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Louisville Ballet announces its 65th anniversary season for 2016-2017

Featuring a dynamic 65th Anniversary Season kickoff program with international guest artists,

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 17, 2016) – Louisville Ballet is thrilled to announce its 2016-2017 Season as the Company prepares to celebrate 65 years of inspiring Louisville and beyond through the art of dance. Highlights of this milestone season include: three Tchaikovsky ballets – a brand-new Swan Lake, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker and Alun Jones’ The Sleeping Beauty – as well as an innovative co-production with the Louisville Visual Art, continuing Louisville Ballet’s commitment to collaborative new work. Choreographers’ Showcase, a community favorite and the Company’s contribution to the classics of tomorrow, develops and grows this season with a focus on narrative. And the season opener, Stars + Stripes, spectacularly launches this anniversary season by highlighting the versatility Louisville Ballet dancers alongside special guest artists.

 635643886930516995-03-Louisville-Ballet-Suite-en-Blanc-by-Serge-Lifar-Erica-De-La-O-Photo-Renata-P.“Our 2016-2017 Season boldly and proudly affirms our position as a classical ballet company, continues our commitment to collaborative new work, and fully embraces our place in this thriving artistic community,” says Robert Curran, Louisville Ballet Artistic & Executive Director. “I feel so fortunate to be a part of this Company, especially in this milestone year. I couldn’t be more thrilled to share this ambitious and exciting season of dance.”




Sept. 9-10, 2016

Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center

We ignite our 65th Season with this stunning production featuring international ballet guest artists performing alongside our world-class Company! Experience classicism pushed to its limits in George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, a world-premiere piece by Artistic & Executive Director Robert Curran and the vibrant, full-tilt choreography of Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room.


Full STARS + STRIPES program includes:


Theme and Variations

Choreography by George Balanchine

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky;

Scenic & Costume Design by Hugh Coleman


World Premiere Work

Choreography by Robert Curran

Music by Yassou

Scenic Design by Louisville-based visual artist Letitia Quesenberry


In the Upper Room

Choreography by Twyla Tharp

Music by Philip Glass

Costume Design by Norma Kamali



Oct. 14-15, 2016

The Brown Theatre

Choreography by Robert Curran after Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Designs by Ryan Daly and Robert Curran


This world-premiere production brings together our Artistic & Executive Director Robert Curran with Louisville-based visual artist Ryan Daly to create a unique interpretation of the heartbreaking tale of love and betrayal. Classical ballet meets laser projection technology to create a Louisville Ballet experience like you’ve never had before.


Dec. 10-23, 2016

Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center

Choreography by Val Caniparoli

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Scenic & Costume Designs by Peter Cazalet


Embrace the magic of the season with our holiday classic. Prepare for an always-magical journey with Marie and her Nutcracker prince to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy!



Feb. 22-26, 2017

Bomhard Theater, The Kentucky Center

Choreography by Lucas Jervies

Music by Adam Ster

Designs by emerging Louisville-based visual artists

A co-production between Louisville Ballet and Louisville Visual Art, this production will push the boundaries of art created through collaboration. Lucas Jervies brings a psychological drama to life in the intimate setting of the Bomhard Theatre where you will feel the power of the art you are seeing.



April 7-8, 2017

Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center

Choreography by Alun Jones

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Designs by Alun Jones

Costumes by Peter Farmer and Alun Jones

This revival of Alun Jones’ production completes our homage to the Tchaikovsky classics and closes our 65th Anniversary Season with a spectacular and uplifting celebration of beauty.


Jan. 24-28, 2017

Louisville Ballet Studios

Get an exclusive first look at new choreography created by and for Louisville Ballet artists. This season we focus on narrative as we invest in the future of ballet and the dance makers building the classics of tomorrow. Join us for a thrilling performance that captures the craft and vision of our company.


2016-2017 SEASON TICKET PACKAGES: NEW THIS SEASON – Louisville Ballet now offers an even wider selection of Season Ticket Packages. This season’s options include full-season Experience Packages, a Story Ballet Trio, an Innovations package, a Choreograph Your Own package and more. Season Ticket Packages offer patrons access to the best seating and special perks, including concierge service through our patron services department, free and flexible ticket exchanges and the opportunity to join the Company throughout the year for special behind-the-scenes events. Packages start at just $50 and offer up to 30% off single ticket prices.

Package options, pricing, benefits and more are available at louisvilleballet.org.