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Cleveland Ballet Showcases Musicians Onstage With Dancers

September 13, 2016

Cleveland Orchestra Violinist Alexandra Preucil Joins Others in Changing the Rules for Accompanying Musicians

CLEVELAND, OH September 13, 2016—Always looking to establish new standards for classical ballet, Cleveland Ballet breaks with tradition and brings the musicians out of the orchestra pit and onto the stage during its October premiere of “A Celebration of Dance and Music”. Traditional ballet may rely on music to elevate the dance and emotional story but the musicians themselves remain anonymous. By placing the musicians within the dancers’ area, audiences will witness the fluidity of motion and physical beauty the instrumentalists exude while playing. In addition, dancers will be able to interact with the musicians reinforcing how Cleveland Ballet seeks to re-imagine and redefine Northeast Ohio’s expectations of this centuries old form of dance.
Violinist Alexandra Preucil, artistic musical supervisor for Cleveland Ballet, will be featured in the performance which will include original choreography by Ramón Thielen set to music chosen in collaboration with Preucil. “To be an active collaborator,” shares Preucil, “to help select the musical pieces that will inspire the stories the company dances is exciting. How often does an orchestral musician have an opportunity to shape another artist’s work? This is a wonderful and unique opportunity. It’s why I so enjoy working with Cleveland Ballet.”
A select number of other musicians will join Preucil onstage and accompany the resident company as they dance and celebrate the best of Cleveland’s music and dance community.
“Cleveland Ballet wants to set a new standard for ballet and artistic collaborations,” notes Gladisa Guadalupe, Artistic Director. “Creating an exciting company goes beyond the dance repertoire, it includes establishing creative and collaborative partnerships that take full advantage of everyone’s talents and helps them discover new ways to use their talents. Having Lexi and the musical ensemble she assembled with us for season two is wonderful.”
The curtain will rise at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 on the stage of the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. To purchase tickets ($25-$99) and learn more about how to support Cleveland Ballet or enter into an educational partnership, please visit For VIP packages or group ticket discounts visit or call: 216-640-8603. # # #