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Valentine’s Day Weekend Marks Two World Premieres, One Dayton Premiere, and One Dayton Favorite as Dayton Ballet Presents Creative Convergence

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DAYTON, OH (January 26, 2015) – On Thursday, February 12 at 7:30 pm; Friday, February 13 at 8 pm; Saturday, February 14 at 8 pm; and Sunday, February 15 at 3 pm in the Victoria Theatre, the Dayton Ballet will present Creative Convergence, the third ballet of the 2014-2015 season. The Thursday evening performance of Creative Convergence includes a Pizza Prelude from Uno’s Pizzeria to be served in the Victoria lobby beginning at 7 pm. Associate Sponsor for this performance is the Harry A. and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund of the Dayton Foundation, and Supporting Sponsor is The Dermot Burke Premiere Fund.

Five Flights Up, a Dayton Ballet favorite, returns to the Victoria Theatre to begin the program with high energy and hearty entertainment. Choreographed by Stephen Mills, Five Flights Up has a true vaudeville flavor, with dancers costumed in 1930s-styled bathing suits.  The ballet is set to the fun, quirky music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, a band formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, NC, when the resurgence of swing music was taking the world by storm.  With the band’s eclectic fusion of Delta blues, jazz, and 1930s-era swing, the dancers deliver an action-packed, highly-entertaining ballet that is sure to be a ‘roaring good time.’

Then, You Are Here, choreographed by internationally acclaimed choreographer Gina Patterson, makes its Dayton Premiere, having had its World Premiere with Cincinnati Ballet in September 2013.  You Are Here is an emotional ballet that works to convey the pulling sense of loss and human determination. says of the 2013 You Are Here premiere that Gina Patterson begins the ballet quietly, but then “…kicks the work into a higher emotional gear.  Forceful and swirling, it is as if she has somehow harnessed breath itself; gasping, panting, sighing.  It is an endless series of surprises.” 

After intermission, Dayton Ballet then presents two brand-new works making their World Premiere at the Victoria. The first is a ballet entitled Speak, choreographed by DeShona Pepper Robertson, a former dancer with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) and current Dance Director of Stivers School for the Arts.  Ms. Robertson is not only an exciting instructor of dance, but she is also extremely powerful on stage with an energy that is entirely contagious.  As a former Dayton Ballet dance student, she returns to Dayton Ballet to deliver an inspirational piece sure to be filled with exuberance and to showcase her clear zest for life.

Then, in a very special collaboration between Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) and Dayton Ballet, Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke choreographs a brand-new ballet entitled Fate of Place, set to a completely new piece of music composed by DPO’s Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stella Sung.  The music will be in the romanticism realm, both lyrical and joyous in its composition.  Stella and Karen have worked together to capitalize on the energy and the uniqueness of each of the dancers in the Dayton Ballet Company, delivering a truly exceptional ballet that will showcase the talents of two incredible art forms.  DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany the full Dayton Ballet company in a beautiful piece of work that will mark many firsts for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.  It will be a night of dance and music you will not want to miss.
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 Creative Convergence are $21 to $72 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at Senior, teacher, student, and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information on other upcoming performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit


About the Residency of Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stella Sung
The residency of Stella Sung is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. This national program is designed to provide orchestras with resources and tools to support their presentation of new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions. Funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

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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