Italian ballet company, based at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale, Florence. It dates back to a re-staging of Excelsior in 1967 and came to prominence in 1978 with the appointment of Eugeny Polyakov as ballet master and a series of performances featuring guests such as Fonteyn, Nureyev, Baryshnikov, and Fracci. Between 1986 and 1988 Egon Madsen was ballet master, but the return of Polykov in 1988 saw the company acquiring its current name, and an increased repertory of 19th- and 20th-century works. From 1996 to 1998 the company was directed by Karole Armitage who presented three new works including The Predators' Ball (1996). A series of short-term directors followed, including Davide Bombana, Elisbetta Terabust, and Giorgio Mancini who added many new works by Balanchine, Uotinen, David Parsons, Forsythe, Duato, and Childs. Mancini was succeeded in 2007 by Vladimir Derevianko as director and resident choreographer.
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