The Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch will come alive with
ballet grace and passionate rock, dance, Broadway and alternative music as A.V.A. Ballet
Theatre presents the rock ballet Vortex July 20th and 21st as part of the Artown celebration.
Artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting contemporary ballet
that will be like no other you have ever seen. Imagine ballerinas performing grande jetés to
music by popular rock artists. The stage will feature scaffolding and exciting props and sets
that will create a visual spectacle that can not be missed.
Featuring a cast of extremely talented performers from Reno and starring guest artists from
Ballet West, the rock ballet Vortex will feature demanding and passionate movement inspired
by the dynamic of the music.
The performances of Vortex are at 8:30pm July 20th and 21st at the beautiful Bartley Ranch
Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater. Ticket prices are $15 and $20 for adults. Students with
I.D. only $10. This is a PG 13 show. Special VIP tickets that include wine/beer and hors
d’oevres are available for $40. The gates open at 7:30pm for picnicking and the VIP party.
Tickets can be purchased online at avaballet.com, by calling 775-762-5165 or at the Bartley
Ranch box office the nights of the shows.
A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company for the Pioneer Center for the
Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada’s largest company under the instruction of a
professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and
production companies across the United States and Europe.
Vortex during the month of July is part of the 17th annual Artown festival, July 2012. The
month-long summer arts festival features more than 400 events produced by more than 100
cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide. Artown receives major funding
from the City of Reno, and is sponsored by Grand Sierra Resort, U.S. Bank, NV Energy,
JLH Inc., Waste Management, Basin Street Properties, Reno Gazette-Journal, KOLO 8 News
Now, KTHX-FM and KNPB with additional support from the Nevada Arts Council and the
National Endowment for the Arts.