The International Ballet Theater is presenting its Inaugural Dallas performance of “The Weaving” at 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 26 at the Majestic Theater.
The performance, directed by Gloria Athans Moulopoulos, in two acts showcases classical and contemporary ballet including variations of Paquita and Don Quixote in act one and the heart-wrenching and hope-inspiring story of Corrie ten Boom in The Weaving.
A Dutch Christian who aided over 800 Jews in escaping during the Nazi invasion of Germany, Corrie ten Boom’s story is one that many people do not know. Not all people who were sent to concentration camps were Jews. This dark story does offer glimpses of hope and is one that should not be missed.
Writer, producer and actor, Anita Conley is a Dallas native who has been involved in the theater arts for over 35 years as a ballet dancer and opera sing-along performer on PBS. Though Conley didn’t have a lot of formal training, she had a tremendous amount of talent and was selected to become a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader in 1979. Conley entertained US troops stationed in Korea and Greece by invitation of the USO. Conley is the founder of the International Ballet Theater that offers opportunities to cultivate creative diversity.
Conley sat down for an interview with Robin D. Everson of Examiner.com to discuss her life and work.
What motivates you?
“Everything I do comes from a place of faith. You cannot separate the sacred from the secular. My work is very sacred. I feel called to do what I do. You don’t have to be equipped to do. God equips the called. I know my weaknesses. When I get these visions of what I want to do, I find the best and the brightest that can do the best of what they do.”
Ballets are visually beautiful expressive art. The story of the Holocaust is not a pretty one. How are you able to merge them?
“I was inspired by the story of Boom and her sister Betsie, weak in body and strong in spirit love the story; it has a redemptive quality to it. I think it is a story that needs to be told. When I hear a story, I see a dance.”
What is on the horizon for you?
“This is a contemporary ballet. Telling this story is my life’s work. I will continue to add to it. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17 NIV). I’m just a girl with a dreams and I try to do what I dream.”
Tickets for “The Weaving” range from $35 to $60 and can be purchased online at
www.attpac.org/on-sale/2013/the-weaving, by phone at 214-880-0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Information Center, 2353 Flora Street (Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.).
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