2013-14 Press Releases

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Verb Ballets presents The Elements at Akron Civic Theatre on Thursday, March 27, 2014

CLEVELAND, OH (February 15, 2014) – Verb Ballets returns this spring to The Akron Civic Theatre for an intimate cabaret on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 8pm to present, The Elements. This performance is supported through the generosity of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund for Dance in Summit County of Akron Community Foundation. The program will feature two new works by Verb Ballets’ Associate Director, Richard Dickinson (Ohio Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Boston Ballet), a revival of a Heinz Poll ballet and collaborative work led by Sara Whale. “The unique opportunity at the Civic provides with the community a chance to be immersed in the action and see the dancers up close. It is wonderful to hear how much people enjoy being part of the experience when they get to sit on stage,” said Dr. Margaret Carlson, Director.

Singing songs beside the campfire out on the range, Associate Director, Richard Dickinson presents, Cowboy Soul. The new playful ballet combines the swagger of John Wayne with the discipline of classical ballet to the instrumental versions of the greatest cowboy songs. Dickinson grew up in Arizona and California where these songs were part of his experience growing up. He sought to challenge himself to create a light-hearted ballet to the iconic songs of the west.

Verb Ballets will revive the lighter than air duet from Heinz’s Poll’s, Wings and Aires. The pas de duex with modern movements floats stylishly through the virtuosic music of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4.

Verb Ballets will collaborate to present an original work inspired by whales set to composer George Crumb’s, Vox Balaenae. Arranged by Sara Whale the dancers will interpret the evocative and unusual timbres to create a vivid oceanic imagery that is both majestic and serene. Whale is a resident teacher with Verb Ballets and on faculty at Baldwin Wallace University. Her style is innovative and uniquely original while rooted in elements of contemporary dance.

Dickinson will present the Akron premiere a new work inspired by the historic final voyage of the coal fired SS Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Erie. Set to an original composition by Geoffrey Peterson, the works paints a vivid and haunting portrait of the legendary and mysterious shipwreck. The ballet follows the tragic story of the ship embarking and the battle invoked by gale force winds. Then pays homage to the 29 crew members who lost their lives that day.

Single tickets at $25 each and students at $5 (with valid ID) by calling the Akron Civic Box Office at 330-253-2488 or online at akroncivic.com. Akron Civic Theatre is located at 182 South Main Street Akron, Ohio 44308. For more information visit www.verbballets.org. 

To arrange interviews please email jgarlando@verbballets.org or call 216.397.3757. Photos and choreogpraher bios available upon request.

Verb Ballets’ Winter Series inspired by fusion of music and culture February 22, 2014 at The Breen Center

CLEVELAND, OH (January 27, 2014) –Verb Ballets returns to The Breen Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8pm with a program inspired by fusion of culture and music. From songs of Home on the Range to a story about family relationships and the drums of Africa the works selected on this program explore the diversity of expression through music.

Featured on the program is the world premiere of a ballet by William Anthony, an American choreographer currently working in Denmark. Anthony has choreographed for dance and theatre companies in United States and Europe including Ballet Met, Theater der Landeshauptstadt Mainz and the Nationaltheater Mannheim. The new work fuses J.S. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor (BWV 1052) and African drumming led by Linda Thomas-Jones, Sogbety Diomande and Baba Jubal. The piece will shape dynamics and phrasing to explore syncopation as found in both European music and in non-Western traditions. Thomas-Jones has been a music educator for over 40 years and received a Fulbright Fellowship from the Gestalt Institute to study dance and drumming in Ghana, West Africa. She, along with her colleagues Diomande and Jubal will perform with the dancers to demonstrate universal qualities that tie all forms of music and dance together.

Associate Director, Richard Dickinson’s new work, Cowboy Soul, combines the swagger of John Wayne with the discipline of classical ballet. Set to instrumental versions of the greatest cowboy songs it is a playful romp reminiscing on old western movies of yesteryear. Dickinson grew up in Arizona and California where these songs were part of his experience growing up. He sought to challenge himself to create a light-hearted ballet to the iconic songs of the west.

Verb Ballets will revive The Gathering (2009) choreographed by Terence Greene that explores relationships and the value of family. The work was commissioned while Greene was an artist in residence at Verb Ballets in 2009. Greene was just named a 2014 Prestigious Creative Workforce Fellows named for 2014 through The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture of Cuyahoga County. He is the Director of Dance at Cleveland School of the Arts and Director of The Greene Works Project.

