Two dance companies will make their local debuts and an array of
dance styles is set to inhabit Northeast Ohio stages during
DanceCleveland's 2011-12 season -- its 55th.
Six companies from the United States and abroad will perform at
Blossom Music Center, E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron and the Ohio and State
theaters in PlayhouseSquare under the auspices of the Cleveland
To accommodate dance-goers young and older, DanceCleveland is adding matinees to three of the engagements.
The series will begin with the third annual Blossom collaboration of
the Joffrey Ballet, which is based in Chicago, and the Cleveland
Orchestra, led by Tito Mu2/3oz.
The performances Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, will include
George Balanchine's "Stravinsky Violin Concerto" and "Tchaikovsky Pas
de Deux," and Christopher Wheeldon's "After the Rain," set to music by
Arvo P rt. DanceCleveland subscribers may add Joffrey performances to
their season subscriptions.
Momix, the popular company of dancer-illusionists directed by Moses
Pendleton, will appear Saturday, Oct. 1, at Thomas Hall in the fifth
year of a collaboration between the hall, DanceCleveland and the
University of Akron. The company will perform Pendleton's "Botanica," a
full-length work about the seasons with costumes, projections and props
by award-winning designer Michael Curry.
New York-based Aszure Barton and Artists will make their Cleveland
debut Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Ohio Theatre with a program featuring
Canadian-born artistic director Barton's "Busk," a look at street
performers set to Gypsy and choral music.
Another acclaimed debuting troupe, Israel's Inbal Pinto &
Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, will appear Saturday, Jan. 28, and
Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Ohio Theatre.
The company's 12 dancer-actors will perform "Oyster," a full-length
work combining Fellini-esque imagery and the influence of Pina Bausch in
a narrative blend of ballet, contemporary dance, mime and acrobatics.
The score is a stew of genres and styles, from opera ("I Pagliacci") and
tango (Piazzolla) to Harry James, Yma Sumac and Tuvan throat singers.
Ballet Memphis, a 19-member company celebrating its 25th season, will
give performances Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, at the Ohio
Theatre. On the program will be Trey McIntyre's "In Dreams," set to
music by Roy Orbison; Jane Comfort's "S'epanouir,"with music by Kirk
Whalum; Steven McMahon's "Being Here," danced to Beethoven's Violin
Concerto; and Julia Adams' "Curtain of Green," based on the story by
The season will end Friday, May 4, through Sunday, May 6, with three
performances at the State Theatre by the Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theater, which next season welcomes a new artistic director, Robert
Battle. The company last performed in Cleveland in 2009.
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