Labyrinth: A Tribute

Go into the LABYRINTH with Dancing Wheels on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00pm. The company will present this World Premier at Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater, bringing to life Jim Henson’s magical and mysterious world of “The Labyrinth.”

With music by David Bowie, “Labyrinth: A Tribute” will pay homage to the genius and artistry of this iconic masterpiece.

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“I was inspired to choreograph “Labyrinth: A Tribute” because of the ’86 film and soundtrack. I grew up watching the movie and listening to Bowie music. It was back in about 2010 that I presented Mary [Verdi-Fletcher] with my concept. She liked the idea but it wasn’t the right time,” says choreographer Dezaré Foster.

“At the beginning of 2016 I went to Mary again and she said lets do it! And with the unfortunate passing of Bowie nearly a week later, we thought the timing was apropos.”

Foster also promises that they’ve included many of the well-loved  movie characters.

“The familiar characters will be Sarah, Jareth (The Goblin King) and Toby. Though Toby is adapted to a female character, a sister. Of course the goblins, the fire gang and “Hoggle”. Which is also a gender adaptation for Mary, whose name is Gigi in this tribute.”

Image courtesy of - The Labyrinth movie
Image courtesy of – The Labyrinth movie

Dancing Wheels is no newbie to innovation and imagination. Mary Verdi-Fletcher, the first professional wheelchair dancer in the U.S., founded the Dancing Wheels Company in Cleveland in 1980.

“I have always had a great passion for dance and music. My parents were both in the arts, my mother a professional dancer and my father a musician and music teacher. Being disabled from birth, I had to prove to society that dance was possible from a wheelchair and that it indeed could not only be artful, but a life driven vocation that is a calling whether or not you have a disability,” says Verdi-Fletcher.

As a touring company, Dancing Wheels is busy year-round. They run a Dancing Wheels Company and School, have multiple Education programs, and can be found around the area at these upcoming events:

September 9 – Playhouse Square Dance Showcase, Cleveland
September 10 – Senator Brown’s Woman’s Leadership Summit at the Convention Center, Cleveland
October 7 – Labyrinth at Mercyhurst, Erie
October 12 – Trinity Cathedral Brown Bag Lunch, Cleveland
November 2 – The Snowman (a DW story ballet), Toledo
December 1-3 – at St. Ignatius Breen Center, Cleveland

Dancing Wheels


“Follow your dream, but know it is not an easy path, but the rewards are great!” – Mary Verdi-Fletcher

Verdi-Fletcher has inspired many to see the art in themselves and in others.

“I believe that no matter what you do in life, whether it is becoming a dancer or a doctor, it takes dogged determination, fortitude and respect for those who have spent years and years developing their skills. Follow your dream, but know it is not an easy path, but the rewards are great! For me, it is seeing that my art is changing lives and inspiring others to follow their own dreams.”

“Labyrinth: A Tribute” takes place at Cain Park on Friday, August 12, 2016 – 8:00pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of show. Children 2 & under sitting on lap free. CLICK HERE for tickets.

For information “Labyrinth: A Tribute” – click HERE.
To see more about DANCING WHEELS – click HERE.
To watch CNN’s story on the company – click HERE.

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Kate Klotzbach

Published by Kate Klotzbach

After writing for Examiner for 7 years, I brought my content to a new venue! Founded in June of 2016. I'm a Musical Theater graduate of Ohio Northern University and a long-time performer, arts lover and former stage manager. I spent 3 years touring the U.S. with VEE Corporation, and am a proud Cleveland Singing Angels alum. Lover of Cleveland, chocolate, coffee, dogs, scary movies, Cards Against Humanity and (of course) my awesome family. PLEASE BE SURE TO "FOLLOW" MY BLOG FOR ALL OF THE LATEST UPDATES AND POSTS!

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