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Verb Ballets Summer Series Kicks Off

By June 6, 2018July 3rd, 2018No Comments

CLEVELAND, OH (June 25, 2018) – Verb Ballets showcases performances throughout Northeast Ohio this summer with captivating choreography and a passionate dance. The contemporary ballet company’s Summer Series include performances at Cain Park on June 29th, Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival on July 27-28th, Lakeside Chautauqua on August 4th with the Lakeside Symphony and at Tremont’s Arts in August on August 11th.

June 29, 2018 8:00pm 
Director’s Choice 
Cain Park Evans Amphitheater  
As a gift to the community, Verb Ballets returns to Cain Park Evans Amphitheater on Friday, June 29, 2018 for a free performance! This performance is made possible through a generous gift from Cleveland Heights residents and Verb Ballets’ board members, James D. Graham and David M. Dusek. Entitled Director’s Choice, Verb’s Directors have chosen their favorite works from the 2017-18 season as the final performance celebrating Verb’s 30th anniversary. Classical music enthusiasts will enjoy the choreographic inventiveness in Heinz Poll’s, Schubert Waltzes, played live by David Fisher, former Musical Director of the Ohio Ballet. The Verb Ballets dancers will dazzle in a display of classical technique full of speed and high spirits in Tarantella and in Tommie Waheed Evans’, Dark Matter, the dancers will awe you with the brilliance of their contemporary work. Verb Ballets dancer and choreographer, Michael Escovedo, remounts Broken Bridges in the telling of a family story of struggle with mental illness. The performance is FREE, and gates will open at 7:00pm for general admission. The performance is at 8:00PM. Cain Park is located at 14591 Superior Rd, Cleveland, OH 44118.

July 27-28, 2018 8:45PM    
Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival 
Firestone Park  
Verb Ballets returns to The Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival at Akron’s Firestone Park on July 27-28, 2018. These free community performances will showcase the company in classical selections and bold modern works. The program will feature K281 by internationally acclaimed choreographer Adam Hougland. The ballet epitomizes the musicality of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in B-flat major, K. 281. The epic music of Ravel’s Bolero comes to life in this visual masterpiece by Heinz Poll with a drive, propulsion and intensity that build with the famous crescendo. Verb Ballets remounts the striking contemporary ballet Aposiopesis by choreographer Charles Anderson.  Guests are invited to bring blankets and/or a chair. On stage children’s activities lead by Dance Institute starts at 7:45pm. Firestone Park is located at 1480 Girard St, Akron, Ohio 44301.

August 4, 2018 8:15pm  
Lakeside Chautauqua 
Verb Ballets performs with the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor John Gordon Ross at Lakeside Chautauqua in Hoover Auditorium on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 8:15 PM. The Verb Ballets dancers will dazzle in Ohio Ballet founder Poll’s Andante Sostenuto noted for its true expression of beauty and gorgeous pointe work. In the Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote by the great 19th century Russian choreographer Marius Petipa, the dancers will showcase their dazzling technique. Other selections of repertory to be performed with the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra are Tarentella, Broken Bridges and Aposiopesis. The performance is free with day passes to the Lakeside Chautauqua which are available for $23.50 for Adults and as always, kids age 12 & under and guests over age 90 are always free. Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated community located at 236 Walnut Avenue Lakeside, Ohio 43440.

August 11, 2018 8:30PM  
Tremont Arts in August  
Lincoln Park  
Verb Ballets returns to perform at Tremont’s Arts in August on Saturday, August 11, 2018. This free community performance at Lincoln Park will showcase Verb Ballets’ dynamic programming through bold artistry.  The Company will present the Cleveland debut of K281 by internationally acclaimed choreographer Adam Hougland. Verb Ballets remounts three variations inspired by Martha Graham’s iconic solo, Lamentation by nationally noted choreographers Antonio Brown (Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane), Chung-Fu Chang (Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre) and Ginger Thatcher (Lar Lubovitch Dance Company). Award-winning Philadelphia choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans’ work, Dark Matter is also featured. Guests are invited to bring blankets and/or a chair. Performance will start at 8:30pm. Lincoln Park, located at W. 14th and Starkweather in the heart of Tremont.

Photos or interviews available upon request by contacting  
Jennifer Garlando, Director of Marketing & PR 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 audiences. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, Producing Artistic Director and Richard Dickinson, MFA, Associate Artistic Director, the company will present a season that ignites passion in the energy, beauty and athleticism of dance. Critics have hailed Verb Ballets for its abilities to, “Dashing 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 was named by Dance Magazine as one of 25 dance companies in America to watch. Internationally acclaimed, the company has toured Cuba and Taiwan. As one of the oldest dance organizations in Northeast Ohio we proudly produce high caliber work and continue to connect with our communities through performance and outreach. Additional information can be found at www.verbballets.org.

Verb Ballets performances are made possible through the generous support of The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Shah Capital, Millie Carlson Trust, Peg’s Foundation, Lubrizol Foundation, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, The Akron Community Foundation, John P. Murphy Foundation, Nordson, Laub Foundation, Margaret Wong & Associates, St. Ignatius and Cedar Hill Communications.

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