Dornink joined the team of Ballet Des Moines in the fall of 2021 and worked as Wardrobe Director for the company. We have created costumes for Don Quixote, She (including Crystalline and Duty), Balachine+ (including Rhapsody), Nutcracker, Salem, of Gravity and Light, Swan Lake and Kiss.
Blending influences of classical ballet, contemporary movement, and street dance, this work sets into motion movement that is athletic, dynamic, and full of emotion. With voice overs from Angela Davis, the performance’s intention highlights that women’s liberation can only exist when we are liberating all women and femmes across the racial, gender, and socioeconomic spectrum.
Evoking fleeting memories of comfort and fragility, Crystalline takes inspiration from the many forms of water and memory. Whether flowing freely or evaporating before our eyes, these two subjects are ever changing.
Tom Mattingly’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is an original classical ballet work set on a red backdrop with beautifuly contrasting costumes.
a contemporary piece by Tom Mattingly inpsired by the Salem Witch trials depicting how fear can control history.
This was the world premiere of composer Beau Kenyon’s Of Gravity and Light – a contemporary ballet exploring the beauty and wonder of space through ethereal imagery, abstract sound, and remarkable movement. Set in eight movements, Of Gravity and Light features choreography by Ballet Des Moines Artistic Director, Tom Mattingly, video installation by artist Yu-Wen Wu, and live musicians under the direction of conductor Tim McMillin. Photos by Ryan Morrison.
the classic love story told by Ballet Des Moines
a new twist on the classic story of Clara and her dreams