TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Ballet Tucson, Tucson's only professional ballet company, announces the repertory and performance schedule for its 29th (2014-2015) season. For the Opening Night Gala/Season Opener, Founding Artistic Director Mary Beth Cabana has selected an exciting triple bill of works including the world premiere of Phantom of the Opera (the ballet). Murder and mayhem are the order of the day at the Paris Opera in this original ballet based on the classic 1925 silent film. Included on this program are the revivals of Joplin, a crowd-pleasing and exuberant nod to 1920s style dance with choreography by Mark Schneider and Boler-O, a pulsing, energetic rendition of Ravel's popular music with visually compelling images and fresh choreography.
Friday, October 17 (Opening Night Gala) – gala at 6:30 p.m., performance at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 18 – 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 19 – 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Stevie Eller Dance Theatre
For the Christmas season, the company's annual presentation of The Nutcracker is the “must-see” holiday event for the entire family. Ballet Tucson's production of the beloved classic is the most elaborate in all of Southern Arizona and performances.
Friday, December 26 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 27 – 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 28 – 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Tucson Music Hall
Dance & Dessert 2015 will again feature an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary ballet works with post-performance desserts from the area's top restaurants and eateries. The repertoire for this favorite perennial concert features the Ballet Tucson premiere of No Holds (barre'd) with fast-paced, stunning choreography by Kiyon Gaines, Pacific Northwest Ballet's talented rising star. The program will also include Laura's Women, the late Ian Horvath's signature work set to the haunting and emotional songs of Laura Nyro, along with the premiere of Steps, Precup's new work which uses a collage of musical styles to explore the history of dance and create a unique vocabulary of contemporary ballet.
Friday, March 20 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 – 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 22 – 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Stevie Eller Dance Theatre
The season concludes with Ballet Tucson's full-length Sleeping Beauty which returns after an absence of 6 years. This is a classic fairy tale for the whole family.
Saturday, May 2 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 3 – 2 p.m.
UA Centennial Hall
“I am proud to reflect on the artistic accomplishments of last year's 10th Anniversary. Building on that success, the 2014-2015 season promises to be even more exciting as the company evolves and prospers. This will be another outstanding season for Ballet Tucson – with the return of classics and new cutting edge ballets by our talented artistic team and other nationally known choreographers.”
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