Rock Ballet THE MASQUE: THE STORIES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE to Play Breen Center, 11/8
Verb Ballets and Shadowbox Live of Columbus present the world premiere of an original full length rock ballet, The Masque: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, at The Breen Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8PM. This collaborative effort blends Verb Ballets and Shadowbox Live's contemporary and rock-and-roll sensibilities on stage for a world premiere work.
The original score, written by the musicians of Shadowbox band 'Light', will be performed live with the dancers. The percussive, driving rock is intertwined with melodies from Beethoven, Schoenberg, Ruggles and Ives. This new ballet, choreographed by the Associate Director, Richard Dickinson and dancers of Verb Ballets, tells the tale of Poe's The Masque of the Red Death. In full punk regalia it moves from room to room within the castle, additional stories are unveiled. Poe, portrayed byShadowbox Live's Tom Cardinal, will guide guests through the ballet as our story unfolds with revelry while the world outside sinks into chaos.
Verb Ballets, a northeast Ohio Dance Company, strives to ignite audience passion and participation in contemporary dance. For the 2013-14 season, FUSE!, Verb Ballets is showcasing the strength of the company with unique and diverse programming. This collaboration with Shadowbox Live speaks directly to the season theme of fusing dance, theatre and music.
Shadowbox Live is the largest resident theater company in America, producing over 400 shows per year based in Columbus, Ohio. For over 20 years this creative team has produced world-class performances, spanning the artistic spectrum with sketch comedy, rock 'n 'roll, original rock operas, traditional musicals, drama, dance theater and new media; always putting emphasis on the unparalleled live experience.