January 26, 2009
Ballet Master Class at Webster University with Adam Miller, Artistic Director of the Cirque du Soleil Production “Saltimbanco”
A Ballet Master Class with Adam Miller, artistic director of Cirque du Soleil’s “Saltimbanco,” will be presented at Webster University from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5. The class will be held in the Jean and Wells Hobler Center for Dance in the Loretto- Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road. The class is free and open to the community to observe. For more information call 246-7744.
Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco Arena Tour will stop in St. Charles at the Family Arena for a limited engagement from February 4 to 8, 2009.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.cirquedusoleil.com, or by calling at 1-800-293-5949.
Adam Miller - Artistic Director - Saltimbanco
Adam Miller trained on scholarship at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre School and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. As a child, he had the opportunity to perform with The Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. Mr. Miller began his professional career at Pennsylvania Ballet, and has been a principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hartford Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. He has danced in the works of over 40 choreographers including Rudi Van Danzig, Lew Christensen, James Kudelka, Michael Smuin, Lucinda Childs, Paul Taylor, Victoria Marks, Choo San Goh, and 20 works by George Balanchine. Mr. Miller has danced major roles in most of the full-length classical ballets, including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. He has performed as a guest artist in the USA, Asia and South America, including tours with Cynthia Gregory and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and has collaborated on special projects with Pilobolus, National Theatre of the Deaf and Christopher D’Amboise’s Off-Center Ballet.
As Director of the Ballet Project, he spent two years at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Mr. Miller has served as Associate Artistic Director for Garden State Ballet and Artistic Director of Ballet South in Savannah, Georgia. In 1999, he was appointed ballet master and later associate artistic director of Dance Connecticut where he was responsible for setting repertory and choreographing for the company. After founding Adam Miller Dance Project in 2003, Mr. Miller’s work was one of eight chosen for the Connecticut Dance Alliance’s Choreographic Preludes Project and he was a recipient of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts 2003 Artist Fellowship Award.
Adam is also the artistic director for Eastern Connecticut Ballet in East Lyme, CT. Eastern Connecticut Ballet performs his full-length Nutcracker at the Garde Performing Arts Center in New London, CT, with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. He serves on the faculty of the Hartt School, is on the board of directors of the Connecticut Dance Alliance and is Artistic Director of the Provincetown Dance Festival. Since July 2008, Adam Miller has been the artistic Director on Saltimbanco from Cirque du Soleil.