Straight Up With a Twist

Mary Barton, a former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Washington Ballet, and ARB Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer created a world premiere to music by violinist, composer, and music educator Kaila Flexer from her album “Listen.” The work blends Barton’s rich senses of narrative and neo-classicism.  “I am trying to create a fresh, enthusiastic, playful mood, with a little sensuality thrown in,” Barton explains.  “There isn’t a specific storyline, but I am hoping each section [of the work] creates a particular mood.”