Current Grant Projects
Through its competitive grants process, the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts selected three projects for the new arts season. Organizations sponsoring/presenting these projects are the Dayton Philharmonic, Victoria Theatre Association, and the Dayton Ballet.
The Season started with a Powerful Rarity
Audiences were treated to a grand look at the Dayton artistic scene with Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem. Seldom performed with so many stars under one roof, this format employed the usual solo and orchestral forces, but also expanded choral forces and dramatic staging, dance, lighting, and projection. Verdi’s magnificent “opera in disguise” required a large double chorus, four operatic soloists, and large orchestra. The Miriam Rosenthal Foundation’s support made this historically groundbreaking piece possible in this expanded and innovative way on the stage at the Schuster Center.
New Production of Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose
The Dayton Ballet has not performed Sleeping Beauty in more than thirty-five years; the last time was in 1980 when the Ballet performed Stuart Sebastian’s classical libretto ballet version.
As envisioned by Ms. Burke, the new production will have a horticultural theme and will feature whimsical flower fairies and woodland creatures who will retell the story of Briar Rose, adopted by a childless couple. The “prince” is an arborist named Arden, and the villain, a vulture called Cinereous. The story will remain the well-known classic tale, but with an inventive perspective on the theme of “good vs evil.”
In addition to the Dayton Ballet professional company of dancers, the cast will include dancers from Dayton Ballet II. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany Dayton Ballet, performing the well-known score of Tchaikovsky.
A special feature of this project, and in keeping with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’ vision to “transform lives through the power of music and dance”, will be Dayton Ballet’s first ballet to be adapted to include a sensory-friendly performance. For individuals with sensory sensitivities like Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Cognitive Disorders, this extra performance of Sleeping Beauty should be a safe, comfortable, welcoming and enriching arts experience.
Current plans are for Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose to be debuted in April 2019.
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will be spreading its talents and resources into the community in new and different ways. Designed to increase awareness of the DPAA — all while bringing some cheer and delivering some professional-level artistic creativity — artists will pop up in settings sure to surprise and delight. Follow the traveling show on social media as all of the Dayton area can be transformed into a performance space at any time. The Miriam Rosenthal Foundation has agreed to lend its financial support, and we look forward to the fun and performances to follow!