Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dance Preview, April/May 2009

VerbBallets, Alvin Ailey and CPT’s Dance Works ’09

There’s going to be a lot of dancing goin’ on in Cleveland in the next month. Verb Ballets, Alvin Alley American Dance Theatre and Cleveland Public Theatre’s ‘DANCE WORKS ‘09’ will be populating various area stages.

VERB BALLETS Gets In The Groove!

Verb Ballets, Cleveland’s National Repertory Dance Company, returns to Play House’s FusionFest for a two-night stand that highlights the company’s season of collaborations, called ‘IN THE GROOVE!’

New works from nationally respected choreographers Dianne McIntyre, Michael Medcalf, and Ulysses Dove will be showcased.

Performances take place May 1 and 2, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Play House.

Reserved seats are available by calling 216-795-7000 or through


A notable event is taking place in Cleveland mid-May. The ‘ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR’ comes to Playhouse Square May 15-17, 2009 at the State Theatre.

The company is presented by PlayhouseSquare in partnership with DANCECleveland.

The program, featuring excerpts of over a dozen ballets spanning each decade of Alvin Ailey’s career, includes beloved works as well as rare gems not seen in three decades. Beginning with Blues Suite, the dance that launched the company in 1958, to Opus McShann, his final piece thirty years later, and closing with the classic Revelations, this retrospective demonstrates the range and resonance of one man’s genius.

For tickets, which range in price from $10 to $70, call 216-241-6000 or go on-line to

DanceWorks 09 at Cleveland Public Theatre

April 23 - April 26
Inlet Dance Theatre
Acclaimed both locally and internationally, Inlet Dance Theatre's accessible and powerful signature choreography speaks about the human condition. Repertory for the engagement features world premieres including a work based on the company's recent global travels, along with a remounting of the heartfelt Memoriate.

April 30 - May 3
Antaeus Dance
Directed and choreographed by Joan Meggitt, the company presents Molt, which explores the transformation that results from stripping away undesirable habits and patterns to reveal the essence of the individual.

May 7 - May 10
Ohio Dance Theatre
Choreographed by Denise Gula, Ohio Dance Theatre premieres Silent Witness, a multimedia work that reveals the darkness of the human soul, by honoring victims of domestic violence. Also presented is Spindrift, a contemporary ballet performed to the music of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

May 14 - May 17
Double-Edge Dance
XspanD is a series of solos and duets formed around the spans of time, memory and relationships. Choreographed by Kora Radella, Julie Brodie and Balinda Craig-Quijada, the pieces are danced to new music composed by Ross Feller and performed by violinist Dorothy Martirano and bassist Armand Beaudion.

May 21 - May 24
Open Window Dance Company
Choreography by Tammy Metz Starr, Coloring Pages, uses IWDC’s unique approach to painting the stage with dances drawn from Asian movement forms.

For tickets to all DanceWorks 09 performances, call 216-631-2727, x501