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Verb Ballets: Dance Legacy

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The Breen Center for the Performing Arts

St. Ignatius High School

2008 West 30th Street

Cleveland, OH 44113

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Verb Ballets celebrates the life and work of Ian Horvath on February 9, 2019 in an evening titled Dance Legacy: Celebrating the Life of Ian Horvath. The three-part performance will honor Horvath’s impact on dance in Cleveland and will recognize his work as an AIDS advocate. Tragically, he lost his battle to AIDS at the age of 46.


Horvath is best known in Cleveland as a founder of the Cleveland Ballet and a former soloist with the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Later, he was the producing director of the Jose Limon Dance Foundation.


His legacy will live on through this special evening of dance, which includes two Horvath ballets beloved by Cleveland and international audiences, excerpts from a documentary celebrating Horvath’s life, and the premiere of a new ballet by Kay Eichman, a former dancer with Cleveland Ballet.


For the past three years, Verb Ballets, in partnership with Margaret Mullin and Nel Shelby Productions, has created a documentary film, No Dominion: The Ian Horvath Story. Verb BalletsProducing Artistic Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson, was instrumental in filming the ballets for the documentary owing to her role as regisseur (producing rehearsal director) for Horvaths works. Carlson was a founding member of Cleveland Ballet. The documentarys partners have produced two of Horvaths beloved works for the documentary, performed by top dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Verb Ballets and Ballet Tucson. The documentary is in final post-production before screenings at international film festivals. Interviews from the documentary will receive their debut at the Breen performance. The company will perform his works in the documentary Laura’s Women, dealing with a life destroyed by drug use and No Dominion, created about his impending death from AIDS.


The program will close with the premiere of Kay Eichmans new neoclassical ballet, Mendelssohn Italian Symphony. The sophisticated and fast movingwork requires brilliant technique. Eichman joined Cleveland Ballet in 1976, in its first season at the Hanna Theatre. A distinguished 15-year career ensued, including principal roles in numerous traditional and contemporary works. She also danced with Giessen Ballet in Germany as a principal guest artist. She is now ballet mistress for the Tri C Arts Academy is addition to teaching regionally. Her new ballet is inspired by her memories of dancing to the same symphony with Cleveland Ballet.  


This performance is generously supported by the Cleveland Foundation. A pre-show panel on stage at 7:15 pm will discuss the AIDS epidemic and its impact on a generation of Cleveland dancers, who were lost to the disease. 


Student discount available on select seating. Must show ID at the door.


For question about seating call 216-397-3757.

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St. Ignatius High School

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