Dayton Ballet closes its Season of Titans with a varied collection of beautiful dances, including a new work from internationally acclaimed choreographer Ma Cong, a vignette of A Streetcar Named Desire, and much more in a program called Innovations.
Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present an exciting ballet entitled Calling from internationally acclaimed choreographer Ma Cong. Resident choreographer of Tulsa Ballet, Ma Cong hails from National Ballet of China and Beijing Dance Academy. He has won Pointe Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, and he has been named one of the 25 choreographers to watch by Dance Magazine. He brings his innovative work to Dayton Ballet for the first time with Calling, a modern piece for six dancers. The work is set to the music of Goran Bregović, a Yugoslav musician of Serbian and Croatian decent whose music and life inspired the piece, combined with the music of Kroke, a Polish musical group. The passionate voice in the Mediterranean music lends itself to the playful and energetic movement of the piece, which is filled with delicate partnering.
Choreographer Penny Saunders returns to Dayton Ballet with a poignant piece called Berceuce, from the French lullaby of the same name. A simple duet of cello and piano portrays the fullness of melancholy music that constitutes this touching lullaby from the French opera Jocelyn. One couple will take the stage for an intimate and emotional pas de deux.
In a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the full company of Dayton Ballet dancers will dance the third section of Beethoven’s Ninth, the Season Opening Spectacular performance from September 2018. Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke presents an elegant neo-classical ballet, with simple, contemporary costumes, set to one of the finest pieces of music ever composed.
Finally, Dayton Ballet is excited to bring back to the stage A Streetcar Named Desire, which enjoyed its world premiere in Dayton in 2008. Choreographed by Karen Russo Burke, this ballet follows the full story of the 1947 Broadway hit by famed playwright Tennessee Williams. Characters from Williams’ play, including Stella, Blanche and Stanley, will all be clearly represented in the piece. With steamy New Orleans as the setting, this ballet is danced to ingenious original music from composer Billy Sokol. The composition is primarily jazz, filled with unique instrumentation that includes a harmonica and the very southern-inspired presence of the washboards. Film provided by Richard Wonderling will help transport Dayton to “The Big Easy” in the late 1940s, and the stunning choreography will bring to life the tangled relationships and sultry drama in one of Tennessee Williams’ finest works.
DP&L Foundation – DPAA Innovation Partner – Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts
The Dayton Club – Club 28 – Athletic Partner