Announces 2021-2022 Season
Text + Images Courtesy of Ballet Arizona

Iconic Partnerships, World Premieres and Innovative Works
Are the Hallmark of Ballet Arizona’s Upcoming Season

Above: Ballet Arizona dancers in Les Patineurs. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

Ballet Arizona presents its 2021-2022 season, 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.

Above: Ballet Arizona dancers perform In Creases. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

The new season will kick off on October 29-31 with Contemporary Moves. Consisting of three ballets, the spotlight shines on masterful and diverse composition, music and tone from celebrated choreographers: Justin Peck, Sir Frederick Ashton, and Ballet Arizona’s own Nayon Iovino. 

Above: Ballet Arizona dancers in The Nutcracker. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

Rejoicing in the spirit of the holidays, Ballet Arizona’s famous performance of The Nutcracker will take place on December 10-24 in Symphony Hall. Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen’s dazzling choreography and live music from The Phoenix Symphony will bring the enchantment and splendor of The Nutcracker to life. Ballet Arizona’s production has been named “among the top three in the country” by The New York Times. The Nutcracker is sponsored in part by Pivotal Foundation | F. Francis and Dionne Najafi. 

Above: Jillian Barrell and Nayon Iovino in Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Alexander  Iziliaev.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Andersen with a lush score by Sergei Prokofiev performed by The Phoenix Symphony, will bring the star-crossed lover’s story to Symphony Hall on February 10-13, 2022. With its sweepingly regal ballroom scenes, spirited swordplay and poignant pas de deux, Andersen’s production is a visual tour de force. 

Above: Helio Lima and Mimi Tompkins in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Choreography by George Balanchine. © The Balanchine Trust. Photo by Tim Fuller.

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. Held at the Orpheum Theatre on March 24-27, the lineup includes Serenade and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, as well as the Arizona premiere of Bourrée Fantasque.

Ballet Arizona will bring to life Andersen’s innovative choreography with the music of iconic Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel’s performance from the Palacio de Belles Artes. This world premiere performance on May 5-8, 2022, pays homage to the legendary entertainer who captured the hearts of millions worldwide and whose works have transcended generations. Juan Gabriel is produced by Jacquie and Bennett Dorrance. 

Above: Ballet Arizona dancers perform Round, An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden.  Photo by Tim Fuller.

What has become Ballet Arizona’s annual tradition, An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden will conclude the 2021-2022 season on May 17-June 2. Inspired by his 2016 world premiere, Round, Andersen plans to revisit this unparalleled work with re-imagined choreography that embraces and showcases the vast natural backdrop of the desert. 

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