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Dayton Ballet Features the Works of Three Choreographers and the Music of Two Classical Composers plus a World Premiere


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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Dayton Ballet / Dayton Opera / Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
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DAYTON, OH (January 31, 2014) – On Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14 at 8pm; Saturday, February 15 at 3 pm and 8 pm; and Sunday, February 16 at 3 pm at the Victoria Theatre, Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke and the Dayton Ballet will present "Diversity in Dance" featuring ballets choreographed by Karen Russo Burke, Susanne Payne, and the late Gerald Arpino, with Ballet Master Charthel Arthur as Répétiteur.

The evening will begin with a ballet entitled Reflections, choreographed by the late Gerald Arpino and presented by Charthel Arthur, Ballet Master and Head of The Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation. Reflections is a neoclassical, pure dance ballet with Gerald Arpino's signature style of high lifts and fast pace, set to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for Violoncello and Orchestra. Succeeding Robert Joffrey of The Joffrey Ballet, which he co-founded, American dancer and choreographer Gerald Arpino spent the last 20 years of his life as its artistic director. Arpino was inspired to create this romantic and sensual piece after a visit to Russia where he experienced first-hand the passion of the Russian dancers for their artistry. Three male dancers and seven female dancers will take the stage in a physically challenging performance in which each female dancer is highlighted within a technical variation in the music, combined with three enchanting pas de deux.

The program will continue with a World Premiere of a powerful new all-male work entitled Dreams of Flight, choreographed by Susanne Payne, a graduate of Wright State University and winner of Dayton Ballet's 2009 "New Music for New Dance" competition. The presentation of this piece is sponsored by The Dermot Burke Premiere Fund. In this performance, nine men will fill the stage, with decidedly contemporary movement, raw energy, and pure power, combined with exciting lifts, athletic floor work, technical mastery, and unique partnering. “Loosely inspired by ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho, Dreams of Flight is a rigorously athletic contemporary ballet that consists of seven parts,” says Choreographer Susanne Payne. “The work depicts the magical experiences, realizations, and lessons learned when one truly commits to the pursuit of a dream.”

Finally, romance will transform into tragedy in Butterfly Suite, Karen Russo Burke’s ballet based on the 1898 short story Madame Butterfly by John Luther Long and immortalized by Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera. In this ballet, Burke makes captivating use of silks in different colors to symbolize aspects of the beautiful tragedy on stage, entwining Butterfly in a culmination of the course of the events in her life and the emotions that overtake her, leading to her demise. Karen Russo Burke is thrilled to be bringing this production back to the stage once again at the Victoria Theatre. “A new cast of dancers brings new energy and interpretation to the story rich with tradition and emotion,” explains Burke. “The same story as Puccini’s masterful opera is brought to life not through the power of voice, but through the eloquence of dance.”

For each performance, Ms. Burke will conduct a pre-performance talk for ticketholders 45-minutes prior to curtain time in the Burnell Roberts Room at 126 North Main Street, beside the Victoria Theatre, and a Q&A with dancers will follow each performance in the theatre. Pre- and post-performance talks are free of charge for all ticketholders.

Tickets for "Diversity in Dance" are $20 to $70 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office.

About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.

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