The Ballet Arizona 2023-2024 season sees the return of many fan-favorites as well as a couple of world premieres.
The company continues their annual traditions of presenting The Nutcracker, a contemporary program, an all-Balanchine program, and a season at the Desert Botanical Garden. The upcoming season will see a world premiere by Resident Choreographer Nayon Iovino and a new full-length ballet by Artistic Director Ib Andersen.
Ballet Arizona 2023-2024 Season Schedule
Juan Gabriel | October 26-29, 2023
- Juan Gabriel by Ib Andersen
Step back in time to the Mexican singer-songwriter’s 1990 concert at Bellas Artes, filled with vibrant costumes, dynamic choreography, and the passionate music of Juan Gabriel.
Through her costum edesigns and work, Carla Fernández strives to preserve and revitalize the textile legacy of indigenous and mestizo communities of Mexico. She maintains a passion for sustainability and equity through manual methods of production with a vision to prove that ethical fashion can be innovative, avant-garde and progressive.
The Nutcracker | December 8-24, 2023
- The Nutcracker by Ib Andersen
Ballet Arizona returns to Symphony Hall in grand fashion with this holiday classic. Celebrate the joy and wonder of the season with Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker as Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is masterfully performed by The Phoenix Symphony. Follow Clara’s wintry adventures as she battles mischievous mice and charms the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Moving Movies | February 15-18, 2024
- Moving Movies by Ib Andersen
This world premiere accompanied by live music will take you on a journey through the movies, featuring powerful music, stunning visuals, and colorful costumes that will entertain your senses.
Contemporary Moves | March 28-31, 2024
- Rio by Ib Andersen
- Piazzola Caldera by Paul Taylor
- World Premiere by Nayon Iovino
Set to Philip Glass’s “Days and Nights in Rocinha,” Rio explores the movement and vivacity found in Brazilian culture, featuring vibrant costumes and dynamic choreography. Inspired by samba, this playful ballet recalls the joy of the country of Brazil.
The Arizona premiere of Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera is a sensual exposé of tango as reinterpreted and reimagined with modern dance. Taylor honors the tradition of tango, preserving the essence of the form in his choreography.
Choreographer Nayon Iovino’s newest work will close the program.
All Balanchine | May 2-5, 2024
- Divertimento No. 15 by George Balanchine
- La Valse by George Balanchine
- Symphony in Three Movements by George Balanchine
Experience three ballets by the Father of American Ballet, George Balanchine. Artistic Director Ib Andersen is one of a handful of artists worldwide entrusted by the Balanchine Trust to stage these masterpieces.
Set to “[Mozart’s] finest divertimento ever written,” Divertimento No. 15 is a whirlwind of dynamic choreography, featuring an abstract series of solos, duos and choruses that shows off the company’s sterling technique.
Experience the grandeur of La Valse, often described as “a choreographic poem.” Featuring the moody and mysterious score by Ravel, let Ballet Arizona waltz you through one of Balanchine’s most sumptuous works.
Symphony in Three Movements makes its return to the Symphony Hall stage. Listen to Stravinsky’s bold, dynamic score, paired with breathtakingly angular, athletic choreography, for a complex and unmatched experience.
The Four Seasons | May 15-June 1, 2024
Desert Botanical Garden
- The Four Seasons by Ib Andersen
The Four Seasons makes its triumphant return to Desert Botanical Garden. Set to Vivaldi’s iconic score, take a journey in movement through spring, summer, autumn, and winter, featuring costumes designed and hand-painted by Artistic Director Ib Andersen, with the backdrop of the matchless desert landscape and the setting sun.
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