Seasonal Special Happenings

Woodstock at Cain Park

When: Fri., July 22 2011

Verb Ballets returns to Cain Park tonight with a rocking bill that features two company premieres and a world debut. First up: Janis & Joe, a contemporary piece by Christopher Fleming set to the music of Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker. The company also unveils Continuum by Antonio Brown of the Bill T. Jones Dance Company. It's a world premiere and a homecoming of sorts for Brown, a Northeast Ohio native who took dance lessons at the Cleveland School of the Arts before pursuing dance at Juilliard. Wrapping up the night's bill: the company premiere of Heinz Poll's poignant Songs Without Words, set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn. First unveiled in 1982, Songs Without Words will be seen for the first time since the 1990s. "We're the first company to be granted the rights since the Ohio Ballet, so it's very special to us," says spokesman Dan Kilbane. Reserved seats are $20 in advance or $23 at the door; lawn tix are $18 in advance or $21 at the door. Snag them by calling 216-371-3000 or visit cainpark.com. The performances take place in the Evans Amphitheater, 14591 Superior Rd. in Cleveland Heights. — Cicora

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