Louisville Ballet Company Dancer Benjamin Wetzel.
Photo by Sam English


Collaboration With Local Artists Continues To Be Emphasized

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Louisville Ballet announced its 2016-2017 Season this week, 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 LakeThe Brown-Forman Nutcracker and Alun Jones’ The Sleeping Beauty – as well as an innovative co-production with Louisville Visual Art, continuing Louisville Ballet’s commitment to collaborative new work. Local visual artists Ryan Daly and Letitia Quesenberry will also be partnering in design work, and a rare inclusion of famed choreographer Twyla Tharp will distinguish the new season. Choreographers’ Showcase, a community favorite and the Company’s contribution to the classics of tomorrow, develops this season, which focuses on narrative.

“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

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.

The 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 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 technologies 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 the perennial 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 the homage to the Tchaikovsky classics and closes the 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 focuses on narrative as Louisville Ballet invests in the future of ballet and the dance makers building the classics of tomorrow. 


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.

2016-2017 Season Packages will be available for purchase and renewals for 2015-2016 Subscribers starting March 28, 2016.

Purchase 2016-2017 Season Ticket Packages online at louisvilleballet.org, by calling (502) 583-2623 or in-person at the Louisville Ballet box office located at 315 E. Main St. (9 AM – 5 PM, M – F).

2016-2017 Season single tickets will be available for purchase via The Kentucky Center for the Arts starting August 1, 2016.