Immediately following the performance join the cast and crew at the Transformer Station, located at 1460 West 29th Street Cleveland, OH 44113 just minutes from the theatre. New York Magazine named the gallery a best destination to, “See Cutting Edge Contemporary Art in Cleveland”. Mix and mingle with dancers and choreographers following the performance at The Transformer Station. Tickets to the reception are $17 per guest and are available at checkout through ShowClix.

Verb Ballets, a northeast Ohio dance company, strives to ignite audience passion and participation in contemporary dance. For the 2013-14 season, FUSE!, Verb Ballets is showcasing the strength of the company with unique and diverse programming.

Single tickets at $28 Center Preferred or $23 Side General Admission. Student ticket discount available with valid ID. Tickets are available by calling ShowClix at 1-888-71-TICKETS or online at verbballets.org. The Breen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2008 W. 30th St. Cleveland, OH 44113. For more information visit www.verbballets.org. 

To arrange interviews please email jgarlando@verbballets.org or call 216.397.3757. Photos and choreogpraher bios available upon request.

Verb Ballets and Shadowbox Live present a World Premiere Rock Ballet, The Masque One night only

CLEVELAND, OH (October 17, 2013) – Verb Ballets and Shadowbox Live of Columbus present the world premiere of an original full length rock ballet, The Masque: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, at The Breen Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8PM. This collaborative effort blends Verb Ballets and Shadowbox Live’s contemporary and rock-and-roll sensibilities on stage for a world premiere work.

The original score, written by the musicians of Shadowbox band ‘Light’, will be performed live with the dancers. The percussive, driving rock is intertwined with melodies from Beethoven, Schoenberg, Ruggles and Ives. This new ballet, choreographed by the Associate Director, Richard Dickinson and dancers of Verb Ballets, tells the tale of Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death. In full punk regalia it moves from room to room within the castle, additional stories are unveiled. Poe, portrayed by Shadowbox Live’s Tom Cardinal, will guide guests through the ballet as our story unfolds with revelry while the world outside sinks into chaos.

Verb Ballets, a northeast Ohio dance company, strives to ignite audience passion and participation in contemporary dance. For the 2013-14 season, FUSE!, Verb Ballets is World Premiere Rock Ballet, The Masque showcasing the strength of the company with unique and diverse programming. This
collaboration with Shadowbox Live speaks directly to the season theme of fusing dance, theatre and music.

Shadowbox Live is the largest resident theater company in America, producing over 400 shows per year based in Columbus, Ohio. For over 20 years this creative team has produced world-class performances, spanning the artistic spectrum with sketch comedy, rock ‘n ‘roll, original rock operas, traditional musicals, drama, dance theater and new media; always putting emphasis on the unparalleled live experience.

Single tickets at $28 Center Preferred or $23 Side Seating and Student discount available with valid id. Tickets are available by calling Show Clix at 1-888-71-TICKETS or online at www.verbballets.org. The Breen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2008 W. 30th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.

Immediately following the performance join cast and crew of The Masque for an after party hosted at Tregoning & Co. Tregoning & Co. located at 1300 West 78th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44102 was formed by Bill Tregoning in 1982. Its inventory is both extensive and wide-ranging: artworks from 17th century old masters to 21st century contemporary art. Enjoy a wine and dessert reception while talking with the dancers, band and actors at the gallery. Tickets to the reception are $17 per person are available upon checkout through ShowClix by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS or online at www.verbballets.org.

Verb Ballets debut at Dobama Theatre An evening of Fresh Inventions October 11 & 12, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH (September 16, 2013) – Verb Ballets makes its debut at Dobama Theatre for a show that will provoke an examination of our contemporary world through dance with Fresh Inventions on October 11 and 12, 2013 at 8pm. Fresh Inventions will premiere new works choreographed by company dancers Stephen James, Stephanie Krise, Brian Murphy and Or Sagi-Woodson. Also, featured on the program is the premiere of a new collaborative work, Warrior Project: Inspiration, between Verb Ballets and the Inspired Veterans Action Campaign (IVAC) funded by the Ohio Arts Council.

Former Akron area dancer, Christian Dollwet, a war veteran and founder of The Inspired Veteran Action Campaign, will facilitate and co-create the piece that tells the stories of five wounded warriors dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dollwet retired from the Air Force in 2011 after 21 years of service. Following his retirement from active duty, Dollwet returned to the service of his country and now works with the Department of the Army; deploying to Afghanistan as a contract pilot. After seeing the first hand effects of PTSD on others, Dollwet has returned to his artistic roots and is now exploring the benefits of arts based therapy in helping others learn to cope with their PTSD. "I met Chris when he studied dance at the University of Akron. I have followed his career and learned about his organization and how art can help the healing process. Bringing Chris into the studio gives him a chance to share some of the experiences of soldiers through dance," said Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson.

