Media City Ballet’s AXIS MUNDI, A Global Multi-Cultural Celebration of Ballet Dance Aug. 12 at the Ford Amphitheatre


From l, Lukash Abrahamyan (Russian Sea Captain) and April Mcleod (Tai Hoa) in the “Adagio” from Media City Ballet’s presentation of “The Red Poppy” with music by Rheingold Glihre.

“Audiences will be getting a lot, and there’s something for everyone with the multi-cultural celebration of dance performed by the Media City Ballet,” promises Natasha Middleton, artistic director of the ballet company, which is making its Ford Amphitheatre debut on Fri., Aug. 12.

Now celebrating the 10th anniversary season under the direction of Middleton, Media City Ballet is presenting the world premiere of AXIS MUNDI, A Global Multi-Cultural Celebration of Ballet Dance. The program has a cast of over 40 performers who will present a dazzling repertoire that will include Italian swordplay, a French Baroque ball, and folk dances from Armenia, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Spain and China. There will also be the show-stopping classic dances to Khachaturian’s Saber Dance, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Schéhérazade and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances. A narrator will describe some of the dances to enhance the experience for the audience.

“The show will start with the birth of ballet, with its roots in the folk dances of diverse cultures, and then the beauty of traditional ballet will unfold. So there will be a touch of history as well as entertainment,” Middleton says. She is among the outstanding choreographers creating the dances for the special evening.

Middleton is especially enthused about “the great setting of the Ford Amphitheatre, outside under the stars. And I’m honored that the Media City Ballet is included this season. They have very high standards for the shows that are chosen for the summer programs, and we are thrilled to present an excellent show that puts the cultural richness of the ballet in the spotlight.”

The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, just off the 101 Freeway, across from the Hollywood Bowl. Call the box office for tickets, (323) 461-3673, or go online at

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