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April 8-10, 2022

Verb Ballets presents a powerful new work based on the Ancient Greek tragedy Antigone, choreographed by Philadelphia-based choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans. Evans is an award-winning choreographer and was recently selected as a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in choreography and is a recipient of a Princess Grace Award of Monte Carlo. Using his driving urban contemporary ballet movement aesthetic, Evans will synthesize the current political climate with the classical world of Antigone. By placing these ancient archetypes into the contemporary world, Antigone will challenge the status quo and the tension between action and fate will be met with a dynamic, original score. The production will makes its world premiere at the newly restored LaSalle Theatre on the East Side of Cleveland on April 8-10, 2022.   All guests are required to wear masks– regardless of vaccination status.

Photo: Susan Bestul


September 3, 2021 8:00pm


LaSalle Theatre
823 E. 185th St.
Cleveland, OH 44119


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Tommie-Waheed Evans


2021 Guggenheim Fellow Tommie-Waheed Evans is a queer black dance maker, born and raised in Los Angeles, California, amidst racial divide, gang warfare, and earthquakes. His work explores blackness, spirituality, queerness and liberation. He began his formal training with Karen McDonald before receiving a fellowship at the Ailey School, and a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University. He has toured and performed nationally and internationally as a company member of Lula Washington Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Philadanco. Since 2004, he has created more than 50 original dance works that range widely in scope, length, tone and subject matter. waheedworks, his Philadelphia based dance company, is the primary vehicle for his creative research. The company’s mission is to create a radically collaborative body of work that speaks to the human condition. His work brings together urban street dance styles and contemporary dance vocabulary through bold and raw movements propelled by gospel music and polyrhythmic sounds.

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