The Cleveland Ballet will spend the summer in Vermilion, according to a new plan from the dance troupe and the Harbourtown Fine Arts Center.
The Arts Center, located in historic Vermilion Town Hall and Performance Hall at 736 Main Street, will host its first-ever professional ballet company in residence.
Jim Chapple, president of the HFAC, and Michael Krasnyanksy, president and CEO of the Cleveland Ballet, first announced the plan in August at a fundraising event at the home of Deanne and Scott Sprenger.
“We are delighted with our partnership with the lovely town of Vermilion,” Krasnyanksy said. “This is a unique opportunity for our business to expand our audience in Northeast Ohio not only to locals but also summer tourists who otherwise might not be able to see our traditional performances in Playhouse Square, in downtown Cleveland. “
Since the announcement, the company has performed the “Momentum” dance as a fundraiser for the arts center on September 18th.
“The show… was absolutely magical,” said Chapple. “It was just amazing and the whole city is buzzing with the possibility of that future with this relationship between the Cleveland Ballet and the Harbourtown Fine Arts Center.”
Next year, the 28-member Cleveland Ballet company will take the stage from August through September at the Harbourtown Fine Arts Center.
The opera house is expected to undergo major renovations this year.
The Sandusky Dorn Foundation has donated $ 10,000 for fire safety issues, and the HFAC is raising funds for new toilets accessible to people with disabilities.
These are key improvements to using the facility for public performances, Chapple said.
“The public will be able to discover world-renowned and distinguished artists from leading ballet companies,” including the New York City Ballet, the Bavarian State Ballet, the Israel Ballet Company, the AS Armenian Opera as well as the National Academic Ballet Theater, according to plans.
“The Cleveland Ballet will offer a unique program that will include classical, neoclassical and contemporary works,” the announcement said. “The diverse repertoire will be produced in collaboration with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Opera, offering Vermillion audiences a unique opportunity to experience three magnificent art forms from world-class artists.”
The collaboration “is an incredible opportunity, not only for Harbourtown Fine Arts Center, but for the city of Vermilion,” said Chapple.
“This partnership continues our mission of ‘nurturing the growth of fine art in the community’ and enables residents of Vermilion to see and experience all forms of art,” he said. “We hope that we can continue the restoration of this historic building with fundraising opportunities with the Cleveland Ballet, as well as offering troupe performances to our citizens.”
Vermilion Mayor Jim Forhofer commented on the collaboration in his September 13 report to city council.
“Whether you are a ballet fan or not, you have to agree that the recent decision of the Cleveland Ballet to relocate to Vermilion is a proud moment for our community,” said the mayor.
Forhofer credited Chapple for making arrangements with the Cleveland Ballet “selling them on the unique charms of Vermilion”.
The Cleveland Ballet is the third version of the performance company whose first incarnations date back to 1935.
The current Cleveland Ballet formed in 2014 by the Russian-American businessman and native of Odessa Krasnyansky and his wife, the artistic director of Puerto Rican origin Gladisa Guadalupe.
The current ballet company is based in Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.