2014-15 Press Releases

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Verb Ballets debuts in Green

CLEVELAND, OH (September 29, 2014) – Verb Ballets debuts at Green High School on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8:00pm. Verb Ballets will present an evening of versatile works that the push the envelope of classical dance in a new way. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, Director and Richard Dickinson, MFA, Associate Director, the company is comprised of eight classically trained dancers that pair grace with athleticism.

Featured on the program is Similar by Anthony Krutzkamp. Krutzkamp was a principal dancer with Cincinnati Ballet. He is now on to the next phase of his career as a choreographer and the Co-Artistic Director for Kansas City Dance Festival. This contemporary ballet was originally set on Kansas City Ballet. Verb Ballets’ company premiere of the work was described by The Plain Dealer as, “highly refined steps and streamlined gestures based in classical ballet movements find a new application and great emotional depth.”

Returning to the stage is Passing By choreographed by Antonio Brown, a dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. His contemporary work intertwines patterns and bodies for a visually vivacious performance. The pulsating electronic music is entrancing as dancers dynamically move through puddles of light. Not to be missed is Dark Matter by Tommie-Waheed Evans, which requires percussive driving energy and athleticism of the dancers in this urban style contemporary work. Evans is currently a dancer with PHILADANCO! and founder of Waheed-Works. The show will also feature a series of duets from the Verb Ballets repertory including two by Ohio Ballet founder, Heinz Poll. Each duet has been selected to highlight the dancers and showcase their technical abilities.

Single tickets are $10 Students, $18 Adults pre-sale and $20 Adults the day of the show. Senior discount available. Tickets can be purchased online at verbballets.org or in person at the Green High School box office the evening of the performance starting at 6:30pm. The show is general admission, with all seating on a first come, first serve basis. Doors to the theatre open at 7:30pm. Green High School is located 1474 Boettler Rd, Uniontown, OH 44685.

All programs and artists are subject to change. Photos from Verb Ballets’ repertory and season choreographers available upon request.

Verb Ballets returns to Twinsburg with Night Moves

CLEVELAND, OH (September 10, 2014) Verb Ballets is honored to return to Night Moves, a cultural collaboration between Twinsburg, Aurora, Hudson, Streetsboro and Solon Center for the Arts at Twinsburg High School on Friday, September 26, 2014, at 7:30pm. Verb Ballets will present a family friendly evening of works that features the classically trained dancers performing fresh contemporary choreography. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, Director and Richard Dickinson, MFA, Associate Director, the company will highlight the fun, beauty and power in dance that can be appreciated by both new audience members and dance enthusiasts.

“Through the generosity of Ohio Arts Council and Medical Mutual we are pleased to present Night Moves featuring Verb Ballets. This gift to the community allows us to present the professional company to our residents at the cost of a movie ticket,” stated Derek Schroeder, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Twinsburg.

The evening will feature the light hearted ballet, Cowboy Soul, choreographed by Richard Dickinson, which combines the swagger of John Wayne with the discipline of classical ballet to the instrumental versions of the greatest cowboy songs. Contra Con, choreographed by William Anthony, has been noted for crisp balletic movements full of symmetry and is a visual feast in red costumes. Not to be missed is Dark Matter by Tommie-Waheed Evans, which requires percussive driving energy and athleticism of the dancers in this urban style contemporary work. Plus a classical duet in store for the program. Sharing the stage that evening with Verb Ballets will be appearance by Sharon’s School of Dance.

Night Moves Adult Tickets (ages 16 and up) are $8 and Youth Tickets (15 and younger) are free. Blue Canyon VIP Tickets are available for $30 which include reception and priority seating. Tickets can be purchased by calling 330.963.8722, online at www.twinsburgrecreation.com or in person at the Twinsburg Community Center located at 10260 Ravenna Road Twinsburg, OH  44087. Doors to the theatre open at 6:30pm. Twinsburg High School is located 10084 Ravenna Road Twinsburg, OH  44087.

All programs and artists are subject to change. Photos from Verb Ballets’ repertory and season choreographers available upon request.

Verb Ballets returns to Tremont's Arts in August on Friday

CLEVELAND, OH (August 1, 2014) - Verb Ballets returns to Lincoln Park in Tremont on Friday August 8, 2014 at 8:30pm. This free performance is open to the public as part of Arts in August presented by Tremont West Development Corporation, LAND Studio, Cleveland Public Theatre and Councilperson, Joe Cimperman, Ward 3. Verb is honored to perform at Arts in August for their west side summer appearance. The program will push the envelope of classical dance in a way that each is appreciated by both new audience members and dance enthusiasts. 
 
This evening program highlights the fun, beauty and power in dance. The show will features a series of duets from the Verb Ballets repertory. Each duet has been selected to highlight different dancers and showcase the technical abilities of each. Also, to reappear Dark Matter choreographed by Tommie-Waheed Evans returns to the stage with percussive driving energy and athleticism of the dancers. Plus other contemporary works in store on the program.
 
