MUSCATINE, IOWA (April 21, 2021) — Muscatine will be one of three stops on the “Dance into Spring” tour, bringing together Ballet Des Moines and Hancher Auditorium. The free outdoor performance will take place on the Muscatine Riverfront on May 2, 5:30PM, and will feature company dancers from Ballet Des Moines, performers from the University of Iowa’s Dance Company, and special guests from the acclaimed Miami City Ballet. Musicians from the Roseman String Quartet, featuring members of the Des Moines Symphony, will perform live music for one segment.

“This tour represents the first in-person performances for Ballet Des Moines since December 2019,” explains Blaire Massa, Executive Director, Ballet Des Moines. “We are thrilled to be sharing these beautiful works with the Muscatine community. Though we have not partnered before, Ballet Des Moines and Hancher recognize that creative partnerships like ours are exactly what our communities need as we reemerge from the past year, truly demonstrating the resilient and vibrant creative community in Iowa and bringing joy and inspiration directly to our communities this spring.”

While the partnership between Ballet Des Moines and Hancher is new, this performance marks a return of Hancher to the community. In 2018, Hancher and several local groups collaborated to present “Follow the Music: A day celebrating the legacy of Dick and Mary Jo Stanley” featuring a performance by Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Over the years, Hancher has brought the Joffrey Ballet and Ballet West II to Muscatine. Chuck Swanson, Executive Director, Hancher Auditorium, states that he and his team are excited to bring dancers once again to “our friends in Muscatine”. He continues, “Artists always feel the warmth and excitement from your community, and we love the setting at Riverside Park. I cannot wait until May 2!”

Special events and performances are among the many gatherings we have missed over the last year. “Dance into Spring” is a wonderful opportunity to gather while continuing to mask and maintain social-distancing. Hancher, Ballet Des Moines, and organizers in the Muscatine community are committed to supporting public health measures for the well-being and safety of audiences, staff, and performers. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with efforts to maintain social-distance. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs as well as picnics and other snacks.

In advance of the performance, there are opportunities for young dancers to meet the professional dancers and for young musicians and performers from the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra to connect with the Roseman String Quartet. Both groups of performers will be available for “Question and Answer” sessions at 12:30PM, May 2. The dancers will meet near the temporary stage while the musicians will be available near the Red Brick Building on the riverfront. Anyone wishing to participate in the sessions will be expected to wear a mask and observe social distancing.

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is one of the sponsors for the tour. Their sponsorship was made in memory of Mary Jo and Dick Stanley.


In Formation Ballet Des Moines

Choreography Ma Cong

Music Philip Glass

Sliding Figures (Andante con moto) Ballet Des Moines

Choreography  Serkan Usta

Music Roseman Quartet (live)

Pas de deux from Don Quixote — Carlos Quenedit and Katia Carranza of Miami City Ballet

And Let's Go — UI Dance Company

Choreography — Alex Bush, UI Department of Dance

Music — Hawkeye Marching Band

De Antônio, de Brincante e Vira Mundo — UI Dance Company

Choreography — Armando Duarte, UI Department of Dance

Music — Antônio Nóbrega

About Ballet Des Moines

Ballet Des Moines was launched as a professional ballet company in 2012, bringing world-class performing artists to the Des Moines community for classical and contemporary main stage productions. Ballet Des Moines offers training opportunities for pre-professional dancers and engages thousands of local youth each year through rich educational and outreach programs. The mission of Ballet Des Moines is to enrich lives through inspiring dance performances, inclusive education and outreach programs, and innovative community partnerships.

About Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa

Hancher is a multidisciplinary performing arts presenter committed to connecting artists and audiences with transformational artistic experiences. For nearly 50 years, Hancher has been the cultural hub of the University of Iowa campus—presenting world-class dance, music, and theater. Along the way, Hancher has extended its reach far beyond campus, engaging thousands of Iowans each year, on campus, throughout the community, and across the state. Hancher is one of the leading university presenters of the performing arts in the nation and has earned an international reputation for excellence.

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