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Saint Paul City Ballet welcomes guest artists Jared Matthews and Yuriko Kajiya, soloists of the American Ballet Theatre who appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, performing the pas de deux from Don Quixote premiering Joseph Morrissey’s Poised.

Poised (FRI & SAT 8:00pm only)
Choreography: Joseph Morrissey
Music: Sylvain Chauveau
Dancers: Yuriko Kajiya & Jared Matthews, appearance courtesy of American Ballet Theatre
World Premiere: February 8, 2013

$28 Adults, $22 Seniors and Students
The Cowles Center for Performing Arts, Goodale Theater
528 Hennepin Avenue | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | Box office 612.206.3600

Stop by the bar at Murray’s just across the street from the theater following the Friday, February 8 performance to meet the choreographers, guest artists and company members from Saint Paul City Ballet. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

Jared_guestsJared Matthews
was born in Houston and received his early ballet training there under the guidance of Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome. He was awarded a full scholarship to study at North Carolina School of the Arts summer program as well as the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. While attending  American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program in 2001 as a Coca Cola Scholarship winner, he was invited to join ABT’s Studio Company. Mr. Matthews is currently being coached by David Howard.
Mr. Matthews joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2002 and as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2003. He was appointed a Soloist in August 2007. His repertoire with the Company includes Albrecht, Hilarion and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Franz in Coppélia, Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Lensky in Onegin, a Stepsister’s Escort in Cinderella, Espada in Don Quixote, Lysander in The Dream, the Turning Boy in Études, Gaston in Lady of the Camellias, Camille in The Merry Widow, Lensky in Onegin, Cassio in Othello, the Head Wrangler in Rodeo, Mercutio and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Benno and von Rothbart (Ballroom) in Swan Lake, Gurn in La Sylphide, Orion in Sylvia, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Thaïs Pas de Deux and leading roles in Black Tuesday, Brief Fling, Dark Elegies, Désir, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Duets, Gong, In the Upper Room, The Leaves Are Fading, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort, Sechs Tänze, Seven Sonatas, Sinfonietta, Some Assembly Required, Symphonic Variations, Symphony #9, Troika and workwithinwork. He created the leading roles in C. to C. (Close to Chuck), Glow-Stop, One of Three and Thirteen Diversions.
As a guest artist, Mr. Matthews has appeared with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and with both the Noriko Hara Ballet and the Kamakura Ballet Company in Japan. He has toured as a guest artist with Les Ballet GranDiva. He has also appeared in the 2008 Hopes and Prize Gala in Japan. In America he has danced with the Rochester City Ballet, Civic Ballet of Chicago, the Houston Repertoire Ballet, New England Dance Ensemble, the West Virginia Dance Festival and the 2007 and 2008 Chicago Dancing Festival. Mr. Matthews appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, performing the pas de deux from Don Quixote.
Mr. Matthews has taught technique and partnering classes for the David Howard Foundation’s A Month of Sundays program, West Virginia Dance Festival, at workshops in Yokohama, Japan and at local dance studios in the United States.

yuriko guestsBorn in Nagoya, Japan, Yuriko Kajiya began her training at the age of eight. At ten, she moved to China and became one of the first foreign students to study with and graduate from the Shanghai Ballet School on scholarship. During her stay in China, Kajiya performed many times on Chinese national television.
In 1997, at age 13, Ms. Kajiya won the Best Performance Award in the senior category at the Tao Li Bei National Ballet Competition. In 1999, she became one of the youngest finalists at the Third International Ballet Competition in Nagoya. In January 2000, she won the renowned Prix de Lausanne Scholarship which enabled her to study at the National Ballet of Canada School in Toronto.
Ms. Kajiya starred in the 2007 documentary Passion Across a Continent in Japan. She also appeared on the Tokyo Talk Show and presented the American Ballet Theatre documentary Dancers. She has performed as a guest in Japan dancing Odette in Swan Lake, Act II and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as appearing in galas at the West Virginia Dance Festival, Santa Fe Festival, Chicago Dancing Festival, the Hope and Pride Gala of Japan, New National Ballet Gala and the Prix de Lausanne. Most recently, she appeared in a 90-minute documentary entitled Yuriko: Ballerina.
Ms. Kajiya joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in September 2001. She became an apprentice with the main Company in 2002 and was promoted to the corps de ballet in June. She was appointed a Soloist with American Ballet Theatre in August 2007.
Her repertoire includes Gamzatti and first and second Shades variations in La Bayadère, Blossom in Cinderella, Gulnare and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Kitri, Amour and a Flower Girl in Don Quixote, Giselle, Zulma and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Clara and the Grand Pas de Deux in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Clara in Kevin McKenzie’s The Nutcracker, Olga in Onegin, Henrietta in Raymonda, Princess Florine, the Lilac Fairy, the Fairy of Joy and the Fairy of Fervor in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de trois, cygnets, Polish Princess and Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake, the Waltz in Les Sylphides, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and leading roles in Baker’s Dozen, Ballo della Regina, Birthday Offering, Brief Fling, Dark Elegies, Désir, Diversion of Angels, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, In the Upper Room, The Leaves Are Fading, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort, Rabbit and Rogue, Seven Sonatas, Sinfonietta and Theme and Variations. She created a leading role in Alexei Ratmansky’s Dumbarton.

Joseph guestsJoseph Morrissey (Choreographer)has danced with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, Germany, the Boston Ballet and Charleston Ballet Theatre. A graduate of the Harid Conservatory, Joseph also holds a Master of Arts degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Classical Ballet from Indiana University. In March 2011, Joseph was selected to participate in the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of the New York City Ballet where he choreographed for the advanced level students at the School of American Ballet to a commissioned score by Michael Ippolito of the Juilliard School.
In 2009 and 2010 he was invited to choreograph for the Noverre Society performances, a platform for emerging choreographers hosted by the Stuttgart Ballet in Stuttgart, Germany. Joseph has also choreographed for the School of Ballet at Jacob’s Pillow and the Ballet Festival d’Adriatico held in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. In 2007 he received the second place award at the PointeWorks Choreography Competition for his pas de deux One, which was also recognized in the 2012 nomination of SAGE award winner and Saint Paul City Ballet company member, Andrew Lester. Saint Paul City Ballet is the first company to present his original work Poised.escort out callчехол для ipad 1чехол для ipad спб