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RHYTHM ON THE RIVER SERIES CONTINUES WITH

FREE BALLETMET PERFORMANCE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 at 8 PM

The nighttime sky on the Scioto Mile is the perfect backdrop for an evening of exhilarating dance as the talented dancers of BalletMet Columbus kick off Labor Day Weekend with a performance at the new Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion Friday, September 2 at 8 p.m.

The event is part of the Rhythm on the River series and is a co-production of BalletMet and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

The program for this family-friendly event features excerpts from BalletMet’s upcoming 2011-2012 season along with works from the company’s diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary ballets. Included is a selection of bright and breezy dances from former BalletMet Artistic Director David Nixon’s Gershwin Dances, as well as pieces by BalletMet dancers Jimmy Orrante, his Emergence set to the melodies of Antonio Vivaldi, and Gabriel Smith who supplied both music and choreography for his You and Me and Us. Also on the program is Ma Cong’s Pride. Featured in last season’s blockbuster, 7 Deadly Sins, Pride is danced to the music of Santana. And audiences will thrill to Tchaikovsky’s soaring melodies and the classical splendor of The Sleeping Beauty choreographed by current BalletMet Artistic Director Gerard Charles.

Other works include The Raymonda Variations by Gerard Charles after Marius Petipa, featuring the music of Alexander Glazunov; Shoreline by William Soleau, with the music of George Frederick Handel; Arrival by Adam Hoaghland, set to a score by Zoe Keating; Everyday People by Randy Duncan, using Sly & the Family Stone’s famous tune; and Group Therapy by Harrison McEldowney, who blends popular songs, movie musicals, jazz standards and recorded sounds into the soundscape that accompanies his work.

“This is our 15th year collaborating with the Recreation and Parks Department and we’re thrilled to be back this summer for the riverfront performances,” said Gerard Charles. “It’s especially exciting for us to be part of the first season back on The Scioto Mile, with the new Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion and the fountain. This will really be a one-of-a-kind night out in Columbus.”

“The Recreation and Parks Department is pleased to continue this partnership with BalletMet,” said Karen Wiser, Office of Special Events. “This annual free performance of BalletMet on the riverfront is a great gift to the community, offering a fabulous evening of dance in a setting unlike anything else in the city.”

Event attendees are invited to bring folding chairs and blankets, enjoy a picnic dinner or purchase food and beverages on-site starting at 6:30 p.m., or dine at Milestone 229, the newly opened restaurant located in Bicentennial Park.

While at the performance, patrons may also purchase tickets to BalletMet’s annual holiday spectacular, The Nutcracker, with a special “Back to School” promotion offering buy-one-get-one-half-off tickets for select seats and performances of The Nutcracker at the Ohio Theatre in December.

For more information about this performance visit balletmet.org or Sciotomile.com.

Date & Time: Friday, September 2, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Performance begins 8 pm, ends 9:30 pm

Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, in downtown Columbus.

Description: Enjoy an evening of exhilarating dance as the talented dancers of BalletMet Columbus kick off Labor Day Weekend with a performance at the new Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion Friday, September 2 at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 pm.

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