The mission of Arts in August is to expose the people of Tremont, Greater Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to the beauty and positive influence of the arts. Furthermore, it is our solid purpose to provide this exposure free of cost! Arts in August is a unique performance series. The four presenters include three nonprofits and a City Councilman; a true collaboration of unique partners. The four partnering presenters aim to specialize in building community in both the social and physical realms.  Tremont West, LAND Studio, Cleveland Public Theatre and Councilman Joe Cimperman hold values in community and know the value in bringing the community together. What better way is there to bring a community together but around the arts!
 
Lincoln Park is located at W. 14th and Starkweather in Tremont. Guests are invited to bring blankets and/or a chair.

 All programs and artists are subject to change. Photos from Verb Ballets' repertory and season choreographers available upon request.

Verb Ballets Cain Park Summer Series

CLEVELAND, OH – Verb Ballets returns to the Cain Park Evans Amphitheater on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 8pm for a captivating summer series. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, Director and Richard Dickinson, MFA, Associate Director, the company will push the envelope of classical dance in a way that each is appreciated by both new audience members and dance enthusiasts.

Featured on the program will be the company premiere of Similar by Anthony Krutzkamp. His works have been noted as, “innovative and organic, producing a dynamic, fresh take on contemporary dance.” Mr. Krutzkamp danced as a principal dancer with Cincinnati Ballet. Nationally he has also made guest appearances and worked in conjunction with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Ballet Met, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Piedmont Dance Theater, Dance St. Louis, Alexandria Ballet, Company Dance Traverse, Hampton Roads Civic Ballet, Rochester City Ballet, and Charleston Ballet. He is now on to the next phase of his career as a choreographer and the Co-Artistic Director for Kansas City Dance Festival. The ballet was originally set on Kansas City Ballet and Verb Ballets is honored to add his work to the season collection of repertory.

Also to reappear on stage is Dark Matter by Tommie-Waheed Evans which is the fierce, nonstop dance which CoolCleveland described as, “an exuberant musical visualization in African-American dance style.” A new version of Contra Con choreographed by William Anthony will also be featured. This ballet is noted for crisp balletic movements full of symmetry set to the elegant signature composition by set to J.S. Bach. Plus a classical duet in store for the program.

Single tickets are $20-$28 and can be purchased by calling the Cain Park Box office at 216-371-3000 or online at cainpark.com.
Verb Ballets will also be performing at Cain Park's Kids Matinee Series on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 1pm. Enjoy Shape Imagination, a playful journey in search of lines, shapes, and angles. Utilizing music from orchestral to operatic, dancers do vigorous lifts, jumps, and turns while handling delicate, brightly colored balloons. This will be followed by an interactive section with WiggleWords, Verb’s dance and literacy program. A short excerpt from a piece on the evening program will complete the matinee program. During this short show families will get to learn about move their dancing feet and stretch their imaginations. This show is a perfect afternoon for all ages! Single tickets available $5/Child or $8/Adult by calling the Cain Park Box office at 216-371-3000 or online at cainpark.com.

Cain Park is located at 14591 Superior Road Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118.

Other Summer Appearances
And, Verb Ballets is pleased to return to Arts in August at Lincoln Park in Tremont on August 8, 2014 at 8:30pm. Verb Ballets will also make a special appearance at the Gay Games on August 15, 2014.

Verb Ballets Announces the 2014-15 Season Highlighting fresh innovative contemporary works

CLEVELAND, OH (June 19, 2014) – For the 2014-15 season, Verb Ballets will present a season of fresh and innovative works that highlight the classically trained dancers with cutting edge contemporary choreography. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, the company will continue to present and inspire a diverse array of contemporary choreographers while honoring modern dance legend Martha Graham with the Lamentation Variations project this winter. Verb’s focus is to push the envelope of classical dance in a way that each is appreciated by both new audience members and dance enthusiasts. The company strives to be a thought leader in cultivating dance appreciation and support through education and outreach programs in our community. In growing audience appreciation for dance, Verb Ballets enhances the vibrant arts scene in Northeast Ohio.

Cain Park Evans Amphitheater on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8pm
Verb Ballets returns to Cain Park for a captivating summer series. Featured on the program will be the company premiere of Similar by former Cincinnati Ballet principal and Co-Artistic Director for Kansas City Dance Festival, Anthony Krutzkamp. His works have been noted as, “innovative and organic, producing a dynamic, fresh take on contemporary dance.” Also to reappear on stage is Dark Matter by Tommie-Waheed Evans which is the fierce, nonstop dance which CoolCleveland described as, “an exuberant musical visualization in African-American dance style.” Other contemporary classics are in store for the program. Verb Ballets will also be performing at Cain Park's Kids Matinee Series on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1pm. Enjoy Shape Imagination, a playful journey in search of lines, shapes, and angles. Utilizing music from orchestral to operatic, dancers do vigorous lifts, jumps, and turns while handling delicate, brightly colored balloons. This will be followed by an interactive section with WiggleWords, Verb’s dance and literacy program. A short excerpt from a piece on the evening program will complete the matinee program.

