Award winning choreographer, Dianne McIntyre brings the stories of Cuban seniors to life

CLEVELAND, OH - Verb Ballets has had the honor of working this spring with guest choreographer and multi-award winning local artist Dianne McIntyre. Her career spans four decades with choreography for dance, theatre, television and film. In January she participated in the Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion Cuba Edition in the tour to Cuba with Verb Ballets and five other Cleveland organizations. While in Cuba she gathered the personal life stories of several older adults. Upon returning to Cleveland she began working with Verb Ballets to create dances to tell the stories of these amazing individuals. These inspiring stories have now been brought to life through the beauty and power of dance. Verb Ballets will debut these plus others at Ballet UpClose on May 19, 2017.

The Ballet UpClose series provides an intimate experience and brings an educational perspective into the artistry and work that goes into producing dance on the stage. The evening will feature the dancers of Verb Ballets showcasing the culmination of a project by Dianne McIntyre plus an appearance from young students of the Fairmount Center for the Arts and the Adverb Project, a group comprised of adult student learners. Stay afterwards for a dessert reception with the dancers.

Ballet UpClose is on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Verb Ballets studio located at 3445 Warrensville Center Rd. Shaker Hts, OH 44122. Doors open at 6:30pm and the evening will end at 9:00pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets available online at verbballets.org or calling 216-397-3757. For more information visit www.verbballets.org.
Interviews and photos available by contacting Jen Garlando at jgarlando@verbballets.org.

About Verb Ballets:
Verb Ballets, a contemporary ballet company, presents dynamic programming through bold artistry, unique styles, and technical excellence that captivates a broad audience. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, Producing Artistic Director and Richard Dickinson, MFA, Associate Director, the company will present a season that ignites passion in the energy, beauty, and athleticism of dance. Critics have hailed Verb Ballets as, “Dashes preconceptions ...with keen dramatic power.” -The Plain Dealer, "(Verb) is dance magnifique.” - The Examiner, “confident and polished, Verb's dancers shone” - Dance International Magazine. Verb Ballets cultivates dance appreciation and nurtures wellness through movement in community dance classes, school residencies, senior outreach, library programs, master classes, and college course partnerships. Verb Ballets has also been named one of Five Great Tiny Troupes in America by Dance Magazine and was one of the 25 dance companies in America to watch. Additional information can be found at www.verbballets.org.

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Dianne McIntyre, Choreographer
DIANNE MCINTYRE choreographs for concert dance, theatre, opera and film. Much of her work explores African American themes through dance, music and literature. Her many honors include a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award, John S. Guggenheim Fellowship, three Bessies (NY Dance and Performance Award), two Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees (State University of New York at Purchase and Cleveland State University), two AUDELCOs (NY Black theatre), Helen Hayes Award (DC theatre), Cuyahoga County Creative Workforce Fellowship, television Emmy nomination, three-year National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship and numerous grants. She has developed works for professional and university dance companies including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, GroundWorks Dance Theater, Dancing Wheels, CSU, OSU and numerous others. Her own ensembles of dancers and musicians have performed throughout the US and Europe. She has worked with celebrated artists like Olu Dara, Lester Bowie, Ntozake Shange, Cecil Taylor, Hannibal, Regina Taylor, Des McAnuff, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Jonathan Demme, Don Pullen, Douglas Turner Ward, Peabo Bryson, Irene Lewis. Her screen choreography includes “Beloved”, “Miss Evers’ Boys”, Langston Hughes: The Dream Keeper” and “Fun Size”. In 2015-16, Ms. McIntyre was the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Spelman College. She was recently in residence at Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in New York to begin development of a new work and, this spring, the process is scheduled to continue in the Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency at Dance Place in Washington, DC. Her mentors include Gus Solomons Jrr, Elaine Redmond, The Ohio State University dance faculty, Louise Roberts of Clark Center and Rick Davis in theatre arts. In January, McIntyre was part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion visit to Cuba. www.diannemcintyre.com

About Creative Fusion: Launched in 2008 by the Cleveland Foundation, Creative Fusion is a twice-yearly international artist residency program that has brought more than 70 artists from around the world to Cleveland. Each year, Creative Fusion brings approximately a dozen accomplished or rapidly rising artists from around the world and from underrepresented cultures to Cleveland. Each artist is hosted by a local cultural institution during a three-month residency. There are two residencies each year: one in the spring and another in the fall. 
  
About the Cleveland Foundation: Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.1 billion and 2016 grants of $93.6 million. Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of residents of Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – education and youth development, neighborhoods, health and human services, arts and culture, economic development and purposeful aging – and responds to the community’s needs. 
 
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Performance Details:
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:00pm
Ballet UpClose
Verb Ballets studio located at 3445 Warrensville Center Rd. Shaker Hts, OH 44122.
Tickets: $15 Adults $10 Children
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