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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 8:28 am

Artistic Director Ib Andersen announced Ballet Arizona’s 2013-2014 season, presenting six programs, including full-length favorites and Arizona premieres.

The 2013-2014 season will demonstrate the virtuosity and artistry of Andersen and the nationally recognized Ballet Arizona company.

The season will open in October with the return of the storybook tale of “Cinderella,” which premiered to sold-out audiences in 2011. Performed at Symphony Hall with The Phoenix Symphony, “Cinderella” combines beauty, costumes and Prokofiev’s ultra-lush score in the retelling of this popular fairytale.

This fall, Ballet Arizona will unveil its new home on 2835 E. Washington St. with a celebratory grand opening including: a gala, a free community day and an extensive new schedule of classes at The School of Ballet Arizona for adults and children. The facility, more than 10 times the size of Ballet Arizona’s former home, is designed to be the center for dance in Phoenix. The $10 million building has seven dance studios, a theater that seats 299 patrons for performances and community events, a shoe room that can hold more than 2,000 pairs of pointe shoes, a Dancer’s wing including locker room facilities, lounge and physical therapy room, a costume and scenic shop, along with artistic, administrative and support offices.

The holiday season begins in December with the return of Arizona’s biggest holiday event, “The Nutcracker,” at Symphony Hall with The Phoenix Symphony for 19 performances. It is a fun-filled, magical adventure for the whole family -- complete with falling snow, dancing toys and waltzing flowers.

The highlight of the performance season is the world premiere of “La Bayadère,” a historic classic newly staged by Andersen and set in royal India of the past. “La Bayadère” is a dramatic ballet of eternal love, mystery, fate, vengeance and justice intertwined to tell the story of Nikiya, a temple dancer, her lover Solor, and the vengeance that keeps them apart, at least in this life.

Spring brings “Masters of Movement” to the historic Orpheum Theatre for a program that features works by today’s most compelling choreographers. Alejandro Cerrudo, acclaimed choreographer from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents “Off Screen,” a dance inspired by film, and Andersen’s “Symphonie Classique” is an elegant and classic short masterpiece. In May, Ballet Arizona presents the annual “All Balanchine” program. This program, a trio of signature works by the renowned choreographer, will showcase the company’s critically acclaimed interpretation of Balanchine ballets. The highlight of this program will be the Arizona premiere of “Western Symphony,” a rodeo full of frisky fillies and lonesome cowpokes danced to traditional western songs.

The finale of the season, “Innovations” will be an intimate experience at the new Dorrance Theatre at Ballet Arizona’s new Washington Street home. Emerging choreographers create world premieres with the Ballet Arizona dancers that show bold, new directions in the world of contemporary ballet.

Ballet Arizona, in its 34th season, is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating new and innovative works. Under the artistic direction of Andersen, a former principal sancer with The New York City Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet, Ballet Arizona follows his lead to the future of dance in Arizona. The School of Ballet Arizona, under the direction of Carlos Valcárcel, promotes access to the art form of ballet through dance education, with a focus on excellence in the form, directing each student to a lifelong love of dance. Following this vision, Ballet Arizona connects to more than 25,000 children and families every year through its free and low-cost outreach programs.

BALLET ARIZONA’S 2013–14 SEASON

BALLET UNDER THE STARS

Sept. 19–28

Spend a relaxing evening under the gorgeous Arizona sky as Ballet Arizona continues its annual season opening tradition with the 16th annual presentation of Ballet Under the Stars. Enjoy classical and contemporary ballet in a casual setting for free.

SCHEDULE: All performances begin at 7 p.m. and run approximately one hour.

• Sept. 19 at Beardsley Park, Sun City West

• Sept. 20 at Estrella Starpointe Amphitheater, Goodyear

• Sept. 21 at Paul Mason Sports Complex, Casa Grande

• Sept. 26 at Fountain Park, Fountain Hills

• Sept. 27 at TCA Amphitheater, Tempe

• Sept. 28 at Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix

DETAILS: balletaz.org or 602-381-0184

BALLET ARIZONA NEW HOME UNVEILING AND COMMUNITY DAY

Oct. 7-12

2835 E. Washington Street

Week of festivities and events leading up to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening night gala Oct. 11 and free community day Oct. 12.

