What do the classic story ballets, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, have in common? They are both by famed composer, Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, among the most popular ballets ever performed, and both are part of Louisville Ballet’s dynamic 2016-2017 season.
And although story ballets may evoke nostalgia and fond memories, these productions also combine artistry with athleticism. Ballet requires serious work, talent and physical ability of the highest caliber. The dancers at Louisville Ballet, who hail from all over the world, are in top physical form and at the height of their abilities.
Louisville Ballet is committed to “making.moving.art.” And these three words are a powerful indicator of the Louisville Ballet’s mission. Separately shown, these words are action indicators of creativity on every level. Shown together, they encompass the definition of ballet, to make art that moves.
Louisville Ballet is one of the oldest ballet companies in the nation, and it is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. How has this relatively small ballet company thrived for 65 years? Simple. It’s innovative while paying respect to its classical ballet roots. They also work hard to build a strong connection to their community.
Their upcoming productions, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, both reflect this approach to the art form. While story ballets are considered more traditional, these Louisville Ballet productions breathe new life into the classical works through innovation, inspiration and incredible artistry. Both also reflect a strong connection to their community.
The Brown-Forman Nutcracker — December 10-22, 2016
Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center. Choreography by Val Caniparoli. Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Sets and costumes by Peter Cazalet. Live music performed by The Louisville Orchestra
The venerable Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition everywhere, but in Louisville it seems to be a family tradition with the same children and families participating and attending for years. This year will be even more of a treat with the introduction of new magical effects into the story of Marie and her Nutcracker prince on their journey to the Sugar Plum Fairy. Yes, real magic — not just metaphoric magic — awaits you for this adventure.
The Sleeping Beauty — April 7-8, 2017
Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center. Choreography and designs by Alun Jones. Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Costumes by Peter Farmer and Alun Jones.
The work of Alun Jones, the former longtime artistic director, returns to the stage with his beautifully classic production, The Sleeping Beauty. This familiar tale of Princess Aurora being awakened by her true love’s kiss is a perfect closing act for this exciting 65th anniversary season, with a popular ballet and a popular name at the helm.
Choreographers’ Showcase & Human Abstract
Louisville Ballet also challenges this season with their in-studio production, Choreographers’ Showcase, and a collaborative project with Louisville Visual Art (LVA), Human Abstract, performed at The Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater.
January 24-28, 2017 at Louisville Ballet Studios
Get an exclusive first look at choreography created by and for Louisville Ballet artists. This season they focus on narrative as an investment in the future of ballet and the dance makers building the classics of tomorrow.
February 22-26, 2017 at Bomhard Theater, The Kentucky Center
Choreography by Lucas Jervies. Music by Adam Starr. Designs by emerging Louisville-based visual artists
A co-production between Louisville Ballet and Louisville Visual Art, this production will push the boundaries of how art can be created through collaboration. Choreographer Lucas Jervies brings a psychological drama to life in the intimate setting of the Bomhard Theater, where you will feel a close connection to the power of the art you see.
HOW TO GET TICKETS
Louisville Ballet’s 2016-17 season is underway, but they definitely have lots of incredible dance experiences to offer. Their level of enthusiasm about these productions is palpable as they bring these classic and innovative performances to life. Here’s how to get tickets:
Single tickets for all Louisville Ballet main stage productions are available now via The Kentucky Center box office and start at $35 each. Call (502) 584-7777, purchase online or visit their box office located at 501 W. Main St.
Choreographers’ Showcase tickets are $30 each and are available online or by calling the Louisville Ballet box office at (502) 583-2623.
Season Ticket Packages
This is a great gift opportunity for the dance lover in your life! Options include a “Choreograph Your Own” package – the best option for tickets for The Brown-Forman Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty – or an “Innovation” package, which includes their popular in-studio production, Choreographers’ Showcase and a collaborative production with Louisville Visual Art, Human Abstract, for a more contemporary dance experience. These packages start at just $50 with perks that include:
- Access to the best seats at the best prices
- Up to 30% savings off single ticket prices
- Easy, fee-free ticket exchanges through our box office
- The option to pay through payment plans that work for almost any budget
Purchase online or call the Louisville Ballet box office at (502) 583-2623.
We are excited to see all the making, all the moving and especially all the art in store this season from this innovative ballet company, right here in our hometown.
This article is sponsored by Louisville Ballet.