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Choreographer
Teacher ~ Ballet/Contemporary 
Artistic/Executive Director & Co-Founder of Neos Dance Theatre
aka Bobby Wesner

ROBERT WESNER, CHOREOGRAPHER

AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, began his career as a professional dancer with Ballet Arizona, under the direction of Michael Uthoff (now lb Anderson). During his stay in Phoenix, he had the honor of working with American Classics such as Fredrick Franklin, Daniel Ezralow, Moses Pendelton of Momix, the Artistic Directors of Pilobolus, Kevin O'Day, Jowali Willa Jo Zolar of Urban Bush Woman, and also his wife Brooke Wesner. Other great masterpieces that Wesner has performed are the "Profiteer" in The Green Table by Kurt Josse; "Iago" in The Moore's Pavone by Jose Limon; "Tico" in Company B by Paul Taylor, (also in Taylor's Esplanade); three works of Anthony Tudor: Lilac Garden, Leaves are Fading and Continuo; and The Jester in Earnst Uthoff's Carmina Burana. Independently, Wesner has traveled and performed with various companies all over the northeast region of the US and in Italy.

 

As Director and Co-Founder, Bobby has choreographed four evening length ballets for Neos Dance Theatre and produced an additional ballet by

former resident choreographer Mary-Elizabeth Fenn. Neos also performs many of Wesner’s repertory works, including Spinning Plates, Various Principals, Norm and Cleo, and more. Bobby and Brooke live in Ashland, Ohio where they raise their four beautiful daughters, Genevieve, Ella, Mekah, and Arowyn.

Bobby teaches at the University of Akron and Oberlin College.

EXPERIENCE

 

ROBERT F. wesner

FOUNDER
PRODUCER
CHOREOGRAPHER
COLLABORATOR
TEACHER

"Searching for the Find was choreographed by artistic director Bobby Wesner....this first dance on the program displayed a dazzling group of dancers to maximum advantage" Cool Cleveland, Elsa Johnson and Victor Lucas

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PORTFOLIO OF WORK

 
 

CHOREOGRAPHY

REPERTOIRE

2019

  •  M.A.D.E. in Ashland 2019 featuring Jazz artists and musicians from Central to Northern Ohio, choreographer/costume designer

  • Lose Your Marbles, 2019, featuring 4 Northern Ohio dance companies, Artistic/Executive Director

  • dance.r.evolution, A Knight Art Challenge winner, choreographed by Neos dancer Matthew Roberts, producer, Director.

2017

  • Lose Your Marbles, Artistic Director/Producer, featured dance companies, musicians, and individuals spanning across the Midwest & Northeastern US. https://www.loseyourmarbles.org/ funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, GAR Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, PNC Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Musson Foundation, Akron City, County of Summit, Development Finance Authority of Summit County 

  • Neos Center for Dance, Founder, in Oberlin, Ohio at the New Union Center for the Artshttps://www.neosdancetheatre.org/neoscenterfordance

  • Romanian Rhapsody, choreographer, in collaboration with Akron Symphony Orchestra 

  • Karelia Suite, choreographer, in collaboration with Akron Symphony Orchestra

  • Light Fall, choreographer, premiered by Dancing Wheels with the Canton Symphony Orchestra  

  • Boots and Ballet, producer, in collaboration with Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center

  • A 1940’s Nutcracker, choreographer/producer, Neos Dance Theatre, 3 locations throughout Northern Ohio, site specific, featuring historical landmarks, artwork, animation, and graphics created by Andy Gardner and Kathy Hilton, sets by Kirsten Williams, costumes by Janet Bolick, lighting by Dennis Dugan, projection mapping by Jonathon Hunter. Featuring the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra funded in part by the Richland Community Foundation, in partnership with the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, Renaissance Theatre, & Stocker Arts Center

2013-2014

 

