Rita Kohn

Three world premieres of three ballets set to Mozart and three works on the theme of games, put Butler Ballet's Midwinter Festival into dual celebratory camps: honoring the 250th birthday of Mozart and the 150th year of Butler University.

Feb. 26 "The Mozart Project" begins at 3:00 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall. Following Butler Ballet's program, Butler Theatre will perform the North American premiere of Requiem, a combination of Pushkin's play Mozart and Salieri, with Mozart's Requiem.

This interdisciplinary performance features two actors interspersing dialogue with the complete Requiem in re-ordered sequence presented by the Butler Symphony Orchestra, student soloists, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir under the direction of Dr. Eric Stark.

Conceived by Russian director Tamara Annisimov, the work was first performed in Vienna in 2000.

March 2 at 7:30 p.m. and March 4 at 8:00 p.m. Butler Ballet will again perform "The Mozart Project." Stephan Laurent's choreography is set to Mozart's Paris Symphony; Cynthia Pratt's work is set to the first movement from Piano Concerto #17; Mark Cholewa's piece is set to the adagio from Piano Concerto #23.

"Games" will be performed March 1 at 7:30 p.m, March 3 at 8:00 p.m, March 5 at 1:00 p.m and 4:00 p.m.

Susan McGuire's "Hitting on the Rise" is "vaguely based on tennis moves," she says.

Derek Reid choreographed "Fischer's Dream" based on chess.

Cynthia Pratt's "Any Given Evening" showcases ten children with ten Butler dancers for a piece based on the dance games Pratt and her daughter play while at home.

Tickets: $5-$10. Call 940-6465.