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Verb Ballets: choreographer Anthony Krutzkamp


Verb Ballets returns to Cain Park for a captivating summer series. Featured on the program will be the company premiere of Similar by former Cincinnati Ballet principal and Co-Artistic Director for Kansas City Dance Festival, Anthony Krutzkamp. His works have been noted as, “innovative and organic, producing a dynamic, fresh take on contemporary dance.” Also to reappear on stage is Dark Matter by Tommie-Waheed Evans which is the fierce, nonstop dance which CoolCleveland described as, “an exuberant musical visualization in African-American dance style.” Other contemporary classics are in store for the program. Verb Ballets will also be performing at Cain Park's Kids Matinee Series on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1pm. Enjoy Shape Imagination, a playful journey in search of lines, shapes, and angles. Utilizing music from orchestral to operatic, dancers do vigorous lifts, jumps, and turns while handling delicate, brightly colored balloons. This will be followed by an interactive section with WiggleWords, Verb’s dance and literacy program. A short excerpt from a piece on the evening program will complete the matinee program.

Anthony Krutzkamp
Anthony was born in Alexandria, Kentucky. He began his formal training with Petrus Bosman and David Keener. Mr. Krutzkamp’s first company was Kansas City Ballet where he was cast as the Cat in Todd Bolender’s reconstruction of Balanchine’s Renard. Mr. Krutzkamp then moved onto Cincinnati Ballet where he was promoted every season until he reached the rank of principal dancer at age 23. He has performed such classical roles as Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Shakrier in 1001 Nights, and Romeo in Romeo & Juliet. He has also had the lead in works by George Balanchine including Emeralds in Jewels, Theme and Variations, Concerto Barocco, Tchaikovsky pas de deux and Chaconne. His contemporary works include ballets by Twyla Tharp, Jorma Elo, Adam Houghland, and Darrell Grand Maultrie. As an international guest artist Mr. Krutzkamp has performed Flames of Paris, Don Jose in Carmen, Solar in La Bayadere, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Franz in Coppelia, and Don Q Suite in Fukuoka and Okinawa, Japan. Mr. Krutzkamp holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Mr. Krutzkamp is making his mark as an emerging choreographer. He choreographed his first piece in Carnival of the Animals for Concert Nova (2010). Since then he has choreographed, A Tribute (2012) for Youth American Grand Prix. Later he created Familiar (2013) and Counterpose (2014) for Kansas City Ballet’s “New Moves” in the Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater. Last year for the Kansas City Dance Festival, he expanded his work Familiar to create Similar, which received rave reviews.

About Verb Ballets
Verb Ballets ignites audience passion and participation in contemporary dance. Under the leadership of Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson, Verb strives to support and foster emerging talent, to present excellence in contemporary choreographers, and to revive and honor modern dance classics. The company strives to be a thought leader in cultivating dance appreciation and support through education and outreach programs. In growing audience appreciation for dance Verb Ballets helps make northeast Ohio a national destination for the arts.