The Eugene Ballet Company will perform Toni Pimble’s Dark Side of the Moon as the opening show for the 2012-2013 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

The ballet, which premiered in 2010, features choreography to the album of “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd — in its entirety — and its themes of overcoming challenges and coming of age.

“The ‘Dark Side’ captures the feeling of the era,” said Riley Grannan, managing director of the Eugene Ballet Company. “There is a whole section of coming close to insanity and how culture deals with someone who is on the edge.”

A number of other ballets will be performed, including “Channel Surfing,” which features an all-male cast choreographed by Pimble, that will open the show.

“It’s 42 sports in 11 minutes,” Grannan said. “There is a lot going on.”

“Light Rain,” choreographed by Gerald Arpino of the Joffrey Ballet Company and funded in part by the Hult Endowment Fund, will be performed before intermission, and “Don Quixote Pas de deux” will be the final dance of the evening by lead dancers Juan Carlos Amy-Cordero and Yoshie Oshima.

Grannan said that only three dance companies in the country have received permission to perform “Light Rain.” It will be set during the ’70s and early ’80s.

“They’re performing to this wonderful East-West fusion music that takes you back to the era,” Grannan said.

The dancers, he noted, will be exhibiting movements requiring great strength and flexibility.

“It’s an opportunity for trained dancers to show what they’re made of,” he said.

But Grannan expects the stage effects to be just as breathtaking.

“The whole evening has different areas that will catch people’s eye.”

The cost of tickets for Dark Side of the Moon range between $20 and $30, with discounts for children, and are for sale at Gracewinds Music in Corvallis, online at, in Albany at Sid Stevens Jewelers or the Hult Center box office in Eugene by calling 541-682-5000.

Tickets can be bought at a discount price if purchased as part of a season package that includes “The Nutcracker” on Nov. 15 and “Swan Lake” on Feb. 1 at LaSells Stewart Center.

Joce DeWitt is the Higher Education reporter for the Gazette-Times. She can be reached at 541-758-9510 of

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