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No Dominion: Celebrating the Life of Ian Horvath

By January 24, 2019February 10th, 2019No Comments

Unfortunately, this performance has been canceled on February 10, 2019.

No Dominion

Celebrating the Life of Ian Horvath

February 10, 2019 2:00pm

Akron-Summit County Public Library Auditorium

Verb Ballets continues the celebration of the life and work of Ian Horvath on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm in a matinee performance at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Auditorium. He is best known as a founder of the Cleveland Ballet and an AIDS activist. His legacy will live on through this special matinee which includes his first and last works plus documentary interview excerpts. A panel will discuss the AIDS epidemic and its impact on a generation of dancers, who were lost to the disease. This performance is generously supported by the Peg’s Foundation and the Akron Community Foundation.

Please note Kaye Eichman’s, Mendelssohn Italian Symphony, will only be performed in Cleveland at the Dance Legacy show on February 9, 2019.

Photo: Christopher Duggan Photography


February 10, 2019 2:00pm


Akron-Summit County Public Library Auditorium
60 South High Street
Akron, OH 44326
Located inside the downtown Library


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Ian (Ernie) Horvath (1943-1990)

Ian (Ernie) Horvath, was formerly producing director of the Jose Limon Dance Foundation, a founder of the Cleveland Ballet, and a soloist with Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. He died of AIDS in 1990. Mr. Horvath was 46 years old. “Ernie Horvath was one of the wisest, most ecumenical, most passionate artists and counselors that dance will ever know,” Donald A. Moore, executive director of Dance/USA, a national service organization for professional dance, said. “He was an irresistible statesman. He had valuable, informed opinions on esthetics and institutions, steps and balance sheets, and he used these effectively in a life dedicated to the advancement of the art form he loved.” Mr. Horvath, a native of Cleveland, danced with Joffrey Ballet from 1964 to 1966, creating roles in Gerald Arpino’s “Viva Vivaldi!” and “Olympics.” In the mid-1960s, he also appeared on Broadway in “Sweet Charity,” “Funny Girl,” and “Fade Out-Fade In.” He also danced in television specials. Mr. Horvath, a faunlike, mercurial dancer, joined American Ballet Theatre in 1967, appearing in a variety of classical and contemporary roles. He left in 1972 to found the Cleveland Ballet (later the Cleveland-San Jose Ballet) with Dennis Nahat, and was its artistic director until 1983. His final performance as a dancer was in 1988 at City Center, when he appeared in “Together,” a program featuring Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones. Mr. Horvath began choreographing in 1974. His last piece, created for the Limon Dance Company in 1988, was No Dominion, a dance inspired by his illness. His ballets are in the repertories of the Cleveland-San Jose Ballet, Ballet Nuevo de Caracas, the Limon Dance Company, Ballet Tucson, Verb Ballets, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Mr. Horvath was an articulate spokesman for dance and for people with AIDS. He was associate director of the Carlisle Project, a national developmental program for ballet choreographers, and had been chairman of Dance/USA and a dance panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He was also a consultant to the City Center in New York and was developing special dance projects when he died.

Akron-Summit County Public Library

Main Auditorium
60 South High Street, Akron, OH 44326

Parking deck is available next to the library