February 19, 2010: Lecture Demonstration at Fairfax Elementary
February 26-27, 2010: Performance at Hathaway Brown School Dance Concert
erlezza Dance presents Dead Can Dance with Hathaway Brown dance students and Lasting Songs featuring Tracy Pattison, Sabatino Verlezza and, Soprano, Julianna Tauschinger-Dempsey.
March 22, 2010: Lecture Demonstration at East Clevelad Adult Activities Center Inservice
April 13, 2010: Lecture Demonstration at The Ratner School
pril 23-25, 2010: Verlezza Dance Presents Claire Porter
April 23-25, 2010: Verlezza Dance Presents Claire Porter
August 19, 2010: Performance at Cleveland Heights Library
Verlezza Dance presents a site specific work at the Cleveland Heights Main Library at 6:30pm as a part of
the event, Rock the Block, a celebration of community, the end of summer, and the end of summer reading
though an evening of music fun and entertainment.
September 11, 2010: Performance in New York
Susan Thomasson, Sabatino Verlezza and Claire Porter are performing ON THE MAP
September 29, 2010: Performance at Kent State University disAbility Awareness Month
October 20, 2010: Performance at The Ratner School
Verlezza Dance Presents Homage to Shiva as a part of a celebration of Indian culture.
October 26, 2010: Workshop with Anita Hollander at Kent State University
Octobe 29, 2010: Performance at Plymouth Church's PipeScreams VIII
November 21, 2010: Performance at E.J. Thomas Hall
December 3. 2010: Barbara and Sabatino's Final Tobi Roppo Duet
University School of Theatre and Dance presents Dance '10:TranscenDANCE.
The concert includes the 25th anniversary performance of Tobi Roppo. Sabatino Verlezza and Barbara
Allegra Verlezza will perform the opening duet for the last time, one performance
only, on Friday, December 3 at 8:00pm.
A short history of this signature work.
Roppo] …has a
seriousness, a craftsmanship, and a straightforward heat…” The Village Voice.
delivers some utterly fantastic formations…a wonderfully inventive creation –
one that is truly awe-inspiring.” Backstage, NY.
detailed and beautifully crafted choreography…” The New York Times
25 years ago, the genesis of this work, Tobi Roppo, was spawned by the 40th Commemoration
of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. During that period, there were
various documentaries capturing those events, many which were devoid of
political or social commentary. Rather they were presented from a very human
and painful perspective highlighting the devastation of the civilians:
the mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons. Sabatino Verlezza, the
choreographer, was particularly moved by the words of an elderly female
survivor, who when asked “What was it like?” answered, “First you see the
flash . . . then you feel the heat . . . and then there is nothing.”
Sabatino took the three parts of that statement and along with composer, Elliot
Sokolov, created three corresponding sections. He then choreographed a finale
entitled, ‘Rebirth,’ inspired by the fortitude of the survivors as well as the
miraculous return of vegetation to those two cities following decades of no
growth. The ‘Rebirth’ exemplifies the indomitable spirit of human beings and
nature itself. The work premiered in New York City in 1986. In 1987, it was
presented at the Joyce Theater and subsequently went on tour throughout the
U.S. and internationally to Brazil and Austria.