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Indianapolis is your Valentine Weekend Dance Destination, Feb. 13-16

by Rita Kohn
January 9, 2020
Indiana Repertory Theatre
140 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN

The Toby Theater at Newfields
4000 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN
Rita Kohn, member: Dance Critics Association, Authors Guild, Dramatists Guild
Dance Kaleidoscope's American Valentine at Indiana Repertory Theatre's OneAmerica Stage February 13-16 is a powerful, uplifting show that features love and hope about our country in act one, and a romantic look at love between people in act two,” said Paul Hansen, DK's marketing director.

For act one, “Our America,” DK artistic director David Hochoy previously asked the dancers to create dances to present their visions of the USA. The works that premiered at the 2019 IndyFringe Festival represent the personal views of seven company dancers ranging from celebrating the country's potential to showing its reality through beautiful contemporary dance. Each choreographer will give a spoken introduction to his or her piece outlining what they created.

As a further Valentine to DK patrons, act two of the program, “Facets of Love,” presents a collection of love duets from DK's existing repertoire, said Hansen. The pieces will range from the stunning balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet Fantasy, to a hilarious take on "Stand By Your Man," to a vivacious tango from Seasons. Choreography is by Cynthia Pratt, Nicholas A. Owens and David Hochoy.

George Balanchine's iconic "Rubies" will open Indianapolis Ballet’s program Love is in the Air, February 14-16 at Newfields, The Toby Theatre.

“Sassy, playful, and flirtatious, 'Rubies' is the perfect ballet to make your Valentine’s Day sparkle,” says IB spokesperson Jenn Kriscunis. “This sophisticated exploration into relationships was inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels. Set to music by Igor Stravinsky, "Rubies" is often considered the jazziest, most accessible portion of George Balanchine’s Jewels ballet. It’s also visually dynamite - the dancers don exquisitely hand sewn, ruby-red bejeweled costumes. Balanchine is at the heart of our organization, and Indianapolis Ballet is honored to open our February residency with this iconic masterpiece.”

"Rubies" is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and staged by Victoria Simon, one of the most sought-after and respected répétiteurs of Balanchine’s ballets.

Making its world premiere "Ania’s Song," choreographed by IB artistic director Victoria Lyrass, is a neo-classical ballet depicting the relationship between two couples - one young, one mature - in their journey through life together. The Abel String Quartet will accompany the dancers live on stage. “The score for 'Ania’s Song' was commissioned by Thomas Beczkiewicz for his dear wife Ania on her 60th birthday,” said Kriscunas. Award-winning composer James Aikman built the piece around the initials of her name (A, D, B) and completed the pavane in 2006. “The world lost Ania in 2018, but her memory resonates throughout this deeply personal work,” said Kriscunas. “'Ania's Song' is also the result of truly local collaboration between Thomas Beczkiewicz (co-founder of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis), Indianapolis composer James Aikman, and Indianapolis Ballet.”

Act two, "Tango Forever" is a celebration of love. Indianapolis Ballet will transform The Toby stage into a Milonga - a tango dance party, enthused Kriscunas. "'Tango Forever' will feature a series of dynamically different tangos in varying combinations. Cool and collected, mysterious and seductive, tango requires dancers to lead not with steps, but with breath.”

Dance Kaleidoscope American Valentine at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 14 & 15 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m.; Street, garage or valet parking; tickets: tickets.irtlive.com/4344

Indianapolis Ballet Love is in the Air at Newfields, The Tobias Theatre: Feb. 14 & 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. Free parking; tickets: indyballet.org/love
'Rubies'<br>Choreography by George Balanchine<br>Dancer: Yoshiko Kamikusa

"Rubies"
Choreography by George Balanchine
Dancer: Yoshiko Kamikusa

Photo © & courtesy of Moonbug Photography


'Rubies'<br>Choreography by George Balanchine<br>Dancers: Chris Lingner and Yoshiko Kamikusa

"Rubies"
Choreography by George Balanchine
Dancers: Chris Lingner and Yoshiko Kamikusa

Photo © & courtesy of Moonbug Photography


'Rubies'<br>Choreography by George Balanchine<br>Dancers: Chris Lingner and Yoshiko Kamikusa

"Rubies"
Choreography by George Balanchine
Dancers: Chris Lingner and Yoshiko Kamikusa

Photo © & courtesy of Moonbug Photography


'Rubies'<br>Choreography by George Balanchine<br>Dancers: Chris Lingner and Yoshiko Kamikusa

"Rubies"
Choreography by George Balanchine
Dancers: Chris Lingner and Yoshiko Kamikusa

Photo © & courtesy of Moonbug Photography

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