For over 15 years, Verb Ballets has brought the beauty of dance to the Cain Park stage hosting this special annual tradition for residents. The performance is free as a gift to the community from Cleveland Heights residents and Verb Ballets’ board members, James D. Graham and David M. Dusek.
Verb presents a powerful new work, Anti/gone, by award-wining choreographer, Tommie-Waheed Evans. This contemporary ballet situates ancient archetypes between action and fate, bringing the story to life with an electrifying, original score by composer Greg Smith and costumes created by runway designer Philista Marie Mills.
The performance is FREE. No tickets are required for entrance. Registration is encouraged to anticipate the guests. Gates will open at 7:00pm and seating is general admission. Entrances are located at Superior, Lee and Taylor Rd.
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2021 Guggenheim Fellow Tommie-Waheed Evans is a queer black dance maker, born and raised in Los Angeles, California, amidst racial divide, gang warfare, and earthquakes. His work explores blackness, spirituality, queerness and liberation. He began his formal training with Karen McDonald before receiving a fellowship at the Ailey School, and a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University. He has toured and performed nationally and internationally as a company member of Lula Washington Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Philadanco. Since 2004, he has created more than 50 original dance works that range widely in scope, length, tone and subject matter. waheedworks, his Philadelphia based dance company, is the primary vehicle for his creative research. The company’s mission is to create a radically collaborative body of work that speaks to the human condition. His work brings together urban street dance styles and contemporary dance vocabulary through bold and raw movements propelled by gospel music and polyrhythmic sounds.