A newly formed partnership between Ballet Quad-Cities and the Cedar Rapids-based Orchestra Iowa is seen as a win-win by the Rock Island company’s executive director.
“Robert Massey, who is the executive director of Orchestra Iowa, had very much wanted to add ballet to their entire season once the Paramount (Theatre) opened,” Joedy Cook said. “The first thing they wanted to do was bring in a ‘Nutcracker.’ And the more we talked after he got here and saw the videotapes, the documentation, the caliber of the performers, the dancers, it just began to expand.”
So the symphony and the Cedar Rapids theater, reopening in November after 2008 flooding caused major damage, gets a resident ballet company.
And, in turn, Ballet Quad-Cities gets live music for two of its performances in the upcoming season.
“It’s always been a goal of our ballet company to have live music,” Cook said.
“There are so few ballet companies, and it
doesn’t matter how large or how small they are, that don’t have the luxury of live music,” she added. “For our community, for Cedar Rapids, it’s a coup and makes everything that both of our organizations do that much stronger.”
Ballet Q-C’s traditional “Nutcracker” will be the first weekend of December in Cedar Rapids and the following weekend at Davenport’s Adler Theatre.
The storybook ballet “Cinderella” will be April 13-14 at the Paramount and April 20-21 at the Adler.
The rest of the 16th Ballet Q-C season will be the return of “Dracula,” with Domingo Rubio, Sept. 28-29 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Moline; “Love Stories,” Feb. 16-17 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral; and “The Ugly Duckling” anti-bullying project, Feb. 21-22 at the Holzworth Performing Arts Center, Davenport North School.