Thu, Apr 12, 2012 3:53 PM by Hannah Arkelin
Ballet of the Dolls was founded in 1986 by Artistic Director, Dancer, and Choreographer, Myron Johnson. After 26 years of works that include 150 original ballets, this group of artists continue to push boundaries while also appealing to both theater and dance audiences of the Twin Cities.
For a company that started in Myron Johnson’s loft in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis, Ballet of the dolls has accomplished great things in the art community. The original company consisted of eight dancers, a costumer, a lighting designer, a sound designer and a marketing director who came together to explore a new way to tell amazing stories. This objective is also where the company’s name originated- dolls coming to life just like their stories.
After two seasons in the loft of their Artistic Director, Ballet of the Dolls gained a partnership with Ruby’s Cabaret which resulted in 250 nights of performances. In 2000 Ballet of the Dolls decided to make The Ritz Theater on 13th Ave in NE Minneapolis their permanent home. The Ritz Theater opened its doors in 2006 after renovations, and has since become an established venue in the Twin Cities arts community.
This innovative dance company has a mission “to fearlessly create challenging and surprising dance work that brings a sense of discovery to audiences and artists alike.” Ballet of the Dolls understands what it takes to manifest original dance performances that do more than simply entertain their audiences- they inspire them.
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