Snow White and the Magic Mirror: A Grimm Tale; Choreographer, Producer, presented collaboratively with The University of Akron's dance and music departments and the Dance Institute

Spinning Plates, Choreographer, Costume Designer

slowly moving, almost stopped, Choreographer, Costume Designer

2011-2012

Various Principals, Choreographer 

Co-Founded Neos Dance Theatre along with Brooke Wesner 

2009-2010

Romeo and Juliet, Choreographer, Producer, Costume Designer

Nuevo, Choreographer

Cities of the Future, Choreographer

Tico Tico, Choreographer

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Choreographer 

Gershwin Pas de Deux (Revised from 2001) Choreographer

2018 

  • VanDance, choreographer, a collaboration with the dancers of Neos Dance Theatre 

  • Mourning Time, choreographer/costume design 

  • Smoke on the Water, choreographer/costume design, with singer Kelly Knowlton and her band

  • Ashland Americana, choreographer/costume design with Grammy Award winning singer Sylvia McNair, pianist Kevin Cole, and visual artist Susan Shafer

  • Carmina Burana, choreographer/costume design, in collaboration with the Canton Symphony  

  • Petrushka, choreographer/costume & set design, in collaboration with Akron Symphony Orchestra 

  • Carnival of the Animals (selections), in collaboration with Firelands Symphony 

  • M.A.D.E. in Ashland, producer, featuring Sylvia McNair, Kevin Cole, Betty Perry, Susan Shafer, Marty Bossler Lee, Neos Dance Theatre, Ashland High School A Cappella Choir, premiering 2 new works by Matthew Roberts and Robert Wesner and featuring additional work by Joseph Morrissey, https://www.neosdancetheatre.org/madeinashland funded in part by the Ashland County Community Foundation, Taylor Family Foundation 

  • Ballet @ the Brickyard & Art in the Alley, producer/choreographer, featuring Kelly Knowlton and band, Neos Dance Theatre’s preview of Wesner’s Mourning Time and  Joseph Morrissey’s Near Lighthttps://www.neosdancetheatre.org/art-in-the-alleysponsored by Cleveland Financial, Mechanics Bank 

  • Visiting Instructor of Dance, Oberlin College, Ballet 3, Contemporary 3 in collaboration with Holly Handman-Lopez 

  • Artistic/Executive Director & Co-Founder of Neos Dance Theatre

  • Romanian Rhapsody, restaged for performed by The University of Akron’s dance department, restaged by Neos dancers Katherine Tackett and Carson Sanford

  • Searching for the Find, choreographer, selections restaged for and performed by The University of Akron’s Dance Institute, restaged by Neos dancer Kaleb Reilly

2015-2016

necessary.negatives 
Searching for the Find 
Vinegar Two 
Illustrious Disillusion

"In a holiday landscape littered with cookie-cutter Nutcracker productions, Neos’ 1940’s Nutcracker is a wonderfully refreshing change for those seeking something different without giving up any of the charm and magic the Nutcracker story carries with it." Arts Air, Steve Sucato

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2012-2013

1940's Nutcracker, Choreographer, Costume Designer, Producer 

Symbiosis, evening length featuring musical artists: Timbre Cierpke & La De Les

Homage, Choreographer 

2010-2011

Count...the Legend of Dracula, Choreographer

Norm and Cleo (revised from 2004), Choreographer 

Appalachian Spring, Commissioned work for Firelands Dance Symphony 

Selections of An American in Paris, Choreographer

2008-2009

The Stag Line, Choreographer 

Three Cornered Hat, Choreographer 

Change My Name, Choreographer 

By George, Choreographer 

Coffee Talk, Choreographer Choreographer Spring and Summer, Bobby Wesner

Holiday Spectacular with The Mansfield Symphony

Creative, Open-minded, Risk-taking, Intuitive

 
CONTACT ME

For Choreography Inquiries, teaching, bookings and performing opportunities

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(330) 595-4650

Robert F. Wesner

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