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DES MOINES, IA ― Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to announce that single tickets to each performance in the Dance Series: DORRANCE DANCE, BALLET BIARRITZ and RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company will go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300. For details regarding each performance, please see below.


Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Des Moines Civic Center 

DORRANCE DANCE is an award-winning tap dance company based out of New York City. The company’s work aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context; not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it – rhythmically, technically, and conceptually. The company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap” and the company continues its passionate commitment to expanding the audience of tap dance, America’s original art form. 

Founded in 2011 by artistic director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Michelle Dorrance, the company has received countless accolades, rave reviews and performed for packed houses at venues including The Joyce Theater (New York, NY), Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA), New York City Center (New York, NY), Carolina Performing Arts (Chapel Hill, NC), Vail International Dance Festival (Vail, CO), The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Lincoln Center Out of Doors (New York, NY), among many others.

“With each performance of Dorrance Dance, tap expands.” – The New York Times

“Michelle Dorrance’s 10-dancer company reflected plenty of racial, physical and stylistic diversity yet could deliver complex unison footwork with a precision matching any cookie-cutter tap corps of the past.”

– Los Angeles Times

“One of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today.” – The New Yorker


Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Des Moines Civic Center

Based in the coastal resort town of Biarritz in Southern France, Artistic Director Thierry Malandain has developed a very personal approach to dance that is rooted in classical ballet with a contemporary, full-bodied style. His company of 22 gorgeous dancers makes their Des Moines return with CINDERELLA —unlike any other you have seen before.

With more than eighty works to his credit, Malandain is deeply linked to the concept of "Ballet" as an aesthetic movement and gives priority to the dancing body and the celebration of its sensuality and humanity.

Deep human values underpin Malandain’s approach, as he leads a troupe of performers who master the grammar of classical dance with a contemporary expression. His search for meaning and aesthetics led to a timeless, tough, energetic, and sober style, which draws its wealth from the roots of dance as well as a dynamic vision of this art. 

Repertoire: While remaining faithful to the dramaturgy of “Cinderella” and to the score by Prokofiev, Thierry Malandain developed a very personal approach, exploring some themes that he holds dear. “Cendrillon” is the path of a star, a dancing star. Malandain took us on the road to “accomplishment.” A road passing through doubt, denial, pain and hope to finally reach light. Through this vision, made of ashes and magic, sometimes tragic, sometimes comical, something quite universal was written. 

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Des Moines Civic Center

Praised by The New York Times as “one of the most profound choreographers of his modern dance generation,” Ronald K. Brown blends African, modern, ballet and social dance styles to tell stories that illuminate fundamental aspects of the human experience. Founded and based in Brooklyn, New York, in 1985, EVIDENCE focuses on the seamless fusion of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. This work provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. He is an advocate for the growth of dance and is instrumental in encouraging young dancers to choreograph and to develop careers in dance.

“…what a sophisticated artist [Brown] has become…just as his dances are anchored by traces, or evidence of African lineage, they also evoke a feeling of passage [that] conjure a poetic sense of transformation.” – The New York Times

“Ronald K. Brown's dances feel luxuriously familiar, like some ritual we remember from our earliest days…With such ties to ancient ways of moving, they speak a direct and powerful language, one that we're hard-wired to understand.” – The Washington Post

Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 40 seasons of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on four stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater, the Temple Theater and the newly renovated outdoor space, Cowles Commons. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit