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Feb 8, 2014
An intrinsic part of the country's national heritage, Royal New Zealand Ballet’s first Minnesota performance features Benjamin Millepied’s (newly named Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet) feverish 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini. The dancers reflect the subtly shifting moods of Brahms’ equally frenetic score. Venezuelan provocateur Javier de Frutos sets the heart pounding with Banderillero, a colorful and energetic dance named for the bullfighter. The pas de deux from Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel’s brand new piece Bier Halle is a spirited and classically romantic piece inspired by a Bavarian beer hall.