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Dayton Ballet Opens Its 2014-2015 Season and Celebrates the Fall Season with a Few Ghost Stories



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
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DAYTON, OH (October 9, 2014) – On Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 pm; Friday, October 24 at 8 pm; Saturday, October 25 at 8 pm; and Saturday, October 26 at 3 pm in the Victoria Theatre, the Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present Ghost Stories, the first ballet of the 2014–2015 New Horizons season. Ghost Stories promises to be a stunning night of dance as Dayton Ballet presents five separate ballets, two of which have been choreographed by Cincinnati native Amy Seiwert. The Thursday evening performance of Ghost Stories includes a Pizza Prelude from Uno’s Pizzeria to be served in the Victoria lobby beginning at 7 pm. 

Freudian Slip enjoyed its world premiere by Dayton Ballet in March 2009, and returns to the stage this October. A Freudian slip is, by definition, an error in speech, memory, or physical action that is believed to be caused by the unconscious mind. Dayton Ballet Artistic Director and choreographer Karen Russo Burke was inspired both by this concept and by the music of composer and electric cellist Gideon Freudmann. Mr. Freudmann enjoys an international reputation for his innovative compositions and unique style of playing. The Boston Globe said of him, “Taking a modern artist's approach to the four-stringed instrument, Gideon Freudmann has brought the cello to a new realm.” Likewise, Karen Russo Burke takes us from the familiar classical ballet pose of Degas’s Little Dancer to a more innovative and contemporary realm in dance with this ballet.

Considered one of the great Romantic ballets, Giselle was first performed in Paris in 1841. The ballet is about a peasant girl named Giselle who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. Giselle is a captivating ballet set in two acts. In Act II Giselle’s spirit is claimed by the the Wilis, a group of supernatural women jilted by their own lovers, who command her to dance her lover to death. Two dancers from Dayton Ballet will take the stage to perform the exquisite Act II Pas de Deux, once danced by some of the greatest names in ballet, including Baryshnikov, Makarova, and Nureyev. The great triumph of Giselle has assured its place in the ballet repertoire, where it has continued to dazzle audiences for over 150 years. 

Still Lifes, a beautiful ballet choreographed by Dermot Burke, had its Dayton Ballet premiere in 1993.  Its subject matter is three famous sculptures: The Thinker, The Muse, and The Kiss.  The ballet tells the story of what happens in the museum at night when the lights go out and these still-life works of art come to life.  Still Lifes is a romantic, contemporary ballet set to a traditional Italian lullaby.  Audience members who play close attention will see glimpses of each of these gorgeous statues as the dancers bring art to life on the stage.

Finding/Almost, choreographed by Amy Seiwert, will make its Dayton premiere in this production. Set to classical music, this ballet incorporates a large cast of 14 dancers and includes Ms. Seiwart's signature stylings. Finding/Almost is danced in classical leotards and tights, with scenic creative canvas drops decorating a simply set stage. Ms. Seiwart is focused on the intersection of genres with a commitment to create and present works of excellence and influence. She shares her belief that through collaboration and experimentation, vibrant and courageous ideas are expressed. 

Chasing Ghosts, also choreographed by Amy Seiwert, calls us to conjure up memories in our minds that are just out of our grasp. “New York composer Kevin Keller’s score creates a landscape of rich shadows. The music is special; it pulls the listener towards reminiscence without being sentimental, a rare balance,” says Seiwert. “The title comes from that feeling of chasing a memory, something you can’t put your finger on, a feeling that’s on the tip of your heart but that you can’t quite wrap your head around. My goal is to capture this abstract sensation.” Chasing Ghosts made its world premiere in Dayton in October 2012, and it returns to the stage once again to leave us searching to grab hold of those memories that continue to haunt us but remain just out of our reach. 

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 Ghost Stories are $21 to $72 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.

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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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