A.A.V.A. Ballet Theatre Presents the Rock Ballet Vortex
Now Free to the Public!
Reno, NV - The Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch will come alive with
ballet grace and passionate rock, dance, and alternative music as A.V.A. Ballet Theatre
presents the rock ballet Vortex July 15th and 16th as part of the Artown celebration.
Artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting contemporary ballet
that will be like no other you have ever seen. Imagine ballerinas performing grande jetés to
music by popular rock artists. The stage will feature scaffolding and exciting props and sets
that will create a visual spectacle that cannot be missed.
Thanks to generous support from the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, the E.L. Cord
Foundation, the Nell J. Redfield Foundation and the Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation, the
rock ballet Vortex is free to the public. The gates open at 7:30pm for picnicking and the
shows begin at 8:30pm. This is a PG-13 production.
A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company for the Pioneer Center for the
Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada's largest company under the instruction of a
professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and
production companies across the United States and Europe.
Vortex during the month of July is part of the 21th annual Artown festival, July 2016. The
month-long summer arts festival features more than 500 events produced by more than 100
cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide. Artown receives major funding
from the City of Reno, and is sponsored by Grand Sierra Resort, U.S. Bank, NV Energy,
Reno Tahoe USA, RGJ Media, KOLO 8 News Now, Reno Media Group, and KNPB Public
Television. Additional support is received from the Nevada Arts Council and the National
Endowment for the Arts.
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