Verb Ballets Adds VERB GOES ELECTRIC to 2013 Season, 3/21-23

Verb Ballets has announced the addition of a new show to the season series. The new program added to the season; Verb Goes Electric with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, will run March 21- 23, 2013 at Cleveland Public Theatre during the 2013 DanceWorks Series.

"We are excited to collaborate with Cleveland Chamber Symphony, a grammy winning symphony, to explore contemporary American music. This show speaks to Verb's purpose to support and foster emerging talent," said Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson.

The newly added show will fuse dance and electronic music, March 21- 23, 2013, at 7pm at Cleveland Public Theatre. Verb Goes Electric with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony builds on the creative talent of local artists to create new collaborative work. Four to six young and emerging composers will be selected to present new electronic music that explores and pushes the boundaries of contemporary American music. The dancers of Verb Ballets will then take the new score and challenge and explore how to move in the sound evolution of the musical language.

Two other remaining main stage performances for the 2012-13 season include February 23, 2013, at 8pm at The Breen Center for the Performing Arts and April 18-20, 2013, at 7pm at Cleveland Public Theatre's DanceWorks '13 Series.

Reflect upon an evening of work with Chung-Fu Chang on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 8pm at The Breen Center for the Performing Arts. Chang creates an evening of work on Verb Ballets to share a story about how his identity has evolved through his presence in contemporary societies with a distinctive fusion of the East and West. The evening will also include a new work about a story of loss, choreographed by Richard Dickinson and set to the masterful and haunting music of Strauss' Four Last Songs.

Single tickets $28-$10 are available by calling the Verb Ballets office at 216-397-3757 or online at The Breen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2008 W. 30th St. Cleveland, OH 44113. For more information visit

Verb Ballets returns to Cleveland Public Theatre April 18-20, 2013, at 7pm with an evening work featuring a modern interpretation of The Rite of Spring choreographed by Richard Dickinson. The new ballet titled, The Rite of Spring: The Bride Unseen, reinvents the story of pagan sacrifice as the bride surrenders her dreams to appease her family and succumbs to the pressure of an arranged marriage. The ballet explores the interpersonal relationships of a quirky family and the influence they play in the family paradigm. Someone will be sacrificed. Who, is the question?<

Verb Ballets will perform in Cleveland Public Theatre's DanceWorks '13 March 21- 23, 2013 and April 18-20, 2013. Single tickets $25 for general admission, $22 for students and seniors and $10 for all tickets on Thursdays available by calling 216-631-2727 ext. 501, or buy in person at 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.

Verb Ballets ignites audience passion and participation in contemporary dance. Under the leadership of Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson, Verb strives to support and foster emerging talent, to present excellence in contemporary choreographers, and to revive and honor modern dance classics. The company strives to be a thought leader in cultivating dance appreciation and support through education and outreach programs. In growing audience appreciation for dance Verb Ballets helps make northeast Ohio a national destination for the arts.

Verb Ballets' season is made possible thanks to the generous support of: Akron Community Foundation, AHS Foundation, The Bascom Little Fund, Bike Cleveland, Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The City of Shaker Heights, The Cleveland Foundation, Findley Davies, Inc., Gay Community Endowment Fund of The Akron Community Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, Kulas Foundation, The Laub Foundation, Lubrizol Foundation, The McGregor Foundation, John P. Murphy Foundation, The Ohio Arts Council, Shah Capital Management, Individual Contributors including Millie L. Carlson, Alan Miles Ruben, Jeri Chaikin, Chuck and Ann Ennis, Frederick Lautzenheiser, Kenneth Milder, David R. Pierce, Robert M. Shwab and Members of the Verb Ballets Board of Trustees.

The Cleveland Chamber Symphony (CCS) performs music of our time that dares to explore under direction of Music Director Steven Smith. Through the vision and expertise of Dr. London and the talent of a dedicated core of Cleveland musicians, the ensemble steadily grew in scope and stature throughout the following two decades, performing, recording and commissioning contemporary orchestral music. CCS nurtures composers, musicians and audiences through professional performances, recordings, commissions, and educational experiences. The Cleveland Chamber Symphony's excellence has been recognized with prestigious awards including a Grammy and ASCAP John S. Edwards Awards. Through the mission CCS has contributed to the advancement of the art of contemporary American music and promoted the dissemination of musical works by composers of our time.

Photo credit: Harry Weller