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Fifth Season of THE DANCE SERIES Opens This November

June 2, 2014

World-class ballet, modern and contemporary dance return to the Des Moines Civic Center when Des Moines Performing Arts kicks off the fifth season of The Dance Series this November.

PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY, DIAVOLO and COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET make up the 2014-15 season of The Dance Series. Season tickets start at just $50 for the three-show package.

Season tickets go on sale Monday, June 9 at 9 a.m. at the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.

About the Shows

Nov. 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Led by the legendary choreographer Paul Taylor, the PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. A pioneer of American modern dance, Paul Taylor’s dynamic, thought-provoking work continues to push boundaries and remains “deeply communicative and wildly theatrical” (San Francisco Examiner). The program will feature three selections from Taylor’s diverse repertoire, including the WORLD PREMIERE of his 141st work.

“Paul Taylor is without question the greatest living American choreographer.”
San Francisco Chronicle

For more information, visit ptdc.org.

Jan. 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

DIAVOLO reinvents dance, reimagines theater, and redefines thrills. Using sculptural structures, DIAVOLO explores the relationship between the dangers of our environment and the fragility of the human body — fusing everyday movement with ballet, contemporary dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts and hip-hop. The program will feature three dances, including the PREMIERE of a new work entitled Cubicle, co-commissioned by Des Moines Performing Arts.

“Diavolo has been called ‘the NFL of dance’ for its seriously athletic, often high-risk performance style.” — San Diego Union-Tribune

About Cubicle:

Set in an abstract, mid-20th century, corporate America, Cubicle explores the secrets, mystery, and competition of the workplace. The corporate culture of Mad Men begins to shape and define the workplace and dancer/workers manipulate abstract boxes, while themes emerge such as exclusion, solitude, and multi-tasking.

For more information, visit diavolo.org/.


April 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Founded by two former ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER members, the company’s foremost innovation is that dance should be about removing boundaries. COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET transcends the limiting traditions of a single style, period or culture — creating an open, continually evolving form of dance that reflects the movement of our world.

“Cross-cultural ballet with attitude…wearing toe shoes never looked so much fun.” — Washington Post

For more information, visit complexionsdance.org/.

The Dance Series Community Engagment

Before and after each performance, audience members will have an opportunity to connect with the company’s artistic staff and dancers through DANCEtalks. Local dancers will also get the unique opportunity to learn directly from members of each company at master dance classes.

About Des Moines Performing Arts

Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 35 years of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on three stages in Des Moines — the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater and the Temple Theater. The organization also operates Cowles Commons (formerly Nollen Plaza), a longtime Des Moines landmark currently under redesign and renovation. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony and StageWest. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.