Ballet Arizona is set to present its 2021-2022 season by celebrating a revival from the pandemic and overcoming the pause in arts programs across the nation.
The season will mark the 36th year for Arizona’s official ballet company as well as the first full lineup after the pandemic.
The new season kicks off Oct. 29-31 and Nov. 5-7 at Dorrance Theatre, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, with “Contemporary Moves;” three ballets that shine the spotlight on choreography, music and tone from celebrated choreographers Justin Peck, Sir Frederick Ashton, and Ballet Arizona’s own Nayon Iovino.
Their performance of “The Nutcracker” will take place Dec. 10-24 in Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, featuring Ballet Arizona artistic director Ib Andersen’s choreography.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, “Romeo and Juliet,” choreographed by Andersen with the score by Sergei Prokofiev played by The Phoenix Symphony, will bring the story to Symphony Hall Feb. 10-13.
The All Balanchine program will present three ballets by renowned choreographer George Balanchine and staged by Andersen, who is one of a handful of artists worldwide authorized by The Balanchine Trust to stage the late choreographer’s masterpieces. The lineup includes performances such as “Serenade” and the Arizona premiere of “Bourrée Fantasque” March 24-27 at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix.
Ballet Arizona will bring to life Andersen’s choreography with the music of Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel’s performance from the Palacio de Belles Artes with Juan Gabriel. This world premiere performance May 5-8 pays homage to the legendary entertainer. “Juan Gabriel” is produced by Jacquie and Bennett Dorrance.
Ballet Arizona’s annual tradition An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden will conclude the 2021-2022 season May 17-June 2. Inspired by his 2016 world premiere, “Round,” Andersen plans to revisit this work with re-imagined choreography that embraces and showcases the natural backdrop of the desert.