Tommy The Ballet
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Closing our 2014/15 season of transformation is our most ambitious tribute to change. TOMMY The Ballet, the legendary story of the "Pinball Wizard" known to many from The Who's iconic rock opera album released in 1969, will be performed on the Silva Concert Hall stage.
Growing up in England, Artistic Director Toni Pimble brings a personal empathy to her original choreography of this post WWII era of mods and rockers. Young Tommy witnesses a tragedy that leaves him in a state of sensory deprivation, silent and intensely focused. A junkyard pinball machine becomes his passion, his connection to the world. His championship prowess propels him to cult hero, adored by legions of fans, and sure to include everyone in the audience.
Also joining the dancers live on stage are several Eugene musicians assembled by Eleven Eyes bandleader, guitarist and music educator Tim McLaughlin. This group brings an enormous range of talent and energy to The Who’s music, working together for the first time for Tommy The Ballet. Joining McLaughlin on stage are guitarist and lead vocalist Zak Johnson, vocalist Siri Vik, bassist Lance Seiders, keyboardist Ben Scharf, and drummer Merlin Showalter.
Our spring performances open with Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre's rock influenced ballet Fluctuating Hemlines. Learn more about this performance at Ballet Insider with EBC Artistic Director Toni Pimble, 45 minutes before curtain in The Studio, lower level at the Hult Center.