Most ballet companies take summers off, but the summer season is when Convergence Ballet Company shines. Created by Jennifer Cafarella, director of Ballet Theatre of Phoenix, Convergence Ballet is a local nonprofit organization comprised of dancers from across the country. Each summer, they put on a one-of-a-kind performance that gives back to the community. This year, Convergence Ballet is showcasing Iluminar! on August 11 and 12 at the new Madison Center for the Arts in central Phoenix.
“This season is especially intriguing because we have four new dancers and three new choreographers joining the Convergence Ballet family,” Cafarella said. “In Iluminar! we have four pieces, running through the entire spectrum of talents from the dancers. These include classical ballet, swing and contemporary pieces and showcase three new world-premiere works. This show will include a diverse array of classical and contemporary productions showcasing incredible artists. We will illuminate the stage.”
Madison Schools recently celebrated the opening of its 24,547-square-foot Madison Center for the Arts, which includes a 900-seat auditorium as well as a spacious lobby that can seat 200 for pre-function events. Iluminar! will be one of the first performances in the center.
Cafarella added that, by supporting Convergence Ballet at their upcoming show, patrons are also supporting the PLIÉS (Providing Leaps In Elementary School) program. Spearheaded through Ballet Theatre of Phoenix, this program, in partnership with Loma Linda Elementary School, provides underserved students with full immersion in a world-class arts education in classical ballet.
Tickets for Iluminar! are $30 and available online at www.convergenceballet.org/iluminar. Show times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 11 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 12. Shows take place at Madison Center for the Arts, located at 5601 N. 16th Street in Phoenix.