Other highlights from the program include works by company dancers. Brian Murphy has been a dancer with the company for six year and is excited to create a new ballet inspired by classical movement. “I enjoy dancing for Verb because they provide a range of opportunities as an artist, performer, and choreographer,” said Murphy about choreographing for Fresh Inventions. The light hearted full company work is featuring first movement of Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.

New dancer Stephen James has choreographed, The Raven, featuring the self-titled poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The work is one of the seven sections in the new rock ballet, The Masque, in collaboration with Shadowbox Live of Columbus to premiere at The Breen Center on November 8, 2013. The Masque is a new rock ballet that connects the stories of Poe’s, The Masque of the Red Death, with new music composed by the Shadowbox Live and original choreography by the Associate Director, Richard Dickinson and dancers of Verb Ballets.

Single tickets at $25 Center Preferred or $20 Side General Admission and $10 for Students and Veterans. Tickets are available by calling the Dobama Box Office at 216-932-6838 or online at dobama.org. The Dobama Theatre is located at 2340 Lee Road Cleveland Heights, OH 44118. For more information visit www.verbballets.org. 


Verb Ballets returns on stage at Akron Civic An evening of FUSE! Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Akron Civic Theatre will present Verb Ballets on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 8pm with cabaret seating on stage at the historic theatre. The program will highlight the next generation of African American choreographers, Tommie-Waheed Evans and Antonio Brown, while honoring late choreographer, Heinz Poll. “Verb’s focus this season is to serve as a catalyst for new art by investing in contemporary choreographers,” said Dr. Margaret Carlson, Director. Verb Ballets’ 2013-14 season FUSE! features an eclectic collection of choreographers with work that blends dance, culture and music.

This show highlights the evolution of contemporary choreography over the past 35 years. Verb Ballets commissioned two new contemporary works in 2013 that meld 20th century dance techniques. Poll was known to forge new ideas in neoclassical ballet and reinterpret his modern influences into his work. Juxtaposing these works highlights how artists depict and build on the ideas of predecessors to create a unique personal signature.

On the program is Passing By (2013) choreographed by Antonio Brown. The contemporary work intertwines patterns and bodies for a visually dynamic performance. Brown is from Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his dance training at the Cleveland School of the Arts. He received his BFA from Juilliard School and is now a dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Verb Ballets also revived the neo classical pas de deux by Poll, Andante Sostenuto (1988) danced to the second movement of Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 2. Returning on the program will be Duet choreographed by Poll in 1979. Poll choreographed Duet in the neoclassical style of George Balanchine, regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in ballet.

Evans returned to Verb Ballets this summer to create a new contemporary work, Dark Matter (2013). Evans is currently a dancer with PHILADANCO! and founder of Waheed-Works. As a graduate of the Ailey School he has also danced with Lula Washington Dance Theater and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.  His new work requires percussive driving energy and athleticism of the dancers.

This performance is supported through the generosity of the Akron Community Foundation. Single tickets at $25 each are available by calling the Akron Civic Box Office at 330-253-2488 or online at akroncivic.com. Akron Civic Theatre is located at 182 South Main Street Akron, Ohio 44308. For more information visit www.verbballets.org. 


Verb Ballets Cain Park Summer Series Saturday, August 3rd, 8pm featuring two new company works

CLEVELAND, OH (July 22, 2013) – Verb Ballets returns to the Cain Park Evans Amphitheater on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at 8pm. The 2013-14 season will fuse the elements of culture, dance and music for an exciting season of premieres. This show at Cain Park will highlight the next generation of emerging choreographers, Daryl Gray, Tommie-Waheed Evans and Antonio Brown while honoring late choreographer, Heinz Poll, who forged the path for new ideas in dance. “Verb Ballets thrives on performing repertory by notable choreographers as well as collaborating with artists to create new work. We are excited to be opening our season, FUSE, at Cain Park,” said director of Verb Ballets, Dr. Margaret Carlson.

Tommie-Waheed Evans, a dancer with PHILADANCO! and founder of Waheed-Works, returns to Verb Ballets with a new contemporary work, Dark Matter. The Plain Dealer described Evans’ last piece as,”sleek encounters that brim with contrasting patterns and connections.” Evans new work requires percussive driving energy and athleticism of the dancers.

