Ballet Des Moines launches LOVE FLIGHT next week

Three ballets over three nights including a world premiere from Artistic Director Tom Mattingly

Des Moines, Iowa (January 27, 2022) - Ballet Des Moines has announced a trio of ballets to be performed over three evenings, February 2-4, including a world premiere by Artistic Director, Tom Mattingly at the Stoner Theater. Although dance isn’t new to Des Moines Performing Arts, this will be the first time ballet has been performed in the black box theater.

LOVE FLIGHT: an intimate pairing of ballet and conversation will include a contemporary excerpt from kiss: Together, With, and For Des Moines – Ballet Des Moines’ fall collaboration with Stephanie Martinez, a pas de deux from the classical ballet Swan Lake, and Flight from Tom Mattingly, the newly appointed Artistic Director at Ballet Des Moines.

“Love comes in many forms, and we are excited to showcase three distinct variations with these works in the intimate Stoner Theater,” said Mattingly, the newly appointed Artistic Director of Ballet Des Moines.

“Audiences will experience a moving display of sensitivity and longing in kiss, followed by the dramatic Black Swan pas de deux which explores how love can be used as a weapon of power and manipulation. The evening will conclude with the world premiere of Flight, choreographed by myself, which celebrates the love shared by an inclusive and connected community.”

Set to Oliver Davis’ sweeping concerto for violin and strings, Flight explores these concepts in a refreshing modern take on classical ballet.

“Whether it’s the gentle embrace of a lover, sharing an inside joke with a close friend, or the calming words of a wise family member, the love and support from our community constantly influences our interactions with others,” said Mattingly. “ These interactions help to shape the way each of us expresses and receives love. Although influences are numerous, they create wonderful moments of divine intimacy. Perhaps greatest of all, the love we receive enables us to love and trust ourselves. In turn, we are able to share that love more freely which creates a greater community as a whole.”

The 60-minute production will include one 15-minute intermission. Guests are encouraged to stay for a Q&A following the production. For LOVE FLIGHT studio rehearsal images, including behind the scenes costume creation by Ballet Des Moines Wardrobe Director Sarah Dornink, click here.

● When: Friday, February 2-4, 2022
● Where: Des Moines Civic Center/Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Ballet Des Moines was launched as a professional ballet company in 2012, bringing world-class performing artists to the Des Moines community for classical and contemporary main stage productions. Ballet Des Moines offers training opportunities for pre-professional dancers and engages thousands of local youth each year through rich educational and outreach programs. The mission of Ballet Des Moines is to enrich lives through inspiring dance performances, inclusive education and outreach programs, and innovative community partnerships.

Born in Sidney, MT, Tom Mattingly began his dance training in California's Mojave Desert. Following full scholarships to the summer intensives of San Francisco Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, and the Rock School for Dance Education, Mattingly completed his studies at Virginia School of the Arts and is the 2005 recipient of the Dame Margot Fonteyn Award for Artistic Excellence. Mattingly’s professional career has included Richmond Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet before joining Ballet West in 2008.

In 2014, Mattingly relocated to Chicago to join the newly formed contemporary ensemble Visceral Dance Chicago. After two years, he was hand picked to join the first national tour of An American in Paris, the four time Tony Award winning musical directed & choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. In 2019, Mattingly joined Madison Ballet as Ballet Master and stepped into the role of Artistic Director for Ballet Des Moines in November of 2021.