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October 2019

Balanchine’s Ballets Russes – Ballet West

Starts: October 25

Ballet West artists in staged Ballets Russes photo

October 25–November 2, 2019 The Song of the Nightingale (Le Chant du Rossignol) is a tale of a mysterious songbird that cures an ailing Chinese emperor. What emerges is a parable about nature’s capacity to heal wounds, and the need for humanity to be led by beauty and light. Balanchine’s Apollo is as sparse and restrained as it is dramatic and powerful. His version follows the young god as he is ushered into adulthood by the muses of poetry, mime,…

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  • November 2019

    The Lifespan of a Fact – Pioneer Theater Company

    Starts: November 1

    November 1–November 16, 2019 A new play based on a “true-ish” story. Contains strong language. A demanding editor has given an eager young fact checker a big assignment: apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by an unorthodox author on a sensitive subject. The resulting conflict between fact-checker and author casts a comic light on the intersection between truth and art. In an era of #FakeNews and #AlternativeFacts, it might seem ripped from today’s news, but the story, fresh from…

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  • Snow White – Ballet West II

    Starts: November 8

    November 8–9, 2019 A classic fairy tale is reborn in this magical, brand new production. The Grimms’ fairy tale receives an illustrious treatment in this Ballet West II world premiere. The newest installment in the Family Classics series, Snow White is presented in 90 minutes with guided narration and features the magic mirror, poisoned apple, and mysterious dwarves that will keep the entire family on the edge of their seats!

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  • December 2019

    The Nutcracker – Ballet West

    Starts: December 6

    December 6–24, 2019 Celebrate the 75th anniversary of an American masterpiece that originated with Ballet West founder, Willam Christensen. In 1944, critics were stunned when Christensen staged the first full-length Nutcracker in America. “We can’t understand why a vehicle of such fantastic beauty and originality would not be produced in its entirety in this country until now,” reported the Sacramento Union. It was produced on a shoestring budget, but captivated a nation. Now, during this momentous year and following a…

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  • February 2020

    Giselle – Ballet West

    Starts: February 7, 2020

    February 7–15, 2020 One of the most beloved romantic ballets presented in this acclaimed production. Since its Paris premiere in 1841, Giselle has been an instant triumph with audiences. A love story, a ghost story, and a tale of forgiveness from beyond the grave, Giselle is about a peasant girl who falls in love with a nobleman, not knowing he is betrothed to another woman. When she finds out the truth, she goes mad and dies, only to become one…

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  • The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) – Grand Theatre

    Starts: February 13, 2020

    Grand Theatre stage photo

    February 13–March 7, 2020 June is an ingenue struggling to pay rent, plagued by her evil landlord, encouraged by her wise neighbor, and potentially saved by the leading man. This one story becomes a variation of five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different composer, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. This musical is a hilarious satire of, you guessed it, musical theatre!

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  • April 2020

    Bolero & The Dream – Ballet West

    Starts: April 17, 2020

    April 17–25, 2020 Dynamic power and comedic timing are on full display. Based on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ashton’s Victorian retelling of the Bard’s ironic farce is both hilarious and charming and its music by Felix Mendelssohn is instantly recognizable. Ravel’s energetic score is combined with athletic and dynamic movement in Fonte’s acclaimed Bolero, being restaged for the first time since 2012.

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  • May 2020

    World Choreographic Festival – Ballet West

    Starts: May 14, 2020

    MAY 14–16, 2020 The intimate Rose Wagner Theater will once again host renowned international companies, including the Singapore Dance Theater, Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Ballet West for one week of explosive new works that will explore the future of ballet.

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