Jewels, Jewels, Jewels

As the Pennsylvania Ballet performs Rubies from Balanchine’s evening-length Jewels at the Vail International Dance Festival, here’s a little essay I wrote for the Vail program:

Jewel Tones

George Balanchine, Mimi Paul, Violette Verdy, Patricia McBride, and Suzanne Farrell, circa 1967. Photo by Edward Pfizenmaier.
George Balanchine, Mimi Paul, Violette Verdy, Patricia McBride, and Suzanne Farrell, circa 1967. Photo by Edward Pfizenmaier.

 

 

Edward Villella, Unplugged

Edward Villella at a café in his new 'hood, Hamilton Heights. Photo by yours truly.
Edward Villella at a café in his new ‘hood, Hamilton Heights. Photo by yours truly.

Edward Villella is back in town, unbowed by his Miami City Ballet experience and ready to begin the next chapter of his life. I sat down with him recently at a café around the corner from his Hamilton Heights brownstone to talk about his life in dance, Balanchine, his experiences in Miami, and his plans for the future. You can read the interview here, in DanceTabs.