategy has included the creation of an education plan which has included a Masters Class program which pairs professional dancers with young students in area schools; the creation of the Young Stars of Ballet program which connects Indianapolis with emerging international talents in ballet; and the establishment of the Youth America Grand Prix regional competition here as well.
ICB outreach initiatives have included the presentation of a ballet photography retrospective that reached thousands of ballet students and the production of videos that have been posted free online to an international dance audience.
According to ICB Vice Chair, Jane Fortune, the enthusiastic response received from the community as a result of these programs was further proof for the organization that the time was ripe for the formation of a company. “The strategies used to prepare for this, and the feedback from its varied and diverse constituencies, led IBC to move ahead. We have set a very high standard and are honored and pleased with the support that has come forth.”
Sensitive to those reluctant about supporting a professional ballet company ever since the demise of the former Ballet Internationale, the city’s last professional ballet company (which folded in 2005 after declaring bankruptcy), the ICB is determined to establish its credibility, says founding board member and Treasurer Joseph Blakley. “When we started ICB, the climate was cautious and the public seemed not terribly optimistic about the future—that started to change shortly after the curtain rose September 12, 2009. Now with sustained quality and stability, we need to continue to cultivate the trust we have been given.”
Gratified that the community has embraced ICB, and hoping to exceed expectations, Executive Director Kevin Hesse says, “We are enthusiastic about the prospects of displaying repertoire with greater depth than you find in a five or eight minute gala program. We look forward to having dancers in a studio in Indianapolis for an extended period of time, thus opening the possibilities of much larger-scale in-studio educational opportunities and of displaying repertoire both new and cutting edge as well as classical and dynamic pieces that show the greatest this art form as to offer.”
For more info about Indianapolis City Ballet go online to www.IndianapolisCityBallet.org or call 317.339.1413 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 317.339.1413 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.