How wonderful to be part of a truly unique moment in history... our 75th season! Preparing for this landmark season gave me the opportunity to find out so much about our innovative and creative founders, Josephine and Hermene Schwarz.
All season long we paid tribute to their storied talents with thrilling new works, family favorites and exemplary pieces from our past.
Amy Seiwart, our first choreographer commissioned through the Dermot Burke Premiere Fund, astounded us with her contemporary world premiere called Chasing Ghosts. A native of Cincinnati, she is the Artistic Director of her own dance company, Imagery, based in California. For our first Nutcracker under the auspices of the new Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, we joined forces with the Dayton Philharmonic for a new experience that fills the senses with Tchaikovsky’s timeless family favorite. Next season - "The Signature Season" - we'll team up again with the Dayton Philharmonic with a whole new production!
My choice to have a full-length Cinderella on this season was simple - beauty, whimsy, and romance all wrapped up into one! Prokofiev's classic has been one of my favorite ballets since I was a young dancer. Our season finale took you on a "once-every-75-year" journey when we honored our former directors with a program exemplifying their remarkable legacy.
Of course, the best part of this exciting anniversary season was seeing the familiar faces from our ballet family... and meeting new ones who will join us into the next 75.