• Phoenix/Scottsdale
Mon. 27 April '15

Phoenix Ballet’s “Rising” Features World-Renowned Artists and World Premieres


The Phoenix Ballet will premiere Rising on May 16 and 17 at the Mesa Arts Center, before touring to the Sedona Performing Arts Center on May 21, and then the Lodz International Ballet Festival in Poland on May 26 and 27. The show features four distinct, eye-catching ballets by different choreographers and two world-premieres performed by internationally recognized dancers.

Phoenix ballet is under the artistic direction of Slawomir Woźniak, who founded the Master Ballet Academy and launched the performance company that gave professional dancers the opportunity to perform world-class productions. Rising is comprised of four different ballets: String of ThoughtsThe AwakeningSolstice and Only Love.

String of Thoughts is a world premiere by dancer/choreographer Albert Blaise Cattafi, who is a member of Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance and has performed with Cirque de Soleil. It is a story of new love through movement, color, emotion, and the unique personality of each dancer.

The Awakening is directed by Ricky Palomino, while Slawomir Wozniak’s Only Love will make its U.S. Debut. Francisco Gella’s Solstice rounds out the production and features a neoclassical ballet set to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

The Mesa Arts Center is located at 1 East Main Street in Mesa. Tickets start at $20 and discounts are available for children, students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased in person, online at www.mesaartscenter.com or by calling 480-644-6500.

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