Previews at Cleveland Public Theatre
February 17-19, 2022 7:00pm
Be the first to see Romeo and Juliet in preparation for the world premiere. Verb Ballets has commissioned award-winning choreographer Joshua L. Peugh, of New Mexico, to create a contemporized version using the plot and structure of Shakespeare’s play. He will reflect poignant issues of our current political and social reality in this new ballet. DanceWorks will allow the choreographer and artists to work through the new production on stage before the world premiere. This show may change every night as a work in progress! The world premiere is at E.J. Thomas Hall on February 26, 2022.
CPT COVID-19 Safety Protocols
All staff, volunteers, artists, and audience members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who cannot be vaccinated will be required to provide proof of a negative test result received from a completed lab-certified antigen COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours prior to entering the theatre or a negative test result received from a completed PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the theatre. At-home tests will not be accepted. See details here.
World Premiere at EJ Thomas Hall
February 26, 2022 7:30pm
Verb Ballets presents its world premiere of recently commissioned Romeo and Juliet with choreography by Joshua L. Peugh. Peugh, and award-winning choreographer, has been named as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” In this new contemporary ballet, the plot and structure of Shakespeare’s play work alongside the mythology of the story and characters themselves with live music by distinguished pianist, Nathan Carterette. Peugh takes adventurous approach to exploring the intersecting themes of freedom and mortality, while reflecting poignant issues of our current political and social reality. The ballet moves audiences to understand movement as a universal language—accessible to all. Through his work, Peugh aims for audiences to connect, interact, and react to one another in the depths of our humanness.
EJ Thomas COVID-19 Safety Protocols
This production the auditorium will be sold at half capacity to allow for social distancing. All guests are required to wear masks in the theatre regardless of vaccination status. See details here.
February 26, 2022 7:30pm
E.J. Thomas Hall
198 Hill St Akron, OH 44325
Ticket fees apply
Call the E. J. Box Office at 330-972-7570
10AM – 4PM Monday-Friday
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Joshua L. Peugh
Joshua L. Peugh is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and Co-founder of Fair Assembly. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, he has created work for festivals in Asia, Europe, and North America, winning awards for his choreography in South Korea, Japan, Canada, and the USA. He was the recipient of the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre’s 18th Annual Choreography Festival and was chosen as one of Dance Magazine‘s “25 to Watch.” Joshua served as choreographer for legendary soprano Kathleen Battle’s concert Underground Railroad – A Spiritual Journey and was the 2018 recipient of the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence.