Verb Ballets Kicks Off 2014-15 Season Tonight at Cain Park
For the 2014-15 season, Verb Ballets will present a season of fresh and innovative works that highlight the classically trained dancers with cutting edge contemporary choreography.
Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, the company will continue to present and inspire a diverse array of contemporary choreographers while honoring modern dance legend Martha Graham with the Lamentation Variations project this winter.
Verb's focus is to push the envelope of classical dance in a way that each is appreciated by both new audience members and dance enthusiasts. The company strives to be a thought leader in cultivating dance appreciation and support through education and outreach programs in our community. In growing audience appreciation for dance, Verb Ballets enhances the vibrant arts scene in Northeast Ohio.
Cain Park Evans Amphitheater tonight, July 26, 2014 at 8pm
Verb Ballets returns to Cain Park for a captivating summer series. Featured on the program will be the company premiere of Similar by former Cincinnati Ballet principal and Co-Artistic Director for Kansas City Dance Festival, Anthony Krutzkamp. His works have been noted as, "innovative and organic, producing a dynamic, fresh take on contemporary dance." Also to reappear on stage is Dark Matter by Tommie-Waheed Evans which is the fierce, nonstop dance which CoolCleveland described as, "an exuberant musical visualization in African-American dance style." Other contemporary classics are in store for the program. Verb Ballets will also be performing at Cain Park's Kids Matinee Series on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1pm. Enjoy Shape Imagination, a playful journey in search of lines, shapes, and angles. Utilizing music from orchestral to operatic, dancers do vigorous lifts, jumps, and turns while handling delicate, brightly colored balloons. This will be followed by an interactive section with WiggleWords, Verb's dance and literacy program. A short excerpt from a piece on the evening program will complete the matinee program.
Other Summer Appearances
Verb Ballets will perform at the Springfield Arts Council Summer Arts Festival on June 25, 2014 for a double bill with Dancing Wheels. Verb Ballets will make a special appearance at The Greene Works Project presentation of Dance on the Edge at Tri-C Eastern Campus in the Main Theater on July 13, 2014. Also this summer, Verb Ballets will tour to Pennsylvania for Arts on the Allegheny on July 19, 2014. And, Verb Ballets is pleased to return to Arts in August at Lincoln Park in Tremont on August 8, 2014 at 8:30pm. Verb Ballets will also make a special appearance at the Gay Games on August 15, 2014.
Twinsburg High School on September 26, 2014 at 8pm
Verb Ballets will debut at Twinsburg High School, continuing our partnership with The City of Twinsburg. The evening will feature the light hearted ballet, Cowboy Soul, by Richard Dickinson which combines the swagger of John Wayne with the discipline of classical ballet to the instrumental versions of the greatest cowboy songs. A new version of Contra Con choreographed by William Anthony set to J.S. Bach's Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor (BWV 1052) will also be featured. This ballet is noted for crisp balletic movements full of symmetry set to the elegant signature composition by Bach.
Other Fall Appearances
Verb Ballets will also present a debut performance at Green High School in October 2014. Verb Ballets will continue its partnership and return to The Akron Civic Theatre in the fall of 2014.