When you hear Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, you automatically think of these classic ballets that have stood the test of time. These are three of Tchaikovsky’s “story ballets,” some of the most popular ballets ever performed, and they are all part of Louisville Ballet’s dynamic 2016-2017 season.

Set aside any thoughts of ballet being the dusty art form that some perceive it to be. 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.

The Louisville Ballet has an exciting season this year

Louisville Ballet in rehearsal for Swan Lake | Image: Sam English

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.

This innovation can be seen most prevalently in the three Tchaikovsky “story ballets:” Swan Lake, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. While story ballets are considered more traditional, these Louisville Ballet productions breathe new life into the classical works through innovation, inspiration and incredible artistry.

Let’s take a look at this season’s exciting story ballets:

Swan Lake

October 14-15, 2016
The Brown Theatre
Choreography by Robert Curran after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Designs by Ryan Daly and Robert Curran. Costume Designs by Tiffany Woodard.

An exciting season of innovation at the Louisville Ballet

Swan Lake

What is most notable about this ballet, which dates back to 1875, is that this version will not have a physical set. Instead, local laser artists Ryan Daly and Garrett Crabtree will provide a virtual set with a laser projection installation. Robert Curran, the Artistic and Executive Director, has choreographed this ballet still based in the classical ballet that is traditional but with story elements that push into a future world. There will be a modern, futuristic aesthetic and costumes, designed by Tiffany Woodard, which are sleek and structured with hints of color and shine throughout. Like the ballet, the costumes are elegant and refined, with strong dramatic elements.

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.

An exciting season of innovation at the Louisville Ballet

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

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 a treat for the viewer as they are introducing magic 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.

An exciting season of innovation at the Louisville Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty

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.

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Recently, when we visited the Louisville Ballet, they were brimming with excitement about this new season. Preparations were in full force, with costumes being designed and sewn by hand and dancers working hard in the studios all day. Their level of enthusiasm about these productions is palpable as they bring these classic tales to life. Here’s how to get tickets to see all these wonderful performances:

Story Ballet Trio Season Ticket Package

Pick up a Story Ballet Trio Season Ticket Package for the best seats at the best prices! Be swept away by Swan Lake, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, all in one incredible package.

Story Ballet Trio Season Ticket Package prices start at just $81 with perks that include:

  • Access to the best seats at the best prices
  • Up to 30% savings off single ticket prices
  • Flexibility of easy, fee-free ticket exchanges through the Louisville Ballet box office
  • The option to add unlimited tickets to packages at the same discounted per ticket rate
  • Access to special events and updates before the general public

Purchase online now or call the Louisville Ballet Box Office at (502) 583-2623.

The Louisville Ballet has an exciting season this year

Louisville Ballet dancers wait for rehearsal for Swan Lake to begin. Image: Sam English

Single Tickets

Single tickets for all Louisville Ballet main stage productions, including Swan Lake,  are available now via The Kentucky Center box office and start at just $35 each. Call (502) 584-7777, purchase online or visit their box office located at 501 West Main Street.

The Louisville Ballet has an exciting season this year

Louisville Ballet company dancer Jordan Martin in rehearsal for Swan Lake | Image: Sam English

Season Ticket Packages

Definitely the most economical option, build your ticket package around what you would like to see. Options include a Full-Experience package, a Story Ballet Trio featuring Swan Lake, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, an Innovation package, or Choreograph Your Own package for something in-between.

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.

The Louisville Ballet has an exciting season this year

Swans at rest in rehearsal for Louisville Ballet’s Swan Lake | Image: Sam English

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.