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Dayton Ballet Presents


Apr 2 - Apr 5, 2020

Victoria Theatre


This production has been canceled. If you have tickets, please hold on to them and the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will be in touch with you about your options. For more information, please visit the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance website.


Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present an exciting ballet entitled Calling from internationally acclaimed choreographer Ma Cong. Resident choreographer of Tulsa Ballet, Ma Cong hails from National Ballet of China and Beijing Dance Academy. He has won Pointe Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, and he has been named one of the 25 choreographers to watch by Dance Magazine. He brings his innovative work to Dayton Ballet for the first time with Calling, a modern piece for six dancers. The work is set to the music of Goran Bregović, a Yugoslav musician of Serbian and Croatian descent whose music and life inspired the piece, combined with the music of Kroke, a Polish musical group. The passionate voice in the Mediterranean music lends itself to the playful and energetic movement of the piece, which is filled with delicate partnering.

Choreographer Penny Saunders returns to Dayton Ballet with a poignant piece called Berceuce, from the French lullaby of the same name. A simple duet of cello and piano portrays the fullness of melancholy music that constitutes this touching lullaby from the French opera Jocelyn. One couple will take the stage for an intimate and emotional pas de deux.

In a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the full company of Dayton Ballet dancers will dance the third section of Beethoven’s Ninth, the Season Opening Spectacular performance from September 2018. Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke presents an elegant neo-classical ballet, with simple, contemporary costumes, set to one of the finest pieces of music ever composed.

Finally, Dayton Ballet is excited to bring back to the stage A Streetcar Named Desire, which enjoyed its world premiere in Dayton in 2008. Choreographed by Karen Russo Burke, this ballet follows the full story of the 1947 Broadway hit by famed playwright Tennessee Williams. Characters from Williams’ play, including Stella, Blanche and Stanley, will all be clearly represented in the piece. With steamy New Orleans as the setting, this ballet is danced to ingenious original music from composer Billy Sokol. The composition is primarily jazz, filled with unique instrumentation that includes a harmonica and the very southern-inspired presence of the washboards. Film provided by Richard Wonderling will help transport Dayton to “The Big Easy” in the late 1940s, and the stunning choreography will bring to life the tangled relationships and sultry drama in one of Tennessee Williams’ finest works.


Sign interpretation and/or audio description available upon request. Please let the ticket agent know at least two weeks before the performance if you would like either of these services when you order your tickets from Dayton Live. Please understand that while we will make every effort to make reasonable accommodations, certain requests may not be able to be honored.

For detailed accessibility information, including seating, audio, and sign interpretation please visit our Accessibility page.


The Arts Garage, on the northwest corner of Second and Ludlow Streets, open for all performances at the Schuster Center, Victoria Theatre, and PNC Arts Annex. The Arts Garage is owned and operated by Dayton Live, so parking there actually helps support the arts venues used by all our great arts organizations. For more parking information, visit our Directions & Parking page.

Ticket Information

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Apr 2, 7:30PM
Apr 2
Apr 3, 8:00PM
Apr 3
Apr 4, 8:00PM
Apr 4
Apr 5, 3:00PM
Apr 5