Eating Rocks For Hunger, a new work of dance, will have its world premiere at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica, beginning Friday, April 17th, through Sunday, April 26th.

The dance performance is choreographed by Paula Present and Marie Bergenholtz, with music by Hanna Levy and Ariel A. Blumenthal. Voices Carry, Inc. artistic director Madeline Leavitt is presenting the show.

Eating Rocks For Hunger is scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, April 17th through 26th at Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica.

Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for Dance Resource Center members and $10 for seniors and students.

For tickets, (800) 838-3006, or

Leavitt, describes the message of the new dance work, saying,

ìFrom courage and hope comes our will to survive.

ìThis piece explores how the human spirit gathers strength when faced with personal and global survival,î she said.

Leavitt says the inspiration for the work came from a newspaper article about a ballet school in Iraq that continues to teach children despite the ongoing war, and tells the story of a woman dancing through the hallways of a hospital in order to face her battle with cancer.

ìAdd to the mix ó buckets, a pile of shoes, and a mound of dirt, and you will have an evening that weaves poetry out of adversity,î she explains.

Choreographer Present is the artistic director of award-winning PTERO Dance Theatre. Bergenholtz trained at the Ballet Academy of Gothenburg and the National Dance Academy of Stockholm and has appeared in productions of ìCats,î ìGrease,î and ìFame.î

Leavitt has worked with the Santa Monica Alternative School House Theater Arts Program, Ishvani Dance Company, The Mother Wrappers, and Angels of Light Theatre Company.

The performers of Eating Rocks For Hunger include adult dancers Present, Bergenholtz, Eva Wieland, Sarandon Cassidy Vincent and Denise Nissen, as well as young adult dancers Julianna Lamm, Bella Carey and Liana Smith-Gioe.

Set design is by Evan A. Bartoletti and Lisa D. Lechuga, and lighting design is by Jen Goldstein.