On Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., be whisked away from winter’s cold to the warm, lush green forests of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s adored comedy of love, magic, fairies, mixed up lovers and the mischievous Puck comes alive in Toni Pimble’s delightful choreography set to Felix Mendelssohn’s spirited score performed by Orchestra Next.
A new EBC-commissioned ballet, “Wandering On,” arranged for the company by award-winning choreographer Stephanie Martinez, will open the program.
Chicago-based Martinez, winner of the Joffrey Ballet’s 2014 “Winning Works: Choreographers of Color,” brings her acclaimed talent to the Eugene Ballet, stretching the creative minds of its dancers and audiences.
Martinez’s ballet is supported by The Hult Endowment of The Oregon Community Foundation. The Surrounding Third, a new work choreographed by EBC Company Dancer Suzanne Haag and set to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, will complete the program.
Founded in 1978 by Toni Pimble and Riley Grannan, the Eugene Ballet Company has grown from a community-based dance group to become one of the West’s busiest and most versatile professional dance companies. The company has performed in more than 100 cities in 32 U.S. States and internationally to Canada, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia and Taiwan.
Over the past two decades, the EBC has been continuously recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts with Dance Company Grant awards and, in 1996, was the first Oregon dance company to be a recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award.
The Eugene Ballet Company has set a high standard in the performing arts and has gained a loyal following of dance fans everywhere the company has performed.
Tickets can be purchased at the Florence Events Center box office, 715 Quince St., or by phone at 541-997-1994 during regular business hours.