Clean angles and an uncluttered aesthetic make the auditorium at Comerica Theatre an expression of modern minimalism. No columns, chandeliers, or giant neon-light cowboys distract from the stage, which has hosted such celebrities as Harry Connick Jr., Jerry Seinfeld, George Lopez, and the Blue Collar comedians. Thanks to the facility’s state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities, the stage can be made to suit arena concerts, standup comedy, ballet performances, or small-scale Civil War reenactments.
As toes twinkle onstage, visitors can bask in the renovated scenery of Symphony Hall, which couples hand-blown glass chandeliers with a quartet of designer tapestries. One of the largest machine-made draperies known to man, the theater’s colorful Grand Drape symbolizes the renewal of generations, creativity, and library books discovered during fossil digs.
In 1982, international ballet star Slawomir Woźniak set out to change the cultural landscape of Phoenix. The former principal at Warsaw's Teatr Wielki and National Opera, Woźniak founded Ballet and Friends to introduce the art to aspiring dancers and casual ballet fans alike. Along with his wife Irena, Woźniak operates Master Ballet Academy, a school for dancers young and old, which features world-renowned performers in their annual performance of The Nutcracker. From shows such as this, the non-profit program also raises money to support Toys for Tots, Phoenix Children's Hospital, and AZ Dance, a program for young adults with Down syndrome, autism, and other physical challenges.
Terpiscore Dance Company draws its name from Terpsichore, the Greek goddess of dance. And that minor spelling adjustment speaks volumes about the company's philosophy. In one sense, it represents how the Terpsicore dancers perform from the core of their physical and emotional being. In another sense, it represents how they take free license to mix the old with the new, pulling from classical traditions and techniques while inlaying their own expressive touches. The result: works that stir and inspire with of artistry and skill.