For the first time ever, Verb Ballets will be performing at Dobama Theatre with a show designed to encourage scrutiny of the world around us through contemporary ballet. The show is titled “Fresh Inventions” and is comprised of new works choreographed by company dancers Stephen James, Stephanie Krise, Brian Murphy and Or Sagi-Woodson. The program will also feature a new collaborative work between Verb Ballets and the Inspired Veterans Action Campaign (IVAC), titled “Warrior Project: Inspiration” which received funding from the Ohio Arts Council.
Christian Dollwet is a former Akron area dancer and war veteran with 21 years of service who founded IVAC. The work that he has facilitated and co-created tells the story of five wounded warriors who are dealing with PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although retired from active duty, Dollwet works with the Department of the Army in Afghanistan as a contract pilot. “Warrior Project: Inspiration” is the result of Christian observing firsthand the effects of PTSD and his desire to use the arts as part of a healing therapy for those thus afflicted.
"I met Chris when he studied dance at the University of Akron. I have followed his career and learned about his organization and how art can help the healing process. Bringing Chris into the studio gives him a chance to share some of the experiences of soldiers through dance," said Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson.
Other features on the original program will include works by company dancers such as Brian Murphy who has danced with Verb for the past six years and will b e choreographing a new ballet inspired by classical movement with music supplied by the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.
“I enjoy dancing for Verb because they provide a range of opportunities as an artist, performer, and choreographer,” said Murphy about choreographing for Fresh Inventions.
Stephen James (new to Verb Ballets) will premiere “The Raven” inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe poem which is one of seven sections of the new rock ballet “The Masque” that is a collaboration with Shadowbox Live of Columbus and will premiere in its entirety at the Breen Center on November 8, 2013.
Single tickets at $25 Center Preferred or $20 Side General Admission and $10 for Students and Veterans. Tickets are available by calling the Dobama Box Office at 216-932-6838 or online at dobama.org. The Dobama Theatre is located at 2340 Lee Road Cleveland Heights, OH 44118. For more information visit www.verbballets.org.
About Verb Ballets
Verb Ballets ignites audience passion and participation in contemporary dance. Under the leadership of Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson, Verb strives to support and foster emerging talent, to present excellence in contemporary choreographers, and to revive and honor modern dance classics. The company strives to be a thought leader in cultivating dance appreciation and support through education and outreach programs. In growing audience appreciation for dance, Verb Ballets helps make northeast Ohio a national destination for the arts.
Verb Ballets’ season is made possible thanks to the generous support of: Akron Community Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation, Dominion, Findley Davies, Inc., The George Gund Foundation, The Laub Foundation, Lubrizol Foundation, The McGregor Foundation, Omnova Solution Foundation, The Ohio Arts Council and Shah Capital Management. Other sponsors include Baumgarten & Company, LLP, Cedar Hill Communications, FITWORKS, Lyons Fulfillment Services, WCLV, and WCPN/Ideastream. Individual sponsors include Millie L. Carlson, Chuck and Sandy Abookire, Jim Farley, Jeri Chaikin & Joel Newman, Chuck & Ann Ennis, Kenneth Milder, Fred Lautzenheiser, David R. Pierce & Philip Cucchiara, Robert M. Shwab and Members of the Verb Ballets Board of Trustees.