Hollywood choreographer, Daryl Gray, created a new work, Mozel Tov Mi Amigos, that intertwines the influences of Jewish and South American cultures. The work will feature the music of composer and Grammy award winner, Larry Harlow, known for his fusion of New York jazz and Puerto Rican salsa. Fusing the elements of music Gray will explore combinations of sounds that evolved from the Jews who fled the expulsions and inquisitions of Spain and Portugal to the New World.

Verb Ballets will revive the neo classical pas de deux by Heinz Poll, Andante Sostenuto (1988) danced to the second movement of Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 2. “Poll’s - work’s floating lifts and seamless weaving of gestures casting a special spell,” Donald Rosenberg of the The Plain Dealer. Also on the program, Passing By (2013) choreographed by Antonio Brown, a dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. The contemporary work intertwines patterns and bodies for a visually dynamic performance.

Single tickets are $20-$24 and can be purchased by calling the Cain Park Box office at 216-371-3000 or online at cainpark.com. Cain Park is located at 14591 Superior Road Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118.

Verb Ballets will also be performing The Carnival of the Animals choreographed by Richard Dickinson at Cain Park's Kids Matinee Series on Friday, August 2, 2013, at 1pm. The Carnival of the Animals has been acclaimed as the perfect introductory classical piece for young children ages 3-11. During this 30-minute ballet, costumed dancers delight children through movements inspired by the animals they portray. Dickinson has taken the music of Saint-Saens and uses it to tell the story of the Cuckoo Bird who is made fun of by the different animals. They learn to appreciate each other's differences as the beautiful Swan teaches tolerance and acceptance followed by a grand carnival ending the ballet. The animals include lions, hens and roosters, turtles, elephants, kangaroos, a school of fish, a flock of birds and more! Single tickets available $4/Child or $7/Adult by calling the Cain Park Box office at 216-371-3000 or online at cainpark.com.


Verb Ballets to participate in Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival Two free public performances on July 26 & 27, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH (June 25, 2013) – Verb Ballets returns to Akron this summer for the Heinz Poll Summer Dance on July 26 & 27, 2013. The program will highlight the late choreographer Heinz Poll and his legacy through works created for the Ohio Ballet and features work by former Ohio Ballet dancer, Richard Dickinson and Antonio Brown of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. “We are honored to participate in the dance festival and uphold Heinz Poll’s legacy through his work we continue to perform for the community,” said director of Verb Ballets, Dr. Margaret Carlson.

The show will feature the exuberant big-band piece by Poll, Eight By Benny Goodman. This will get feet tappin' to sounds of the master, Benny Goodman. This piece was created for Ohio Ballet in 1993. Dickinson, Verb Ballets’ Rehearsal Director, was with the Ohio Ballet for twelve years as a principal dancer and the ballet master. Dickinson danced every male role in the piece during his career with Ohio Ballet and for this reason Poll granted the rights of the piece to him. “Heinz Poll loved Marlene Dietrich and that whole period of her movies. Eight by Benny Goodman was a response to his love of the glamour of the times,” said Dickinson. Verb's performance of the feel good piece was noted as: "To anyone who is a fan of the dance movies of the Thirties this series of musical numbers was a sheer delight. The couples were seemingly wedded to each other, the group dances were a symposium of synchronicity—much to everyone’s delight," Mark Horning of the Examiner.com.

Also on the program is Dickinson’s ballet about loss and longing, set to Richard Strauss’ haunting Four Last Songs (2013). This piece interprets the haunting melodies of Strauss' last work and the writings of the poets, Hermann Hesse and Joseph von Eichendorff. Dickinson's work explores the story lines in the beauty and gracefulness of the four songs.  Kerry Clawson of The Akron Beacon Journal described the story of the ballet as, “the emotional intensity - about the cycles of life and loss set to the music of Richard Strauss, complete with sorrowful soprano vocals. Most intense was a final duet - struggling to keep her in the land of the living.”
Verb Ballets will revive Passing By (2013) choreographed by Antonio Brown, a dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Donald Rosenberg of The Plain Dealer described the piece as, "generous command of a dynamic movement language.” The modern work in a non-stop modern work intertwines patterns and bodies for a visually dynamic performance.
Verb Ballets will perform in Heinz Poll Summer Dance performance on July 26 & 27, 2013 and performance venue to be all performances are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.verbballets.org. 


