MOMENTUM: See how Erika found ‘more fun’ in THIS…

Choreographer Erika Overturff and dancer Katerina Schweitzer practice working with parasols in a rehearsal for The Bee’s Knees.


When Erika Overturff completed her Going Solo series film The Bee’s Knees – a tribute to the Roaring ’20s in collaboration with Joslyn Art Museum’s 90th anniversary – she knew there was more fun to be had exploring this iconic era.

“I thought Momentum would be the perfect opportunity to expand The Bee’s Knees into a full ballet that combines the carefree spirit of the ’20s with the energy of a live theater performance,” she said.

The resulting work includes every dancer in the AMB company, in twelve sections set to music that either was popular in the 1920s or reflects ’20s inspirations. Says Erika:

It’s not just one bee anymore – now it’s a whole hive!

Erika Overturff (lower left) sets the finishing pose of ‘Tiger Rag’ from The Bee’s Knees. Dancers, from top left: Katerina Schweitzer, Ryan Christopher, Nora Carr, and Leah Kressin.

Momentum, AMB’s award-winning mixed repertory program, is designed to showcase the exciting range of dance as an expressive art form, says Erika.

“Instead of a single full-length work – like The Nutcracker or The Wizard of Oz – it’s a collection of several shorter, individual ballets in a variety of distinctive styles.”

The Bee’s Knees draws on popular dance and music for inspiration, she said, while another work making its premiere on the program – created by AMB’s newest company member, Fredrick Davis – is a pure classical ballet set to music by Tchaikovsky. Live performances of some of the most innovative works created for the Going Solo film series round out the Momentum program, she said: “There’s something in this performance to intrigue everyone.

Newly arrived AMB dancer and choreographer Fredrick Davis works with Alexandra Hoffman on his new classical ballet to Tchaikovsky music.


Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, Council Bluffs

February 26 – 7:30 pm
February 27 – 2:00 pm

Our award-winning mixed repertory program features an eclectic mix of ballets that showcase the exciting range of dance as an expressive art form. This season, we’ll highlight some of the most memorable works created for the Going Solo film series. See live performances of Erika Overturff’s Art Deco delight The Bee‘s Knees… Ray Mercer’s eerie and evocative Ghost Light… Ann Reinking and Dylis Croman’s staging of Bob Fosse’s electrifying Trumpet Solo from ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ … and more! Also featured: rousing large-group dances, including an impressive new classical ballet created by incoming company member Fredrick Davis to the music of Tchaikovsky!

AMB follows CDC guidance re COVID-19. For the safety of our guests, masks are required at AMB events.

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