The Dayton Ballet presents Diversity in Dance, a repertory program featuring ballets choreographed by Karen Russo Burke, Susanne Payne, and the late Gerald Arpino, with Ballet Master Charthel Arthur as Répétiteur.
The magical evening will begin with Reflections, a ballet choreographed by the late Gerald Arpino and presented by Charthel Arthur, Ballet Master and Head of The Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation. Reflections is a neoclassical, pure dance ballet with Gerald Arpino's signature style of high lifts and fast pace, set to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for Violoncello and Orchestra, which will be performed by our very own Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Conductor Neal Gittleman. Mr. Arpino was inspired to create this romantic and sensual ballet after a visit to Russia where he experienced first-hand the passion of the Russian dancers for their artistry. Three male dancers and seven female dancers will take the stage in a physically challenging performance in which each female dancer is highlighted within a technical variation in the music, combined with three enchanting pas de deux.
The program will continue with a World Premiere of a powerful new all-male work entitled Dreams of Flights, choreographed by Susanne Payne, a graduate of Wright State University and winner of Dayton Ballet's 2009 "New Music for New Dance" competition. In this performance, nine men will fill the stage, with decidedly contemporary movement, raw energy, and pure power, combined with exciting lifts, athletic floor work, technical mastery, and unique partnering. Loosely inspired by ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho, Dreams of Flight is a rigorously athletic contemporary ballet that consists of seven parts. The work depicts the magical experiences, realizations, and lessons learned when one truly commits to the pursuit of a dream.
Finally, romance will transform into tragedy in Butterfly Suite, Karen Russo Burke’s ballet based on the 1898 short story Madame Butterfly by John Luther Long and immortalized by Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera. In this ballet, Burke makes captivating use of silks in different colors to symbolize aspects of the beautiful tragedy on stage, entwining Butterfly in a culmination of the course of the events in her life and the emotions that overtake her, leading to her demise. The same story as Puccini’s masterful opera is brought to life not through the power of voice, but through the eloquence of dance.
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..