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Both classical and romantic ballet are transformed for today’s ever-expanding and engaged audiences with clever and humorous strides. Be a part of history when three new short works—from dancer Julie Niekrasz, Associate Artistic Director Steven McMahon and award-winning choreographer Mark Godden—premiere right here in our Midtown home. (Parental advisory: the final work contains adult content/situations. Call our Box Office for more information.)

Special Events

  • Spark: A choreographer’s chat, with wine & cheese before the Oct 15 opening, free with ticket.
  • Community Day Matinee Oct 22, 2p. Tickets available online sales only and all ticket fees will be waived for this purchase. Walk up sales day of show only beginning at 1p. All seating general admission. Plus, participate in an on-stage chat with Associate Artistic Director and show choreographer Steven McMahon before the performance.

About the new works

  • Sa Voix by Julie Marie Niekrasz acknowledges the drama of the Romantic Era in the 1800s, as well as how costuming and movement perpetuated the image of female dancers as ethereal and often frail. Niekrasz’s piece uses female dancers employing great power and emotion to take one small step to liberating those who have been suppressed, even in art. Costumes by Susan Roemer.
  • Vanguard by Steven McMahon hopes to honor the traditions of classical ballet–the beauty of the line, the structure and the language that has inspired people and culture throughout its history. But as society shifts and we demand that traditional barriers are broken down, we must also ask this of ballet. Can it be more democratic? Can we give voice and a place to those who are often marginalized? Costumes for McMahon’s ballet are by Christine Darch.
  • A Distant Glimmer: Catherine de Medici by Mark Godden (parental advisory: contains adult content/situations portrayed with humor). Godden lives in Canada and has created many works for well known companies around the globe. In A Distant Glimmer, he takes a somewhat irreverent look at the origins of classical ballet in the French court and the themes Queen Catherine wanted to embody in narrative dance. Costumes by Paul Daigle. Narration written and performed by Richard Hurst.

Event Details

Playhouse on the Square
October 15-23, 2016
Showtimes 2p & 8p
Length approx. 2 hrs.

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