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JULY 23 & 24
The work of Peruvian—born choreographer Jimmy Gamonet De Los Heros (pictured) is becoming synonymous with the Miami City Ballet, and together they are bringing a chic, electric, Latino energy to the all too often narcoleptic ballet scene. The world premiere of Gamonet’s highly touted epic, The Big Band: Supermegatroid was commissioned exclusively for Wolf Trap. (It is his 24th ballet for the company.) Supermegatroid is the choreographer’s high-voltage take on popular social dances and music of the ’30s and ’40s. “Supermegatroid was born because we were enthusiastic about the energy of the dancing of this period,” says Gamonet. “One of the initiatives of being in this company is to bring something fresh into classicism….We respect the past and look forward to making fusions between different dance idioms.” At the same time, Miami City Ballet has a neoclassical bent, and a devotion to keeping the work of 20th-century master George Balanchine alive. That dedication is the work of artistic director Edward Villella. A former principal with the New York City Ballet, Villella can also be credited with bringing international attention to a dance troupe from South Florida, a region known more for its Rollerblading, beach volleyball, and other skin-strutting activities than the virtuosity of high culture. Also on the program are Paul Taylor’s Company B, set to the music of the Andrews Sisters, and Balanchine’s Who Cares? At 8:15 p.m. at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1624 Trap Rd., Vienna. $8-26. (703) 218-6500. (Nora FitzGerald)