Talis Park Spotlights Edward Villella, the Greatest American Male Dancer of All Time and Co-Founder of Miami City Ballet
NAPLES, Fla. (April 11, 2012) ─ Taking center stage on a beautiful spring day, Talis Park shined the spotlight on Edward Villella, founding artistic director of Miami City Ballet, the resident dance company for the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, at an intimate luncheon in front of the community’s obelisk - a fitting juxtaposition for a pillar in the Naples arts community.
On April 2, the private soiree, with more than 65 guests in attendance, paid tribute to Villella’s legacy as the greatest male dancer of all time and co-founder of one of the world’s most acclaimed ballet companies, Miami City Ballet.
As host of the event, TalisParkpresented Villella with a proclamation from Naples Mayor John Sorey declaring April 2nd “Edward Villella Day” in the City ofNaples. Villella, who received a standing ovation, graciously spoke of his deep affection forNaples and the city’s long history of supporting the Miami City Ballet since 1989, citing his “révérence” for local patrons’ dedication and passion for ballet.
Guests were greeted at the tented event set near the future site of the Vyne House club house inTalisParkwith hibiscus-adorned flutes with champagne, a saxophonist and gorgeous flower arrangements of hydrangeas and tulips. A three-course meal by CaterMasters, featuring gourmet cheeses, chilled mixed-berry yogurt soup, arugula and watermelon beef tenderloin salad and spring fruit compote, offered a rich culinary palette, with tables of fuchsia and white décor that created a colorful springtime ambience to end the Naples’ season on a high note.
Milton Flinn, Talis Park Chief Operating Officer, welcomedTalisParkresidents and special guests, including Miami City Ballet Executive Director, Nicholas Goldsborough andPhilharmonicCenterfor the Arts Executive Director of Programming and Production, Naomi Buck, who shared remarks about Villella’s imprint onNaplesand the dance world.TalisPark, then presented a donation to Miami City Ballet’s toe shoe fund in Villella’s honor.
“Edward is a visionary who played a significant role in definingNaples’ arts community today,” said Flinn. “The arts are an integral part of what makesNaplesa special place to live and supporting them is extremely important toTalisPark. Miami City Ballet has provided residents and visitors with world-class ballet that has enhanced theGulfCoast’s vibrant cultural scene.”
A living legend, Villella’s illustrious career spans five decades. He was presented with the 1997 National Medal of Arts by President Clinton and his portrait hangs in the National Gallery. As former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Villella was the original male lead in many important ballets in the Company’s repertoire, among them Tarantella, the “Rubies” section of Jewels, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Symphony in Three Movements, Bugaku, Dances at a Gathering and Watermill. He was the only American ever to be asked to dance an encore at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
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About Miami City Ballet
Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, MCB was founded in 1985 by Artistic Director Edward Villella. The Company has more than 40 dancers, and a repertoire of over 90 ballets which they perform in the four home counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Collier, and around the world. MCB maintains its headquarters in Miami Beach in a facility designed by renowned architectural firm Arquitectonica. The facility houses rehearsal studios and administrative offices as well as the Company’s school: Miami City Ballet School. For more information on Miami City Ballet or to purchase tickets, call 305.929.7010, toll-free 877-929-7010 or visit www.miamicityballet.org. You can also join the Company on Facebook, follow the Company on Twitter and subscribe to the MCB Blog.
Philharmonic Center for the Arts
The PhilharmonicCenterfor the Arts is the premier arts center in Southwest Florida, hosting more than 400 events a year including world-class theater, dance, classical and popular music. The Phil is also home to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the West Coast Florida home to Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, which presents a series of three programs each season as well as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Also on thePhilharmonicCenter campus is the three-story Naples Museum of Art,Southwest Florida’s only full-scale art museum. ThePhilharmonicCenter for the Arts opened on November 3, 1989.
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