October 20 Ballet Nebraska Presents Momentum
Program begins at 7:30 PM

Ballet Nebraska in partnership with Joslyn Art Museum presents Momentum: Fosse Style!

Broadway legend Ann Reinking joins us this season to stage a Bob Fosse medley just for Ballet Nebraska. Fosse, a nine-time Tony Award® winner, created iconic choreography that set new standards. Reinking, also a Tony® winner, is a principal authority on his style and work. It’s part of the brilliant mix you’ll see in Momentum

This year Momentum is presented in conjunction with the Joslyn Art Museum’s Travels with Brian Floca exhibition, featuring illustrations from the book Ballet for Martha. Floca is a Caldecott Medal-winning artist who, along with award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, tells the behind the scenes story of Appalachian Spring, an iconic ballet that debuted in October of 1944. The book highlights the work of choreographer Martha Graham, composer Aaron Copland, and artist Isamu Noguchi who join together in the creative process to produce the well-known American classic.

You will enjoy a new work created by Artistic Director Erika Overturff called "Appalachian Song" in connection with the exhibition. The artistic process told in the story Ballet for Martha is further examined as we look at how a new work such as "Appalachian Song" is created from the spark of an idea to the curtain closing. Themes such as the culture of the Appalachian region, music, history, poverty, struggle, perseverance, and hope will be explored through this educational and entertaining program.

On Thursday, October 19, or Friday, October 20, Momentum school matinees will feature a variety of short dance works, conversations with a choreographer, and the chance for some student groups to tour Joslyn’s permanent collection and enjoy a brown bag lunch at the Museum. For space availability, e-mail Tom Simons, Youth & Families Program Manager, or visit Ballet Nebraska online.

Tickets ($22-$53) are available at ticketomaha.com or by calling (402) 345-0606. Special VIP tickets are available for $78 which includes premium seating plus a post-performance patron reception in Joslyn’s Fountain Court. Enjoy a tasty bite and a chance to celebrate with the cast. As a special benefit, Joslyn members will receive a 15% discount on Momentum tickets purchased by October 13 when they use the code JOSLYN. Following Friday night’s performance, join Ballet Nebraska for a Patron Reception with the cast! Reception tickets are $25 additional at ticketomaha.com or (402) 345-0606.