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… And All That Jazz: The Roaring ’20s Come to Life in Ballet Quad Cities’ "Blue River" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 02:43

Ballet Quad Cities' Jason Gomez, Jake Lyon, Margaret Huling, and Colin ClaypoolTurn-of-the-20th-Century Davenport - its riverfront Bucktown area rife with saloons, speakeasys, and brothels - was, in its time, widely considered "the wickedest city in America." But Ballet Quad Cities' Matthew Keefe found a description he likes even more.

"There's a quote from the period," says Keefe, "that goes, ‘If God has forsaken Chicago, he's never even visited Davenport, Iowa."

Lift, Lift, Lift, Lift, Lift: Ballet Quad Cities’ New Artistic Director, Matthew Keefe PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 29 August 2006 22:46

Matthew KeefeIn the wake of Artistic Director Johanne Jakhelln's departure from Ballet Quad Cities after nine seasons, Executive Director Joedy Cook found a replacement in Minneapolis-based Matthew Keefe, who first worked with Cook and Ballet Quad Cities eight years ago. "I just started calling my friends in the dance world," says Cook, "and Matthew was one of the first people I called."

Arriving in the Quad Cities on August 23, Keefe was immediately put to work, with auditions for Ballet Quad Cities' winter performance of The Nutcracker the following evening; forthcoming projects for Keefe include a springtime collaboration between Ballet Quad Cities and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (March 3 and 4, 2007), an original, one-act ballet based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (dates to be determined), and the upcoming Ballet Rocks II, being held at Davenport's Capitol Theatre October 6 through 8.

Ballet Effectively Captures Anne Frank’s Life PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Johanna Welzenbach-Hilliard   
Tuesday, 31 May 2005 18:00
The Diary of Anne Frank is practically synonymous with the Holocaust. For this reason, Alan Ross, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, asked Ballet Quad Cities to create a dance based on the book as part of the community project “Beyond the Holocaust: Lessons for Today.

Ballet Quad Cities Moves from “Home” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 26 November 2002 18:00
With only one exception, the home of The Nutcracker in the Quad Cities has been the Capitol Theatre in downtown Davenport. “We love it there,” said Joedy Cook, executive director of Ballet Quad Cities, the company that puts on the annual holiday production.

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