August 5, 2015
Convergence Ballet Company brings dance back to summer with METEMPSYCHOSIS
Scottsdale, AZ – The celebrated Convergence Ballet Company returns to the local art scene this month, with two highly anticipated performances of METEMPSYCHOSIS at Tempe Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 16 at 2:00 p.m.
The non-profit professional summer ballet company took a three-year hiatus after its impressive second season. Founder and artistic director Jennifer Cafarella, who used the downtime to earn a graduate degree in pedagogical studies and choreography, was delighted to witness significant growth in Convergence’s classically trained dancers over the past few years.
“We took a few seasons off, and we are back stronger than ever,” says Cafarella. “We are excited to be at Tempe Center for the Arts for METEMPSYCHOSIS. It is a very intimate and beautiful theater where the audience can really feel the energy and emotions that we are trying to project.”
METEMPSYCHOSIS will feature pieces by resident choreographer Daniel Marshalsay and visiting choreographers Thom Dancy and Kevin Jenkins. “It has been a pleasure rehearsing my new creation ‘Fragments’ with Convergence Ballet Company,” observes Marshalsay. “The high caliber of dancers and their eagerness to learn and work hard really makes it easy to be in the studio everyday with them.”
Traditionally considered the off-season in the dance industry, the summer months offer very little for audiences here in the Valley. Convergence Ballet Company was founded in 2010 to fill this void by performing professional contemporary ballets that spotlight seasoned dancers and accomplished choreographers.
“I am grateful for Convergence Ballet Company for providing this source and outlet for art in the Phoenix area,” remarks Marshalsay. “It is hard to find good dance and culture here, especially during the summer months. Not only is Convergence Ballet providing that, they are providing a platform to push the art form forward and add some culture for the public here in the Valley to enjoy.”
Tickets for METEMPSYCHOSIS are currently on sale for $35.00 through Tempe Center for the Arts, available online at https://tca.ticketforce.com/, by phone at 480-350-2822, or in person at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281. Convergence is donating $2.00 of every ticket sale to Crisis Nursery’s Children’s Shelter, which provides medical care, social and behavioral services, education, and crisis counseling to at-risk children and their families throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.
About Convergence Ballet Company
Convergence Ballet Company is a non-profit summer dance company established in 2010. The company features professional dancers, with performances during the off-season months of the summer. Online: www.convergenceballet.org and www.facebook.com/ConvergenceBallet.
Contact: Jennifer Cafarella
Artistic Director, Convergence Ballet Company
16211 N. Scottsdale Rd, Suite 477
Scottsdale, AZ 85254