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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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