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Dayton Ballet’s February Fantasy Features Four Sensational Dances, Including Two World Premieres, at the Victoria Theatre This Valentine’s Day Weekend



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138
awhitehead@daytonperformingarts.org 

DAYTON, OH (January 15, 2016) – On Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 pm; Friday, February 12 at 8 pm; Saturday, February 13 at 8 pm; and Sunday, February 14 at 3 pm in the Victoria Theatre, the Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present February Fantasy, the third ballet of the 2015–2016 Ascend Season. The program includes four distinct dances from four separate and incredibly talented choreographers. Two of these ballets will be making their world premiere on the Victoria Theatre stage in this program, in keeping with Dayton Ballet’s international acclaim of being “The Company of Premieres.” The Thursday evening performance of February Fantasy includes a Pizza Prelude from Uno’s Pizzeria to be served in the Victoria lobby beginning at 7 pm. 

Confetti is a fun classical ballet choreographed by the late Gerald Arpino, co-founder and former Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet.  Three couples dressed in classic ballet attire take the stage in a quintessential ballet, punctuated by big leaps and powered by exquisite partnering, making it a virtuoso performance for the men as well as the women dancers. Under the careful attention of Charthel Arthur, former dancer for Joffrey Ballet and current Managing Director of The Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation, Dayton Ballet brings this festive ballet to life in a salute to the renowned Arpino, a cutting-edge leader in the world of dance.

Fluctuating Hemlines returns to the Victoria Theatre after a gorgeous run in 2013 in the repertory ballet Celebrate!, honoring  Dayton Ballet’s  incredible 75th season. Choreographed by Septime Webre, Fluctuating Hemlines is a contemporary, edgy ballet that explores what underlies the facades erected by individuals to cover what they wish for others not to see.  Dayton Ballet brings raw energy to the stage as they take a look into what is revealed when people remove their outer layers and let down their guards, when they stop pretending and let their inner selves shine through, in movement and in dance.

Then, Dayton Ballet proudly presents two world premiere ballets.  The first is an original ballet by the engaging Melissa Barak, choreographer and former critically acclaimed dancer with New York City Ballet.  Ms. Barak has been awarded the Mae L. Wien and Choo San Goh Awards for Choreography and was named one of the “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine.  Dayton Ballet is thrilled to be working with Ms. Barak to present a brand-new ballet, highlighting the unique talents of the dancers in our professional company.

Finally, the spotlight shines on Dayton Ballet and Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke as she premieres a brand-new ballet, No Strings Attached.  For more than 10 years, Ms. Burke was a professional dancer with American Repertory Ballet, and her extensive experience on stage gives her the perfect perspective to create a new work of art that allows each of her dancers the opportunity to truly shine. The dancers will to move to the sounds of three original guitar pieces by D. Adam Estner. Born in New Jersey and raised in Michigan, Estner studied jazz compostion at Berklee College of Music in Boston and classical guitar at the University of Arizona.  Both of Estner’s parents, mother Charthel Arthur and father Robert Estner, were dancers with the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet Company, giving Estner, as a musician, an extraordinary window into the world of dance.

Before each performance, Ms. Burke will hold a pre-performance talk called “The First Step,” giving audience members a more in-depth look at the upcoming performance and a behind-the-scenes peek at Dayton Ballet.  “The First Step” will be held 45 minutes prior to curtain time for each performance in the Burnell Roberts Room at 126 North Main Street, beside the Victoria Theatre.  “Behind the Ballet,” a Q&A with dancers that gives audiences the opportunity to learn more about the life of a dancer with Dayton Ballet, will follow each performance in the theatre.  “The First Step” and “Behind the Ballet” sessions are free of charge for all ticketholders.

Tickets for February Fantasy 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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