El Paso Herald-Post from El Paso, Texas on November 16, 1974 · Page 27
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El Paso Herald-Post from El Paso, Texas · Page 27

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-EL PASO'HERALb-POST.'Saturday. November 16.1974 Dancer Recognized Ingeborg Heuser, Artistic Director of the University Civic Ballet, has recently been honored by a four-year appointment to the Dance Advisory Panel of the Texas Commission on the Arts and Humanities. This recognition of her work brings the company she leads and founded to the forefront of the Texas cultural scene. It is the reward for years of patient endeavor, of dedication to quality, and of determination to find a solution for every problem. - Han artist is one obsessed by a vision, Miss Heuser is, above all, an artist. Her dream is to create the highest caliber of semi-professional ballet company in El Paso, using paid, fully-trained teachers and performers, together with the best of their students. THAT DREAM is already becoming; a reality. Utilizing the beautiful new facilities of the University's Fine Arts Building, Miss Heuser heads the Ballet Division of the Music Department, which, at only two years of age, offers a Major in Ballet Performance and has enrolled nearly 200 students. A few will be picked as Majors with professional or teaching careers ahead of them. All have the opportunity to audition for productions. ' ' Already, three dancers trained by Miss Heuser are on her staff. They are Andree Harper, Principal Dancer and Instructor, Renee Segapali and Oskar Antunez, who is Ballet Master and Principal Male Dancer. The university matches funds with the Texas Commission on the Arts and Humanities to pay their salaries, and also to hire in two professionals for performances several times a year. THE BALLET will never leave the university, stated Miss Heuser in recent interview. It is firmly a part of the Music Department, for ballet is music. The artistic director loves nothing better than to see her dancers reading a score, and wants them to study the backgrounds of art, literature and music, so that their minds may develop with their bodies. They cannot be fully artists without knowing the traditions on which their art is founded. For this, they must also travel. A first step in this direction was last summer's triumphant tour in Mexico, with 27 dancers, in bus and truck. It will be repeated in 1975, for El Paso's main problem is her isolation, which makes it hard for her artists to experience competition with others, and have their own work recognized. INGEBOR HEUSER seeks, and creates, knowledgeable fulltime dancers, versed in the events and etiquette of their field, and dedicated to it. They must see beauty, know it, and sacrifice comfort for it. Films of great companies at work may help them, and funds are being sought to obtain these for the department. A good exchange program is also be ing planned, and visits from leading dance companies are eagerly awaited. Loyal to her friends, Ingeborg Heuser speaks with regard of them, in particular of Dr. E.A. Thor- mpdsgaard, who first brought her into the music department to form the company, and gave her her opportunity. He could not know that by 1974, she would produce over 40 ballets, choreograph some of the best of them, and obtain some of the world's most renowned artists as visitors. Trained in the great Deutsche Oper of Berlin, where she was a soloist at the age of 15. Miss Heuser has danced professionally in much of Europe, in innumerable opera and ballet productions and several films, and her friends are happy to visit her department. It is fortunate that the city has a leader of this quality, and appreciates_her. Rarely has a woman succeeded so well, against such odds, as Ingeborg Heuser, but she does not rest on dreams fulfilled. Each step forward leads to the next, and whatever Miss Heuser sets out do to, she charms, wheedles, bullies and coaxes others into doing with her, above and beyond their will or capability. It is impossible not to work with her. Bit Parts ABC-TV researchers reported 59 million viewers saw "The Poseidon Adventure" in its first television airing last week .. . Anthony James and .Richard Skull were added to the cast of MGM's "Hearts of the West" . . . Bonita Granville, onetime child star, has been named a trustee of Loyola Mary mount University in Los Angeles: -.. On Stage Next Saturday Ella Bebops into Civic Center SHOtfTTME-Page Three Call it scat or bebop, or just plain old bop. Whatever you call it, you'll find it in legendary evidence when Ella Fitzgerald acquires the microphone on the stage of the El Paso Civic Center's Grand Hall next Saturday at 8 p.m. For the second weekend in a row the El Paso Symphony, who play with Benny Goodman tonight, will be bopping in the realm of jazz, too, as they back the First Lady of Song. If Ella Fitzgerald has a trademark, it is her bop singing, or scat singing ... a spirited" improvisation that sounds half vocal, half instrumental. It began, claims Ella, when she tried to imitate the sound of a jazz cornetist. "IT STARTED on a tour with Dizzy Gillespie," Gillespie is celebrated as the originator of the bebop sound. "Somebody said I bopped a riff once before that, but I think my first experience of that was with Dizzy." said Ella. "I used to go around with the fellas and Dizzy would tell me to sit in and I tried to do what Dizzy was doing. "They called it bop, so I found myself trying to bop. We made a record which Dave Garroway played in Chicago, BEBOP SATURDAY — Ella Fitzgerald takes command of the Grand HaU of the El Paso Civic Center next Saturday at 8 p.m. and that was the beginning of the bop singing — or scat, or whatever you want to call it. That started a new trend for me." NOW THE style comes naturally to her. "I've never really studied, but I do read a little music. Can't go on this long without picking up a bit of it," says Ella. "Long ago the decision was made that I UBIQUITOUS HOUSEKEEPER—David Spurlock, the young »rt- loving policeman in "Night Watch," compliments Mrs. Wheeler. JoAnn Todar, on her Picasso collection, while her housekeeper, played by Carla Snyder, looks on menacingly. The melodrama, directed by Dorothy Greene, playi • final performance at the Upstairs Theatre Downtown today at 8:30 p.m. t was the time of maki out and cruisi 01 ng stead and playi it cool. needed a teacher. I was taken to one of the very best. The teacher refused to take me — said it would ruin my style." Though her trademark is scat, she doesn't just perform scat songs, but rather takes songs of all generations and adds her touch and talent to them. "Songs have changed, music has changed," notes Ella. "In order to keep up with what's happening, you change. But, I haven't changed my style. I still sing songs the way I feel them. SONGS included in one of her recent concerts included: "Close to You." "Begin the Beguine," "Something," "L-OV-E," "Indian Summer" and her version of the Brazilian "Madelena." Ella underwent two cataract operations in 1971, and has since worn glasses in private life, but admits she had a hard time getting used to wearing them on stage. "I was terribly worried how people would respond, how they would take the change. They were fine. My performance was better because I didn't have to worry about the lights. I was able to look at them and that's very important to me." Tickets tor the reserved seating concert run J5, $6.50, $7.50 and $10 and remain available at Central Ticket Agency, Astro Ticket and the Civic Center box office. ROW AT BOTH THEATRES Cinema Twin Hi BORDERTOWN SHOW AT DUSK For 810,000 they break your arms. For S20.00O they break your legs. Axel Freed owes S44.000. Paramount Pictures P»es* A Robert Chartoff- Irwin Winkler Production AKarel Reisz Film James Caan mThe Gambler" IT'S SURVIVAL OF THE FIERCEST. AND THE ruuotirncrmmtsiHS i*«mmm M BURTREYNOtDS THE LONGEST YARD" . t..»IEinilMU -... - IIICTIIflUt ILMIITIMMT ., ,. flUBKnt "R" Open 3:00 3:15 5:2O 7:25 and 9:30 LAST 6 DAYS SEE LUGE AD OPEN 12:00 12:30 3:45 7:OC and 10:00 NOMSSB MMSCOUNf "THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK" TOMLAUGHUN

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