420 South 6th Street, Springfield
Saturday, September 15, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 16, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $16 to $26
at UIS, Sangamon Auditorium
This year’s Rockballet, featuring live music from Downstate, is a must-see event. The popular annual production by Springfield Ballet Company is an explosive merging of ballet, modern, jazz and other dance styles, showcasing the talent and diversity of our company dancers and some amazing guest artists.
BUNN is the sponsor of this year’s production of Rockballet, set for Saturday, September 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium. Ticket prices range from $16 to $26 and are available by calling the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office at (217) 206-6160 or buy tickets online HERE!
Guest choreographers include: Hernan Justo and Francesca Genovese of Carolina Ballet Theatre, Julie Tice formerly with Paul Taylor Dance Company, Krenly Guzman, Todd Kiech and Herman Payne as well as local choreographers Gina DeCroix Russell, Meghan Loman, Tiffany Riech and Angela Fearheiley.
WYMG is the media sponsor for this year’s production. Rockballet, with live music by the band Downstate, will showcase songs by legendary artists such as Adele, Queen, The Civil Wars, Gotye, Prince, Regina Spektor and Billy Joel — just to name a few!
Downstate band members include Damien Kaplan, Mary Kate Smith, Kristen Anderson, David Anderson, Brian Earleywine, Tim Niemeyer, Robb Stark, Brock Bennett, Mike Wallace and guests – the Springfield High School Seven and Senators choir.
A vivid and exciting mix of adventurous choreography, memorable music and high-intensity dancing, Rockballet promises to be an unforgettable performance both visually and audibly.
The Springfield Ballet Company is a civic, not-for-profit ballet company that has been entertaining and educating area audiences since 1975 and is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The company offers three major productions at the University of Illinois at Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium each year, and also performs at festivals, schools and nursing homes throughout central Illinois. SBC is committed to providing equitable opportunities for company dancers to be trained in and to perform the art of dance, and to offer opportunities for all members of the central Illinois community to be educated and entertained.
Other upcoming SBC events include its 38th anniversary of The Nutcracker, on December 8 and 9, 2012, and The Sleeping Beauty on April 27 and 28, 2013. Open auditions for The Nutcracker will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23. For more information, please contact Artistic Director Julie Ratz or Administrative Director Sally Hamilton at (217) 544-1967.