The 7th annual “Evening With The Stars” sponsored by Indianapolis City Ballet, will be presented on Saturday, Sept. Oct. 3, 7 p.m., at Clowes Memorial Hall on the Campus of Butler University. Highly regarded as one of Indianapolis’ premier cultural events, it has been on the atombash.com end-of-the-year top ten performing arts list every since the first gala was held in 2009.
The 2015 edition of “Evening With The Stars” which celebrates world class dancers and international ballet works will feature Russian ballerina Evgenia Obraztsova is a principal with Bolshoi Ballet and a frequent guest artist with The Royal Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Tokyo Ballet as well as a guest soloist with Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre. She will be performing one of her most famous roles—the Romeo & Juliet Balcony scene with music by Sergie Prokofiev. Dancing with Obraztsova with fellow Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Valdislav Lantratov.
The roster of high profile dancers also includes Gillian Murphy (Principal Ballerina, American Ballet Theatre), Maria Kochketkova (Principal Ballerina, San Francisco Ballet/American Ballet Theatre), Daniil Simkin (Principal, American Ballet Theatre) and James Whiteside (Principal, American Ballet Theatre).
This year, the program will also feature new attractions in the form of Broadway and ballroom. Georgina Pazcoguin, soloist with New York City Ballet and Broadway star Tyler Hanes will dance the “Lonely Town/ Pas de deux” from the Tony-nominated Broadway hit, “On the Town.” It’s a new addition that Kevin Hesse, ICB founding executive director producer is excited about. “Ballet had a strong presence last year on Broadway. It is nice to be able to present the piece because everybody on Broadway has some background in ballet to begin with. It is the core of all dance training. It will be the first time the work has been seen outside of a Broadway theater. It’s almost impossible to get.” International Ballroom champions Antonina Skabina and Denys Drozdyuk, according to Hesse “will bring drama, emotion, and exceptional technique to the stage in an explosive paso doble.”
“Evening With the Stars” helps not only to raise funds for the educational outreach efforts of Indianapolis City Ballet, but also builds the infrastructure, including audience development and philanthropic cultivation. About ICB’s growth Hesse says “I am very pleased with where we are today. I am sorry it hasn’t gone faster but there isn’t the market for that, I must say. There isn’t the funding. We’ve got some very influential, powerful and affluent people involved in what we do and we are not necessarily their first priority. There are a lot of worthy causes in the city and the state and of course, beyond that. I think ballet, for many people, remains a secondary cause and we are changing minds but it’s slow. I think our Competition (Indianapolis International Ballet Competition inaugurated in 2015) opens a whole different vein for what we can do. The outcome is not just bringing new talent into Indianapolis. It also about cementing that Indianapolis is a real force in ballet. I think we are one of the most exciting ballet cities in America and I don’t think it is as well known in Indianapolis as it is outside of the city.”
In addition to its Competition and “EWTS,” Indianapolis City Ballet is dedicated to its mission to ensure that Indianapolis and the surrounding region have access to quality ballet through the presentation of unique opportunities for arts exposure throughout the nation. ICB’s master class series, sponsored by Jock and Penny Fortune, provides young dancers the opportunity to train under the foremost ballet teachers and coaches.
ICB also has an ongoing collaboration with WFYI-Public Television which has resulted in the creation of two Emmy-nominated specials with national distribution that have been seen by millions of people.
Tickets for “Evening with the Stars” range from $35 to $100 for general reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling TicketMaster (http://bit.ly/1J9kekn, 1-800-982-2787) or calling the Clowes Box Office (317-940-6444). Discounts are available for schools and studios.
Special VIP Tickets range from $1,500 to $250 for Patrons with pre- and post-performance event with the artists. These tickets are available directly from ICB.
For more information about Indianapolis City Ballet and “Evening With the Stars, visit indianapoliscityballet.org.