Other Summer Appearances
Verb Ballets will perform at the Springfield Arts Council Summer Arts Festival on June 25, 2014 for a double bill with Dancing Wheels. Verb Ballets will make a special appearance at The Greene Works Project presentation of Dance on the Edge at Tri-C Eastern Campus in the Main Theater on July 13, 2014. Also this summer, Verb Ballets will tour to Pennsylvania for Arts on the Allegheny on July 19, 2014. And, Verb Ballets is pleased to return to Arts in August at Lincoln Park in Tremont on August 8, 2014 at 8:30pm. Verb Ballets will also make a special appearance at the Gay Games on August 15, 2014.

Twinsburg High School on September 26, 2014 at 8pm
Verb Ballets will debut at Twinsburg High School, continuing our partnership with The City of Twinsburg. The evening will feature the light hearted ballet, Cowboy Soul, by Richard Dickinson which combines the swagger of John Wayne with the discipline of classical ballet to the instrumental versions of the greatest cowboy songs. A new version of Contra Con choreographed by William Anthony set to J.S. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor (BWV 1052) will also be featured. This ballet is noted for crisp balletic movements full of symmetry set to the elegant signature composition by Bach.

Other Fall Appearances
Verb Ballets will also present a debut performance at Green High School in October 2014. Verb Ballets will continue its partnership and return to The Akron Civic Theatre in the fall of 2014.

Breen Center for the Performing Arts on Friday & Saturday, February 20-21, 2015 at 8pm
Verb Ballets is honored to participate in the Lamentation Variations project for the winter production at The Breen Center. The Martha Graham Dance Company has selected Verb Ballets to participate in this ongoing creative project to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Lamentation in 2015. The project will produce three distinctive variations on this American masterpiece choreographed by Antonio Brown, Chung Fu Chang and Ginger Thatcher. The works will premiere in Cleveland and the project will then culminate with the company performing one variation in New York City on a shared program with the Graham Company in the first half of 2016. Also on the program is the world premiere ballet by Richard Dickinson performed to live music played by pianist Zsolt Bognár. Bognár's performances in America, Europe, and Asia have been praised as "overwhelmingly visceral...a phenomenal sound world realized through maximum palette.”

Other Winter Appearances
Verb Ballets is honored to be a community partner with The Cleveland Dance Movement and will perform at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Showcase on January 23-25, 2015. The Shaker Heights Arts Council will present Verb Ballets on January 30, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church. Verb Ballets will debut at the Olmsted Falls Performing Arts Center on February 28, 2015 and John Knox Presbyterian Church on April 24, 2015. Verb Ballets will also appear at The Akron Civic Theatre.

Cleveland Public Theatre DanceWorks’15 on April 16-18, 2015 at 7pm
Verb Ballets is pleased to close the season by participating in DanceWorks’15 from April 16-18, 2015 at Cleveland Public Theatre. Verb returns to CPT with the opportunity to focus on experimental work and push the boundaries of dance.

Company Developments
Verb Ballets is pleased to welcome new dancers Megan Buckley, Michael Hinton, Stephaen Hood, and Victor Jarvis. Megan Buckley is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She trained at Alexandra School of Ballet, ABT Summer Intensive workshops, Joffrey Ballet School and Nashville Ballet School. She has performed with Milwaukee Ballet 2, Portland Ballet, Thodos Dance Chicago and Alexandra Ballet. Stephaen Hood studied at Mid Atlantic Youth Ballet, Rock School For Dance Education and graduated from The University of The Arts (Philadelphia). He has danced with Poetic Xpression Dance Company, Carbon Dance Theater and Ballet Fleming. Michael Hinton is originally from Colorado. He studied at Ballet Nouveau Colorado then graduated from The School Of American Ballet. Victor Jarvis studied at School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet and graduated from The School of American Ballet. Jarvis comes from a family of dancers; his father, Bruce Jarvis, danced with the Ohio Ballet and his mother Lorna Jarvis, danced with National Ballet of Mexico. Verb Ballets is honored to welcome the new dancers to the company.

Dr. Margaret Carlson has been selected as part of the US delegation to attend the Internationale Tanzmesse 2014 in Düsseldorf this August. She will have the opportunity to network and connect with the international dance community. In addition, Carlson has also been commissioned to set Laura’s Women on Ballet Tucson.

To arrange interviews please email jgarlando@verbballets.org or call 216.397.3757. Photos and choreogpraher bios available upon request.

Verb Ballets is happy to provide high res photos and videos of repertory for publicity please email for requests.

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Verb Ballets ignites audience passion and participation in contemporary dance. Under the leadership of Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson, Verb Ballets strives to support and foster emerging talent, to present excellence in contemporary choreographers, and to revive and honor modern dance classics.