Free performance on June 8th at 8pm


Youth and families are invited to attend this FREE preview showing!

Staff accompanying youth are welcome.  Call YES at 462-2144 if you are interested in attending.  Free tickets are available to non-profit organizations.  We can add you to the list as long as there are seats still available.

IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre delves into the creative action of dance and painting, set to live music by the Quadraphonix in ‘Paint By Number,’ scheduled for a preview on June 8, 8:00PM (doors open at 7:30) at Ward Gateway Center, 333 Ward Avenue in the former Sports Authority building. Inventively, ‘Paint By Number’ transforms the former Sports Authority space with a fantasy of color. IONA dancers are human paintbrushes and pallets, beginning the evening in the fertile white void of a blank masterpiece-to-be. As the dynamics pick up, the white floor canvas is no longer pristine; the stage comes alive with a new dimension of movement and color complimented and commanded by the Quadraphonix’s music. It is in the creative process itself that ‘Paint By Number’ tells a story of humanity, humor, peace, passion, and life. This process is a doorway into a unique experience that will leave each audience member with an urge take a dip in the powerful paint elixir.

IONA provides the entire front row of the audience with plastic sheeting reminiscent of a Gallagher performance- not to worry though, the paint is washable! Select audience members are also given painting paraphernalia in order to participate in the magnum opus. The intimate audience-dancer interaction combined with the colorful bodies and free-form music of the Quadraphonix, presents a different experience at each performance, magically tying together the process of dance, music, and painting. This is a family-friendly show that everyone will enjoy.