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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Verb Ballet Show Goes On

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM

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In case you had been wondering what happened to last Friday's Verb Ballet's performance, here's an update straight from the source:

The previously scheduled Friday, September 23 performance of Verb Ballets at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of St. Ignatius High School, has been rescheduled for Friday, September 30, 2011. A power failure affected the theatrical lighting system; work immediately began to correct the issue, but when it became apparent the problem could not be resolved before show time, the Breen Center’s staff made plans to reschedule the show for this coming Friday.

“Due to the diligence of the Breen and Verb staff, we were able to come up with a detailed plan to reschedule our American Lore show, and inform patrons of their options. While not an ideal situation, Verb and the Breen are forging ahead with Verb’s world premiere Billy the Kid and two revivals, one of which is the work of Martha Graham. We are excited to present this show and the lovely music that accompanies these dances, the works of Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein,” says Dr. Margaret Carlson, Director of Verb Ballets.

Verb Ballets' 2011 — 2012 season theme is “Dances tell our stories.". The rescheduled American Lore show celebrates great tales and the act of storytelling as community builder. America in particular is a land rich with stories, a place for rebels and pioneers. Add in distinctive American music for a night of legends from Verb. Returning to the beautiful Breen Center for the Performing Arts in historic Ohio City (corner of W. 30th St. & Lorain Ave.), the company highlights the Dean of American Composers, Aaron Copland. In the World Premiere “Billy the Kid,” Broadway choreographer Ginger Thatcher presents a contemporized take, based on the life of immigrants in New York City. Also featured is a company revival of Martha Graham’s “Appalachian Spring” (1944), a breathtaking look at the aspirations of America’s pioneers by the mother of modern dance. Finally, in remembrance of the victims of 9/11, the company turns to American composer Leonard Bernstein in the company revival of “Chichester Psalms” (2003), choreographed by Hernando Cortez.

Advanced preferred seating is $28, general admission is $20, with a $10 student rate, and is available by calling the Verb Ballets box office at 216.397.3757, or by ordering online at www.verbballets.org. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the performance. The theatre is located in the historic Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland (Lorain Ave. at W. 30th St., 44113), just a short walk from many great restaurants. Free parking is available at the theatre. — from Dan Kilbane, spokeman for Verb Ballets

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