Momentum: Fosse Style deemed “sensual, stylish and smashing”

OMAHA — October 23, 2017 — Ballet Nebraska opened its eighth season Friday evening with Momentum: Fosse Style! to thunderous applause and a standing ovation at Witherspoon Hall at Joslyn Art Museum, with a second performance Sunday at Arts Center at  Iowa Western.

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Momentum is Ballet Nebraska’s annual mixed-repertory production showcasing the variety and versatility of its resident and guest choreographers.

Highlights included In the Style of Bob Fosse — staged personally on Ballet Nebraska by Fosse’s friend, protégée and off-stage paramour, Broadway superstar Ann Reinking with Gary Chryst — which Omaha World-Herald praised as “sensual, stylish and smashing.”

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Katherine Eppink, Wyatt Payne and Anders Southerland in “Appalachian Childhood Dreams,” one of the pieces in Erika Overturff’s extraordinary new work “Appalachian Song.”

The “star of the show” as deemed by Betsie Freeman (World-Herald), was artistic director Erika Overturff’s original work, Appalachian Song, created in collaboration with Joslyn Art Museum’s exhibit featuring the works of illustrator Brian Flocca.

“Overturff’s ballet was a panoramic look at the joys and sorrows of mountain people, from sharply funny… to exquisitely mournful,” said Ms. Freeman.

The festive mix of sparkling choreography also included Bricolage, a new work by company artist Erin Alarcón, the revival of ballet master Matthew Carter’s original work, Caprice, and a classic Marius Petipa pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty.

Ballet Nebraska continues its season with a special pre-Thanksgiving performance of The Nutcracker at Arts Center at Iowa Western on Nov. 19, followed by a three-show run at Orpheum Theater in Omaha on Dec. 2 and 3.

In late December, the company begins a series of tours to Florida, including the Ballet Vero Beach production of Adam Schnell’s The Nutcracker on The Indian River, followed by All Rodriguez, Jan 29-30; Dance from the Dancers, Feb. 16; and Circle of Influence, Apr. 6-7.

The season culminates with the company’s production of Oskar Antunez’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Orpheum Theater in Omaha, May 5-6.

Tickets are on sale now.