FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BalletMet Columbus Presents
For One Night Only
Internationally-Acclaimed Dance Stars in
Global Dance Stars Gala
& Post-Show Celebration Honoring Artistic Director Gerard Charles
August 18, 2012 at the Ohio Theatre
COLUMBUS, OH – Dance stars from around the world will converge on the stage of the Ohio Theatre (39 East State Street, Columbus, OH) August 18 at 8 p.m. for BalletMet’s Global Dance Stars Gala. This one night only event will feature grand solos, pas de deux, and more performed by internationally-acclaimed artists from Houston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, New York City Ballet, Northern Ballet of England, Tom Gold Dance, Broadway, and BalletMet’s own international cast of dance stars.
The program will include masterpieces from the classical repertory as well as virtuosic selections from contemporary ballets. Tickets for the Global Dance Stars Gala start at $35 and can be purchased online through Ticketmaster (800) 982-2787, ticketmaster.com or at the CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street - (614) 469-0939).
BalletMet’s beloved Artistic Director, Gerard Charles, will be among the event’s celebrants as he is fêted with an on-stage tribute and an exclusive post-performance party – Celebration of Stars – in honor of his 22 year association with BalletMet. Charles announced in May that he is stepping down to become Ballet Master at the renowned Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Celebration of Stars is an opportunity to meet the international guests, mingle with BalletMet dancers and give Mr. Charles a fitting send off.
Separate admission to the Celebration of Stars post-show party is $50 and includes wine and light refreshments. Tickets can be purchased only at the BalletMet Ticket Office (322 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, OH) or by calling (614) 586-8665.
Global Dancers – Global Dances
The dance works featured on BalletMet’s Global Dance Stars Gala are show stoppers of the classical and contemporary repertory. Among them are:
George Gershwin’s 3 Preludes
Choreographed by former New York City Ballet principal dancer Tom Gold, Gershwin’s 3 Preludes will be performed by New York City Ballet/Tom Gold Dance soloists Abi Stafford and Jared Angle.
Former BalletMet Artistic Director David Nixon – the current Artistic Director of Northern Ballet of Leeds, England – will gift Columbus audiences with a glimpse of his Cleopatra, a very recent collaboration with Miss Saigon and Les Miserables composer Claude-Michel Schönberg. Dancing the work will be two of the company’s established stars – Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley.
Choreographed by Stanton Welch, the former BalletMet Artistic Associate and current Artistic Director of Houston Ballet, the pas de deux from Madame Butterfly will be performed by Houston Ballet principal dancers Amy Fote and Simon Ball.
Broadway hoofer Marshall Davis, Jr., who appeared in Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, and at BalletMet in the much-admired Simply Sammy, will bring his fiery footwork to the proceedings.
Pulses, Chords, Passion
Also appearing on the Global Dance Stars Gala is BalletMet’s own corps of extraordinary dancers performing Darrell Grand Moultrie’s sizzling Pulses, Chords, Passion, a work that received its world premiere during BalletMet’s 2011-2012 season as part of Jazz Moves Columbus, the company’s acclaimed collaboration with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and WOSU Public Media.
National Ballet of Canada principal dancers Greta Hodgkinson and Guillauame Cote will also appear on the program performing a pas de deux from the classical ballet repertory.
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Single tickets for BalletMet’s Global Dance Stars Gala are on sale now and range in price from $35 to $100. Tickets may be purchased online through TicketMaster (800) 982-2787, ticketmaster.com or at the CAPA ticket office (614) 469-0939.
For entrance to the Celebration of Stars post-show party in honor of departing BalletMet Artistic Director Gerard Charles, call (614) 586-8665 or visit the BalletMet Ticket Office (322 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, OH) to reserve your $50 tickets.
Subscriptions packages are now available to BalletMet’s exciting 2012-2013 season; so too are discounted group tickets. To learn more go to BalletMet.org.
Renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, BalletMet Columbus is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization that is among the nation’s largest dance companies, and its Dance Academy ranks among the largest dance-training centers associated with a professional company.
Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has added 154 company premieres to its repertoire and produced 142 world premieres.
It has also developed DanceReach, a series of educational and outreach programs that serve nearly 30,000 people annually; through DanceReach, up to 70 scholarships each year give access to talented youth, many from minority and underserved groups, who cannot otherwise participate.
BalletMet Sponsor Support
BalletMet Columbus receives support for its annual performance season from The Columbus Foundation, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the Ohio Arts Council. Our media partners are ABC-6 and FOX-28, The Columbus Dispatch Group, Sunny 95, Time Warner Cable and WOSU Public Media. The Senior Dress Rehearsal sponsor is WMNI News Radio 103.9 FM/920 AM. Our retail partner is Kroger, and our season partner is The Ohio State University Sports Medicine Center.
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- WHAT: BalletMet’s Global Dance Stars Gala, a one night only event featuring dance stars from internationally renowned companies in a program of masterpieces from the classical repertory as well as virtuosic selections from contemporary ballets.
- WHEN: Saturday 18 August 2012 at 8 p.m.
- WHERE: The Ohio Theatre (39 East State Street, Columbus, OH)
- HOW: Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online through Ticketmaster (800) 982-2787, ticketmaster.com or at the CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street - (614) 469-0939).