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Daring Duets

February 2017


   7:30 pm Thursday, February 9, 2017 with Pizza Prelude 7:00 pm
   8:00 pm Friday, February 10, 2017 
   8:00 pm Saturday, February 11, 2017 
   3:00 pm Sunday, February 12, 2017 

Pre-performance Talk, 45 minutes prior to each performance     

NICOLE HASKINS choreographer – La Linea Scura WEBSITE      
STEPHEN MILLS choreographer – La Vie en Rose, Quartet from Five Flights Up  WEBSITE   
MARIUS PETIPA choreographer – Don Quixote Grand Pas de Deux 
GINA PATTERSON choreographer – Your Provision WEBSITE 
ANTONY TUDOR choreographer – The Leaves Are Fading  
DERMOT BURKE choreographer – Still Lifes 
JON RODRIGUEZ choreographer – Bushido (Way of the Warrior) 
KAREN RUSSO BURKE choreographer – In Closing WEBSITE

Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke and Dayton Ballet bring an exciting new ballet repertory program entitled Daring Duets to the Victoria Theatre stage, celebrating the complexities of the relationship shared between couples. The program will feature the full Dayton Ballet Company as they partner with one another to present some of the most well-known and most exciting, new, original pas de deux ever to grace the Victoria stage. The program comprises eight unique ballets that range from classical to neoclassical to contemporary, in an in-depth look at how two people join together to dance on stage as one.  Interviews with dancers and choreographers will shed light between dances in a video presentation made possible by the generosity of the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts.

“Pas de Deux is French for ‘Step of Two’ and is what partnering is called in ballet. By dancing with a partner, the lady can jump higher, take positions she would never be able to on her own, and ‘float’ about the stage as she is carried by her partner. A partner allows a man to extend his line and show off his strength.” ( Dayton Ballet presents an exhilarating evening of duets, or pas de deux, choreographed with this very definition in mind.

Dayton Ballet is thrilled to be able to dance a pas de deux from the late dance legend Antony Tudor, a George Balanchine contemporary who has been hailed as the “artistic conscience of American Ballet Theatre” from the moment he joined ABT for its founding season in 1940. This February, Dayton Ballet will dance his famous pas de deux from the ballet The Leaves Are Fading. This exquisite pas de deux was originally danced under Tudor’s direction in 1975 by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, two of America’s most acclaimed and talented dancers of the 20th century. Ms. McKerrow and Mr. Gardner will work in studio directly with Dayton Ballet dancers to set this beautiful piece for Dayton Ballet. The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust was formed after Tudor’s death in 1987 with the mission of securing the legacy of Tudor’s great ballets. The Trust is exceptionally selective of the ballet companies with which it works, so Dayton Ballet is truly honored to be able to pay tribute to the ballet genius of Antony Tudor with this performance.

Dayton Ballet is also excited to welcome choreographer Nicole Haskins to its studios as she sets her engaging pas de deux La Linea Scura, choreographed to music of the same name by Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi. Haskins hails from Venice Beach, California, and has danced professionally with well-known companies across the country, including Sacramento Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Washington Ballet. Haskins, an experienced choreographer as well, has worked in the past with several Dayton Ballet dancers, and she comes to Dayton to set her beautiful pas de deux La Linea Scura this month.  Ms. Haskins’ work on La Linea Scura is made possible by the Dermot Burke Fund.

The dancers of Dayton Ballet will also present more classical works, including the famous Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote, a dance teeming with passion, energy and bravado. Set to the impeccable music of nineteenth-century Czech composer Ludwig Minkus, Don Quixote was originally choreographed by French/Russian dancer and choreographer Marius Petipa in 1869.  It is Petipa’s original choreography that Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke will use to set this traditional ballet for this performance.

In addition to these three selections, Burke will present five other works, highlighting the strength, expertise, and superb partnering skills of each dancer in the Dayton Ballet company. You are coridally invited to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day engulfed by the beauty and elegance of the purest expression of emotion between two dancers—the pas de deux—in Daring Duets.

DP&L Foundation DPAA Innovation Partner—Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts 
Susan S. Kettering – Leadership Sponsor 
Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts – Video Production Support 
Honda of America Contributing Partner  

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