The Dayton Ballet in Ohio will present “New Music for New Dance” at Dayton’s Victoria Theatre from March 24 to 27, a project pairing emerging composers and emerging choreographers with dancers and musicians for world-premiere ballet performances. Composers, selected through a competitive process, include New York-based composer and League of American Orchestras staff member James Barry, whose Expansion will be choreographed by Cydney Spohn. The two other ballets scheduled for performance are Mountain River Escapades by Ohio-based composer Jesse Ayers, choreographed by Susanne Payne, and Dervish by Massachusetts composer Jeff Olmsted, choreographed by Daniel Karasik. The music for the three works will be performed by the Dayton Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Tim Olt. The project also includes a contest for a winning composer/choreographer pair, to be announced at the Saturday night performance; judges for music will include Neal Gittleman, music director of the Dayton Philharmonic, and composer Steven Winteregg, with the dance portion to be judged by Gerard Charles (artistic director of the Ohio-based BalletMet), Stephen Mills (artistic director of Ballet Austin), and Kathleen Moore (former principal dancer, American Ballet Theater). For more information on “New Music for New Dance,” visit the Dayton Ballet website.
Posted March 23, 2011