Pointe Magazine: What's Cooking at Cleveland Ballet? A Margo Sappington World Premiere—With a Circus Twist

Margo Sappington working with dancers courtesy of Cleveland Ballet. Photo by Peter Sampson.

Margo Sappington working with dancers courtesy of Cleveland Ballet. Photo by Peter Sampson.

By Steve Sucato

10 May 2018

Nearly four decades ago, choreographer Margo Sappington made a long-lasting impression on Gladisa Guadalupe. Back then, Guadalupe was just a 17-year-old member of Venezuela's Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas, and Sappington was choreographing on the company. Guadalupe told a fellow dancer that, someday, when she had her own company, she'd have Sappington create a ballet on it.

Guadalupe has kept that promise. Now the artistic director of Cleveland Ballet, a 14-member company launched in 2015, Guadalupe has commissioned the 70-year-old Sappington to create a ballet based on Lewis Carroll's books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland andThrough the Looking-Glass.

An original Sappington creation bodes well for the young company. A former Joffrey Ballet dancer, Sappington is also a Tony nominee who's choreographed six Broadway shows and numerous works for ballet companies worldwide. Pointe spoke with Sappington about Alice ahead of its May 11–12 premiere at Cleveland's Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square.

Read the interview with Sappington in Pointe Magazine.