TOMMY Press Release

FROM Adelphi University

Contact: Kali Chan, director of media relations, (516) 877-4040, chan@adelphi.edu

Adelphi’s Dance Department presents the Exclusive New York Premier of
The Who’s Tommy: A Rock Ballet.
Opening April 14, 2011

GARDEN CITY, NY, March 2011—The Adelphi Dance Department is proud to present the New York premier of choreographer Christopher Fleming’s award-winning The Who’s Tommy: A Rock Ballet. This electrifying new work combines Peter Townsend’s iconic1969 concept album Tommy with contemporary ballet in a full production of sets, lights, and costumes. Fleming premiered his ballet with the Dayton Ballet in 2007.The show will have five performances only in Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center (AU PAC) on April 14 through 17, 2011 in the Olmsted Theatre, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY.

In addition to Adelphi dance majors , the cast features Justin Koertgen reprising the title role from the original production. Former Paul Taylor Dance Company dancer and Adelphi visiting professor Orion Duckstein will play the key role of Uncle Ernie. Some members of Fleming’s own dance company, BalletFleming, will round out the cast.

The critically revered album, Tommy, was released in 1969 by the band The Who and later became known as an iconic rock opera—one of the first and of its kind. The album has since been turned into a movie, Broadway musical, opera, soundtrack, and an orchestral soundtrack. The story revolves around Tommy Walker, a handicapped child who is exploited and abused by many people, including family members. Through his mastery of pinball and the persistence of his mother, Tommy is cured, and goes on to become a spiritual leader. Mr. Fleming did not want to create a production that only linearly chronicled the life of Tommy Walker. His version of Tommy! concentrates on the experiences, events, and characters that influence the character Tommy throughout his life spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically.

As a member of the New York City Ballet, Mr. Fleming danced principal and soloist roles in works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Through Mr. Balanchine’s encouragement, Mr. Fleming received a fellowship from the National Choreographic Institute and started his career as a choreographer. He has served as the artistic director of the Compañia Colombiana de Ballet in Bogota, Colombia and Bay Ballet Theatre in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Fleming also served as assistant director and resident choreographer for The Rock School for Dance Education. His variety of works have appeared in the repertoire of companies such as The Atlanta Ballet, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Southern Ballet Theatre, Ballet Concierto, Dayton Ballet, The Ohio Ballet, Long Island Ballet Theatre, The Delaware Opera, The State Ballet of St. Petersburg, and The Czech National Ballet. When Christopher Fleming choreographed for MTV’s hit program “MADE,” his episode received the highest rating in MTV’s history. In 2010, Mr. Fleming founded the Philadelphia based, “Ballet Fleming,” and is currently a faculty member at Goucher College. His choreographic awards include Silver Medals at the Festival Des Arts Des St. Sauveur in Quebec, Canada, and the Special Choreographic Award from the Youth American Grand Prix. For more information about Christopher Fleming please visit http://www.balletfleming.org/.
Individual tickets for this event are on sale now for $20 or $10 depending on seating section. Discounts are available for students and seniors citizens. To learn more about AU PAC’s 2010-2011 season, please visit aupac.adelphi.edu or call the AU PAC Box Office at (516) 877-4000.
About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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