Local Guitarist Neil Zaza Teams Up With Verb Ballets for Special Halloween Program


  • Courtesy of Verb Ballets
Not one to let a pandemic ruin his Halloween, local guitar wiz Neil Zaza has teamed up with Verb Ballets to present Carnival Macabre, an event billed as a “a cinematic dance-rock experience.

The virtual event will premiere at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.

“A dance of darkness through classical masterpieces is reimagined through the mind of rock maestro [Neil] Zaza,” reads a press release about the event. “This symphonic rock ballet mixes dark, powerful arrangements of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, Jenkins and Albinoni with the fury of a rock concert.”

Choreographer Antonio Morillo will bring visualization and “passionate choreography” to showcase Verb Ballets and “conjure up the supernatural,” beginning with "a carnival of souls to take you on a journey."

The program includes Prokofiev’s "Dance of the Knights," and Verb Ballets and Zaza will stage a rendition of the iconic solo, "Dying Swan."

The night will also offer "more haunting reinterpretations in this visually impressive and fiercely musical collaboration to experience dance in a whole new way."

Tickets cost $25 and include an encore viewing for 48 hours following the premiere.

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