Indiana Ballet Conservatory’s ‘Pulse’ set for Basile Theatre performance


Alyona Yakovleva-Randall would listen to her husband, Daryl Randall, drum for fun around the house.

After a couple years of thinking about it, the Indiana Ballet Conservatory founding artistic director created “Pulse: Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drummer,” which debuted in 2012.

“Pulse” will be performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Basile Theatre at the Historic Atheneum, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis. It hasn’t been performed in full in a few years.

The Carmel-based IBC ballet follows the evolutionary progression of a young boy, a percussionist, and a girl, a ballerina, who dream of becoming famous artists.

Yakovleva-Randall’s husband, who was a participant in the acclaimed National Association of Music Merchants percussion music show in Chicago, provides the percussion music.

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Jackson Schene & Olivia Behrmann dance in “Pulse” in past performance. (Photo by Renzulli Photography)

“It’s a collaboration of contemporary ballet and percussion, and it’s just that journey on the way to the dream,” Yakovleva-Randall said. “My message to the students is to never give up.”

The ballet emphasizes ways in which dance and music are intricately intertwined and the ways art inspires life.

Yakovleva-Randall said the decision was made to bring back “Pulse” with the board in the beginning of the summer.

“We usually have a show this time of year, but we didn’t have full production for two years,” said Yakovleva-Randall, who recently moved from Geist to Carmel.

IBC Executive Director Jenny Okamoto said by the time of the performance, IBC will have had 6 ½ weeks to prepare for the show.

“The kids have been very busy,” Okamoto said.

The message is conveyed through music, dance, voiceovers and slide show.

There are four different performers for the leads at different ages. There are 35 dancers in the performance.

“It’s nice to support the Atheneum because they’re going through a renovation, too, so it’s nice to have a production money go toward that, too,” Okamoto said. “It’s open cabaret seating, so it’s a different setup.”

Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets are available at

Performance supports Indy Humane

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and beverages will support Indy Humane. IBC board member Sue Ames is a volunteer with Indy Humane.

“The goal is to have an important project to each board member and to base our fundraising and outreach around that,” Okamoto said.

There will be an Indy Humane mobile adoption unit on-site.

Yakovleva-Randall has two dogs that join her at IBC.

“I have three rescue dogs, so we appreciate what rescue organizations are trying to do,” Okamoto said. “It’s really nice with this fall production that we can offer it more as a giveback like we did when it was cancer research.”

Okamoto said Tito’s Vodka and Sun King are donating beverages.

“The Atheneum is pretty dog-friendly. They actually allow dogs into their coffee shop in the lobby,” Okamoto said.

IBC holds a Halloween contest for dogs, and one is selected to appear in IBC’s “The Nutcracker” in December.

“Last year, we lucked out because we had two French bulldogs, so we got to split-cast our dogs,” Okamoto said. “I always feel like dancers and dogs go together.”