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Akron, Ohio
Friday, 9 February 2018 - 8:00 PM
The Akron Symphony Orchestra welcomes Neos Dance Theatre and The University of Akron’s Dance Institute to the stage for Petrushka on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.

The performance will take place at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

The first half of the evening will feature Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture and Nino Rota’s La strada from the 1954 Federico Fellini film of the same name.

For this premiere of Petrushka, Robert Wesner, Neos’ artistic director, takes a different direction with the ballet. While remaining true to the questions the original production raised about how we, as humanity, find purpose for existing, the vision for this performance is to reflect on who the characters are today.

The work of the late Mikhail Fokine, a groundbreaking Russian choreographer and dancer, inspired Wesner to strip the world of Petrushka down even further from its now deemed “traditional setting” and allow each character within the ballet to build the archetype of greater self-awareness.

As Wesner "tips his hat" to certain elements of the original story and characters (note the dancing bear), the larger purpose of the new production dwells within the whirling marvel of Stravinsky’s score, and the freedom it allows all listeners to hear within it their own life story. In many ways, as we move through the ballet we are all Stravinsky’s puppets.

A Preview from the Podium, featuring Maestro Christopher Wilkins discussing the evening’s program, will begin at 7 p.m.
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