Sunday, March 23, 2003

International ballet gala goes on the road

By Carol Norris
Enquirer contributor

Expanding the possibilities for its "Gala of International Ballet Stars," Cincinnati's ballet tech ohio performing arts association is taking the concert on the road. In collaboration with BalletMet Columbus, the second annual gala will perform in Columbus as well as Cincinnati this year.

Gerard Charles, artistic director for BalletMet, says that when he read about the event last year, he decided to contact ballet tech.

"If you're bringing all these stars in, you might as well take advantage of the opportunity to have them perform more. We've done galas before and had begun to think we should do it again."

Galas create a lot of excitement in the dance community because they present international stars in solos and pas de deux in some of their most memorable roles.

Marvel Gentry Davis of ballet tech said that contracts are being negotiated, but the companies showing an interest are American Ballet Theatre, the Bolshoi, Houston and Stuttgart ballets, National Ballet of Canada, Alonzo Kings' Lines Ballet of California and BalletMet.

"We'll feature a BalletMet couple in the program in Cincinnati and possibly more BalletMet dancers in Columbus. Our dancers start back in July, so it fits well into our season," Charles said.

Concert dates: Aug. 8, Ohio Theater, Columbus; Aug. 9, Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center, Cincinnati.

Tickets for the Cincinnati show go on sale May 1: $35, $45 and $55; post-show reception at the theater $25 (black tie optional); at Aronoff and Music Hall box offices and all Ticketmaster locations; 241-7469.

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