Verb Ballets + Body EDT at DanceWorks 2017

CLEVELAND, OH- Returning from its two week international tour to Taiwan, Verb Ballets features a shared program with Taiwanese dance company BodyEDT for DanceWorks 2017 presented by Cleveland Public Theatre. Verb Ballets' presents a dynamic evening of works by company dancers Michael Hinton and Antonio Morillo. Lee Ming-Cheng, Artistic Director and Creator of Body Expressions Dance Theatre (BodyEDT) will present the United States premiere of Initial- Space Starting combining movement with installations, digital, technology, and instrumental music.

Ming's works have received many awards including Creative Award, Taishin Art Award, Taipei Digital Art Award and respectively granted dance and technology research awards from the Ministry of Culture. Lee joined Verb Ballets last spring for a three-month residency through The Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion program, bringing a world-class style and vision to the company.

Morillo’s work, Pieces of Yearning, was chosen by the Martha Graham Dance Theatre for its NEXT@Graham series which premiered in New York. His work drew inspiration from the work of Merce Cunningham and explores the process of relating the environment to movement development. The original score composed by Sean Hamilton is a conjunction of new, electroacoustic, free improvisation and experimental music. The music and the dance exist simultaneously in the same space, but are not related to one another.

Verb Ballets' dancer Hinton premiered Broken Bridges at the Akron Civic Theatre on the Continuing the Legacy of Heinz Poll evening. Hinton has re-imagined Elegiac Song to tell a new story of struggle, bringing the piece into this century while retaining its intensity and beauty.

This performance is the culmination of Verb Ballets and BodyEDT dual continental residency connecting a dance company of a major Midwestern city with a Taiwanese dance company. This creative fusion created opportunity for deeper and prolonged commitment between artists and encourages responsible global citizenry. Verb Ballets is grateful for the support of The Cleveland Foundation in making this residency and trip possible.

Verb Ballets will perform in DanceWorks 2017, May 11-13, 2017 in the Cleveland Public Theatre’s James Levin Theatre. The newly-renovated James Levin Theatre is fully ADA compliant featuring a patron
elevator and gender neutral, wheelchair accessible restroom. Performances take place at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets on Fridays and Saturdays are $30 for general admission and $12 for all tickets on Thursdays. Purchase seats by calling 216-631-2727 ext. 501, online at or buy in person at the Cleveland Public Theatre box office, located at 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102. For more information on the DanceWorks 2017 series and to purchase tickets, visit

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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. In 2017 Verb Ballets begins a year long celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the company. As one of the oldest dance organizations in Cleveland we are proud to produce high caliber work and continue to connect with communities across a four county reach. Additional information can be found at 
Lee Ming-Cheng: Lee Ming-Cheng graduated from the Department of Dance, Taipei National University of the Arts (BFA) and the Graduate School of Dance, Taipei National University of the Arts (MFA), with the major in Choreography. After completing further education at New York University on a full scholarship obtained through the recommendation of Mr. LIN Hwai-Min, LEE Ming-Cheng returned to his home country and founded the "Body Expressions Dance Theater"(Body EDT), serving as the art director of the dance group and the main creator, starting his career of art creation. During this period of time, LEE Ming-Cheng released over 10 full-length works and was invited to perform in the Festival d'Avignon off, France, Malaysia International Dance Festival, Singapore Art Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe in UK, and Musée Quai Branly in France. His works have been nominated and awarded including Creative Award, Taishin Art Award, Taipei Digital Art Award and respectively granted dance and technology research awards from the Ministry of Culture. Verb Ballets is honored to host Creative Fusion Artist-in-Residence, Lee Ming-Cheng funded by The Cleveland Foundation. 
About BodyEDT: Body Expression Dance Theater (BodyEDT) was founded in 2000. The artistic creations of artistic director cum choreographer Lee, Ming-Cheng traverse from classic, instrument performance, to installation, digital, and technology, which shows the contemporary, diverse and cross-category characteristics. BodyEDT will insistent on creations with interdisciplinary artists, and enlightening the art field with new spirit by challenging the possibilities and impossibilities of theater prospects. Additional information can be found at 
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:

DanceWorks 2017 presented by Cleveland Public Theatre
FUSE: Explorations from Taiwan and Cleveland
Verb Ballets & BodyEDT
May 11-13, 2017 at 7:00pm
Thursday $12 Friday/Saturday $30