BTI presents Beer & Ballet IV


Dancers Christina Voreis, left, and Simon Pawlak prepare for Beer & Ballet IV at Sun King Brewery. (Photo courtesy of Mark Abarca)

Cupids will take flight as part of Beer & Ballet IV on a Valentine’s Day weekend.

Aerial artist Kristen Noonan worked with Carmel-based Ballet Theatre of Indiana choreographer Cole Companion with dancers as flying cupids, which is set to the music of Queen.

“The idea is everyone is assigned a cupid to help them find true love,” BTI artistic director Stirling Matheson said. “But the idea is our main character is such a loser, he’s been assigned four. They’re still all very frustrated. It’s kind of like a romantic comedy. It’s funny and there are ballerinas flying around.”

BTI and Sun King Brewery will team up for the fourth time for Beer & Ballet IV at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum, 407 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis.

Will Noonan, a Carmel High graduate whose sister Megan is BTI dancer, also will perform her singing lyra act, which blends musical theater and aerial work. Other pieces by dancers include Emma Beigel, Elvis Presley, Audrey Robson, Billy Joel, Stuart Coleman and The Chainsmokers.

Matheson’s piece includes music from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“We take a few different breaks during movement,” Matheson said. “We change our format to let them go buy another pint and to allow them to talk about each individual piece right as they’ve seen it. Part of our goal is to make more of a newbie-friendly show. You see it, you get to talk about it. You can chat with your friends, get a drink, and see the next piece. The audience has really appreciated this format, and it helps us grow our audience as well.”

So instead of intermission, Matheson said their is a five-minute break between each piece.

“It’s fun and accessible, works for Beer and Ballet, generally brings in a new audience, and, hopefully, gets them hooked to let them love all of ballet,” Matheson said.

Tickets are $25 and Sun King beer will be available for purchase. For more, visit

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