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Central West dancing on the edge with 'New Creations'

Central West Ballet rehearsal at Johansen High for the performance of Central West Ballet "A Dance Evening of New Creations".  Adelina Milano, 15, rehearses. (Marty Bicek / The Modesto Bee)
Central West Ballet rehearsal at Johansen High for the performance of Central West Ballet "A Dance Evening of New Creations". Adelina Milano, 15, rehearses. (Marty Bicek / The Modesto Bee)

Just once a season, Central West Ballet takes a break from classic works and experiments with more modern, edgy fare.

"A Dance Evening of New Creations," which will be presented Oct. 17, is targeted to adults and older children who want to be challenged. It's staged in only one performance because the company knows the appeal for the show is limited.

"It's geared to people who are really geared to dance," Artistic Director René Daveluy said.

The 38-member Modesto company is presenting three works, all choreographed by Daveluy: "Existence," "House of Folk" and "1,001 Nights."

First performed at last season's modern repertory program, "Existence" is about the process of life, starting with roots, moving on to victory, growth and strength.

"It can be interpreted as going from youth to maturity or going from one stage to another, not necessarily in age," Daveluy said.

The company debuted the high-energy piece "House of Folk" during its visit to Laval, France, in March. The piece celebrates traditional American music and its base in Irish and Scottish rhythms.

"1,001 Nights," based on the tale of adventure in the Middle East, features the dancers in genie pants. The piece was a big hit with those who attended the company's fund-raising dinner last month, Daveluy said.

"It's rich in color," he said. "They're in a treasure cave. It's what you would see in a storybook and read to your children."

The event kicks off with a free pre-show cocktail party to celebrate the new season. Daveluy said he is excited to give the dancers a chance to stretch themselves and push the envelope artistically — and give the audience something different.

"It's the only time of the year where you get to go see new stuff and a variety that is not familiar," he said.

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