Verb Returns to Twinsburg with Night Moves July 19, 2013 at Perici Amphitheatre at Glenn Chamberlin Park

CLEVELAND, OH (June 25, 2013) – Verb Ballets is pleased to return to Perici Amphitheatre at Glenn Chamberlin Park in Twinsburg on Saturday, July 19, 2013, at 8:30pm. After a successful inauguration of Night Moves, a cultural collaboration between Twinsburg, Aurora, Hudson, Streetsboro and Solon Center for the Arts, it returns to create a magical dance presentation under the stars. “Through this collaboration Night Moves has made it possible to bring the highest caliber artistic talent in our region to our residents right in their backyards at an affordable price,” stated Derek Schroeder, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Twinsburg. In addition there will be a pre-show performance from 7:00-8:00pm featuring students from local dance studios.

Featured on the evening's program is Carmen: Story of Passion (2012) choreographed by Richard Dickinson (Ohio Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Boston Ballet). Verb’s new rendition of the original 19th century opera proves to be exciting as audiences see obsession driving the characters to desperate acts of desire. Donald Rosenberg of The Plain Dealer described the remake of the classic as; "Dickinson has created subtle variations on the story that bring the characters and situations into fresh focus." The audiences watch the ballet unfold on stage as multiple story lines entwine for this love saga.

Also, on the program will be previews of Verb Ballets newest ballets choreographed by noted Hollywood choreographer, Daryl Gray and Tommie-Waheed Evans of PHILADANCO! Gray’s work explores Latin musician, Larry Harlow’s, Cuban salsa sounds. Dance Magazine described Gray’s work as, “stunningly original.” Tommie-Waheed Evans is founder of Waheed-Works. The Philadelphia Tribune described his works as, "Evans' (choreography is) creative and challenging - while conveying his emotional message.”

Night Moves Adult Lawn Tickets (ages 16 and up) are $10 and Youth Lawn Tickets (15 and younger) $5. Blue Canyon VIP Floor seats are available for $30 and include pre-reception from 6:00-7:00pm with wine tasting, appetizers, and event souvenir. Tickets can be purchased by calling 330.963.8722, online at www.twinsburgrecreation.com or in person at the Twinsburg Community Center located at 10260 Ravenna Road Twinsburg, OH  44087. Doors open at 6:00pm for food and drink sales. Pre-show performance by local students at 7:00pm and Verb Ballets performance will begin at 8:30pm. Award-winning Blue Canyon Kitchen Tavern will sponsor and service the wine deck. Outside food and beverages are not permitted. Guests on the lawn are invited to bring blankets and/or a chair. Perici Amphitheatre at Glenn Chamberlin Park is located 10260 Ravenna Rd. Twinsburg, OH 44087. Inclement weather location – Twinsburg High School.


Verb Ballets Announces the 2013-14 Season FUSE! will ignite contemporary dance

CLEVELAND, OH (June 24, 2013) – For the 2013-14 season, Verb Ballets will present a season to ignite audiences featuring an eclectic collection of choreographers. Aptly named FUSE! the season will present eight world premieres as artists creatively interpret the meaning of fuse and how it relates to dance, culture and music. The season is showcasing the strength of Verb Ballets through unique and diverse programming. “Verb’s focus this season is to serve as a catalyst for new art by investing in contemporary choreographers. This year we are excited to not only work with wonderful choreographers but artists and community groups to bring stories and culture to life through dance,” said Dr. Margaret Carlson, Director.
Verb Ballets returns to the Cain Park Evans Amphitheater on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 8pm. This show at Cain Park will highlight the current generation of choreographers, Daryl Gray, Tommie-Waheed Evans and Antonio Brown, while continuing to honor the late choreographer, Heinz Poll, who forged a path for new ideas in dance. Noted choreographer, Daryl Gray, will create a world premiere ballet that explores Latin musician, Larry Harlow’s Cuban salsa sounds. Dance Magazine described Gray’s work as “stunningly original.” Tommie-Waheed Evans, a dancer with PHILADANCO! and founder of Waheed-Works, returns to Verb Ballets to create a new work featuring his powerful contrasting patterns and connections. The company will revive Heinz Poll’s Andante Sostenuto for the Cain Park performance. Back by popular demand is the non-stop modern work, Passing By (2013), choreographed by Antonio Brown, a dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Verb Ballets will also be performing The Carnival of the Animals choreographed by Richard Dickinson at Cain Park's Kids Matinee Series on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 1pm.

