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Dance Performances

Verb Ballets

When: Fri., Feb. 17 2012

Every picture tells a story — and so, too, does every work in tonight’s performance by Verb Ballets. Each of the evening’s three pieces illuminates a tale from another culture. That includes The Lily, a world premiere by Taiwanese choreographer Chung-Fu Chang; The Shakers by American modern-dance pioneer Doris Humphrey; and Otra Luna, choreographer Troy McCarty’s take on the tango, set in post-WWII Argentina. McCarty, an international ballet master based in Cleveland, says tango holds a special place in his heart. “I love the sound, the syncopation, and I find it wonderful to choreograph to. And in this piece, it makes a perfect metaphor for passion.” Tonight’s curtain is at 8 p.m. at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts in Ohio City. Advanced preferred seating is $28, general admission is $20, and students get in for $10. If your appetite extends beyond dance, consider dining before the show at nearby Flying Fig, where $78 snags you a dinner-and-show package, with all proceeds benefiting the dance company.