Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Local Couple Commissions A New Ballet To Music Of Franz Schubert

This evening of dance celebrating Franz Schubert will also feature the work of Heinz Poll with a performance of his Schubert Waltzes (1974).

Local Couple Commissions A New Ballet To Music Of Franz Schubert

Verb, "Ohio Contemporary Ballet" returns to the Breen Center for the Performing Arts with three scheduled productions this season. For its first fall performance, the company will present Schubert Melodies on October 15, 2022, at 7:30pm.

Commissioned by Verb supporters, Marian and Eric Klieber, the program will feature Franz Schubert's Octet in F Major played by musicians from the Blue Water Orchestra. Co-choreographed by Kay Eichman and Richard Dickinson, this one-hour work will be staged in the atmosphere of the 1820's, when it was written. This evening of dance celebrating Franz Schubert will also feature the work of Heinz Poll with a performance of his Schubert Waltzes (1974). This delicate, beautiful ballet featuring three sets of couples that exhibit a combination of classicism and wit, will be with live piano accompaniment by Adam Whiting.

Marian and Eric Klieber have lived in Northeast Ohio for over 30 years and have been impressed not only by the depth, but also the accessibility of the local arts community. The Cleveland residents wanted to make a meaningful contribution to the local dance scene. "Verb exemplifies this ideal, preserving the tradition of classical ballet while exploring new avenues of expression within the art form," said Eric Klieber. The couple's hope in retirement is to elevate dance, music and theatre groups operating on a small scale to achieve a new level of excellence. They envision the Schubert Octet in F Major as the perfect selection to draw a true collaboration between the dancers and musicians. Franz Schubert composed Octet in F major, D. 803 in 1824. "Its six movements feature a wide variety of tempos, rhythms and textures, and the music itself is sublime," said Klieber. The live accompaniment of a chamber orchestra will be a treat for the audience. Choreographers Dickinson and Eichman will each choreograph three movements, adding a unique style to each section.

Heinz Poll used Schubert's music to create Schubert Waltzes, which features three couples, each with individual personalities, adding dimension to the dances. The couples embrace their characters through their dancing to bring an inventiveness to the music. The work was originally accompanied by Ohio Ballet music director, David Fisher, on piano. The Chicago Tribune entertainment writer Sid Smith said in his review of the ballet, "For all its stern simplicity, 'Waltzes' is broadly emotional, from soaring romance to silliness, culminating in a breathtaking and inspirational stroll toward an offstage sunset." Verb has a long history of performing Poll's work and has strong personal ties. Verb's Associate Artistic Director, Richard Dickinson, danced with Ohio Ballet under Poll's direction and eventually served as ballet master. Dr. Margaret Carlson was part of the original student group that gathered to study with Poll when the company was founded, and she was on the original committee that founded the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival after his passing. At Poll's death in 2006, his estate stipulated that 10 of his most exceptional works be maintained as his artistic legacy. Verb is the repository of over eight of Poll's choreographic works.

Verb, "Ohio Contemporary Ballet," performs on October 15, 2022 at 7:30pm at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts located at 2008 W. 30th St. in Cleveland. Tickets are $10-$35. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at verbballets.org. For more information, visit www.verbballets.org.




More Hot Stories For You


 National Center For Choreography - Akron Releases Third Season of INSIDE THE DANCER'S STUDIO National Center For Choreography - Akron Releases Third Season of INSIDE THE DANCER'S STUDIO
August 16, 2022

The National Center for Choreography - Akron (NCCAkron) has launched the third season of Inside the Dancer's Studio, a podcast that brings listeners into the process of creating dance.

2022 Educational Theatre Association Award Recipients Announced2022 Educational Theatre Association Award Recipients Announced
August 7, 2022

Each year, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) honors the achievements of individuals and theatre programs with special awards presented in recognition of notable accomplishments.

Local Couple Commissions A New Ballet To Music Of Franz SchubertLocal Couple Commissions A New Ballet To Music Of Franz Schubert
August 2, 2022

Verb, “Ohio Contemporary Ballet” returns to the Breen Center for the Performing Arts with three scheduled productions this season. For its first fall performance, the company will present Schubert Melodies on October 15, 2022, at 7:30pm.

CRAIG FERGUSON: FANCY RASCAL is Coming to Playhouse Square in SeptemberCRAIG FERGUSON: FANCY RASCAL is Coming to Playhouse Square in September
July 25, 2022

Craig Ferguson is a multiple Grammy nominated, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning actor, writer, producer, director and comedian with a diverse career that encompasses film, television and the stage. He will be bringing his Fancy Rascal Tour to Playhouse Square Sunday, September 18.

CONTEST: Win A Pair of VIP Tickets to A STARLIGHT SYMPHONY... AN EVENING WITH SARAH BRIGHTMAN in Las Vegas!CONTEST: Win A Pair of VIP Tickets to A STARLIGHT SYMPHONY... AN EVENING WITH SARAH BRIGHTMAN in Las Vegas!
July 19, 2022

This October, the world's biggest-selling soprano and legendary GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist Sarah Brightman will entertain her first exclusive Las Vegas engagement at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas. With these being Brightman's ONLY U.S. dates of the year, fans can travel from around the world to be enchanted by 'A Starlight Symphony...An Evening with Sarah Brightman.'