Also this summer Verb Ballets returns to Glenn Chamberlin Park in Twinsburg for Night Moves on July 19, 2013 at 8:30pm. Verb Ballets will be performing in the Heinz Poll Summer Dance at Hardesty Park in Akron on July 26 & 27, 2013 at 8:45pm. And will participate in the Arts in August at Lincoln Park in Tremont on August 10, 2013 at 8:30pm.

Verb Ballets is honored to return to The Akron Civic Theatre on September 27 or 28, 2013 at 8pm with intimate cabaret seating on stage at the historic theatre. The program will include Andante Sostenuto (1988), the contemporary duet set to Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 2 choreographed by Heinz Poll. “Poll's heightened musicality reaps lustrous Classical rewards, the work's floating lifts and seamless weaving of gestures casting a special spell,” Donald Rosenberg of The Plain Dealer.

Verb Ballets makes its debut at Dobama Theatre for a show that will provoke an examination of our contemporary world through dance with Fresh Inventions on October 11 and 12, 2013 at 8pm. Fresh Inventions will premiere new work choreographed by company dancers. Also featured on the program is the premiere of a new collaborative work between Verb Ballets and the Inspired Veterans Action Campaign (IVAC) funded by the Ohio Arts Council. Christian Dollwet, a war veteran and founder of The Inspired Veteran Action Campaign, will facilitate and co-create the piece that tells the stories of five wounded warriors dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

This fall Verb Ballets will partner with Shadowbox Live Theatre of Columbus to premiere a rock ballet, The Masque, at The Breen Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 8, 2013. The Masque is a new full length work intertwining the stories of Edgar Allan Poe in new music composed by the Shadowbox Live team. In full punk regalia, the ballet begins with Poe’s, The Masque of the Red Death and then moves from room to room of a big castle as each story is unveiled.

In honor of Black History Month, Verb Ballets will present two world premieres and a revival on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at The Breen Center for the Performing Arts. The program includes a world premiere ballet by William Anthony of Denmark choreographed to Bach music. Then, the choreography is repeated to African drumming led by Linda Thomas Jones (musician-professional name is Awo Fasi Irunsewe) and community members. This new ballet will juxtapose the kinetic patterns through their applicability of two culturally distant forms of music, demonstrate universal qualities that tie all forms of music and dance together. Verb Ballets will revive The Gathering choreographed by Terence Greene that explores relationships and the value of family. Greene is director of Greene Works and Director of the Dance Program at Cleveland School of the Arts. Also, on the program is the world premiere of a work by Richard Dickinson set to a country western theme.

Verb Ballets is pleased to close the season by participating in DanceWorks ’14 on May 1-3, 2014 at Cleveland Public Theatre. This show will feature the work of Creative Fusion Artist in Residence, Ngo Thanh Phuong, funded through The Cleveland Foundation. Ms. Ngo will be working with Verb Ballets during a three-month residency to develop new work and share a contemporary view of Vietnamese culture with the company and community. Verb Ballets will be working with organizations to engage Ms. Ngo in interactive community learning workshops. Also on the program will be a new work by the contemporary artist, Sara Whale. Whale is a resident teacher with Verb Ballets and on faculty at Baldwin Wallace University. Her style is innovative and uniquely original while rooted in elements of contemporary dance.

Season packages will be available beginning July 1, 2013, with pre-sale discounts. Packages include up to 25% off single ticket prices, preferred seating at all performances, guaranteed seating to sold out shows, special invitations to Verb Ballets events and exclusive in-studio viewings. Ticket packages can be purchased by calling Verb Ballets office at 216.397.3757 or online at verbballets.org.

Also, beginning with the 2013-14 season Richard Dickinson will assume the newly created position of Associate Director. In his new role he is responsible for overseeing the development of the dancers and assisting in notating and restaging works. He brings to Verb Ballets over 25 years of experience working with professional ballet companies including Ohio Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Boston Ballet II. In addition to working in the studios, he will be facilitating Verb’s education and outreach programs. Through the support of The Cleveland Foundation, Verb Ballets has developed a permanent position of Community Engagement. J. Garlando has worked with the organization over the past three years and will continue to grow the depth of the position. This role has been the liaison to our audience, community and media to share Verb Ballets’ passion in contemporary dance, utilizing and expanding new media while refocusing traditional marketing tools to increase awareness and grow a broader audience base in Northeast Ohio.

Verb Ballets is happy to provide high res photos and videos of repertory for publicity please email for requests.

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Verb Ballets ignites audience passion and participation in contemporary dance. Under the leadership of Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson, Verb Ballets strives to support and foster emerging talent, to present excellence in contemporary choreographers, and to revive and honor modern dance classics.