SCHEDULE: Complete schedule TBA

• CINDERELLA

Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, with the Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall. Choreography: Ib Andersen. Music: Sergei Prokofiev. As if stepping between the pages of a beloved storybook, Ib Andersen’s Cinderella vividly delights audiences with the beauty and majesty of classical ballet, wrapped in the promise of “happily ever after,” and generously sprinkled with a dose of humor. Complete with a fairy Godmother, a handsome prince and an unforgettable ball, the magnificent staging, music and costumes make this production a delight for all ages.

TICKETS: $25-$158, discounts for seniors, students, military and groups.

Ballet Arizona Box Office: 602-381-1096 or balletaz.org

• THE NUTCRACKER

Dec. 6–24, with the Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall. Choreography: Ib Andersen. Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The magic of the holidays comes alive with Ballet Arizona’s classic “The Nutcracker.” Surrender to the grand sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score and the wonders of childhood. Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a thrilling adventure full of dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes. Ballet Arizona rings in the season with Ib Andersen’s “The Nutcracker,” creating memories to cherish forever.

TICKETS: $25-$158, discounts for seniors, students, military and groups.

Ballet Arizona Box Office: 602-381-1096 or balletaz.org

• LA BAYADERE (“The Temple Dancer”)

Feb. 13–16, with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall. Choreography: Ib Andersen world premiere. Music: Léon Minkus. Set in exotic India, Andersen’s world premiere follows the heartbreaking tale of a temple dancer and a young warrior kept apart in life and united only in death. With rich lavish set designs that conjure up exotic locales like The Arabian Nights, this ballet will transport you with dream-like sequences to a world of noble warriors, cruel princesses and beautiful temple dancers. “La Bayadère” features mesmerizing classical performances highlighted by the famous Shades scene, staged for the entire company.

TICKETS: $25-$158, discounts for seniors, students, military and groups.

Ballet Arizona Box Office: 602-381-1096 or balletaz.org

• MASTERS OF MOVEMENT

March 27–30 at Orpheum Theatre. “Masters of Movement” features works by acclaimed modern day dance choreographers that push the boundaries of classical ballet. Alejandro Cerrudo, acclaimed choreographer from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, presents “Off Screen,” with dance inspired by film scores; it’s slinky and modern, with sexy steps and eccentric moves. Andersen’s elegant and intricate masterpiece “Symphonie Classique” returns with costumes by Martin Pakledinaz, the two-time Tony Award-winning designer.

TICKETS: $25-$158, discounts for seniors, students, military and groups.

Ballet Arizona Box Office: 602-381-1096 or balletaz.org

• ALL BALANCHINE

May 1–4, with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall. Choreographer George Balanchine set the bar for his protégé, Ib Andersen, who brings together three works for this “All Balanchine” program. Episodes, danced to a moody score by Webern, is largely resistant to fantasy but invokes a world of possibility -- for us and for the dancers. The Arizona premiere of Walpurgisnacht fills the stage with feminine charm and beauty. The finale of the program is the Arizona premiere of “Western Symphony,” a joyous ballet based on traditional western songs.

TICKETS: $25-$158, discounts for seniors, students, military and groups.

Ballet Arizona Box Office: 602-381-1096 or balletaz.org

• INNOVATIONS

May 22–June 1 in Dorrance Theatre, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Join Ballet Arizona at the intimate Dorrance Theatre for an evening of captivating new choreography. Ib Andersen’s commitment to dance innovation and encouragement of emerging choreographers finds a home in Ballet Arizona’s new space. Don’t miss being a part of this new tradition to support the cultivation of young dance-makers.

TICKETS: $55.

Ballet Arizona Box Office: 602-381-1096 or balletaz.org

• STUDIO SPOTLIGHTS

Oct. 17-18, Jan. 30-31, March 13-14, and April 17-18, Dorrance Theatre, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Step inside the studio at Ballet Arizona’s intimate new Dorrance Theatre on Washington Street and experience a behind-the-scenes look at each upcoming production. This is the closest you will ever be to the work without being on the stage. Each one-hour gathering includes time for a question-and-answer discussion.

TICKETS: $55.

Ballet Arizona Box Office: 602-381-1096 or balletaz.org.

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