KC Ballet Announces 60th Season & Kennedy Center Appearance KC Ballet Announces 60th Season & Kennedy Center Appearance
KCB Dancers Danielle Bausinger, Michael Davis, Dillon Malinski, and Gustavo Ribeiro. Photo by Kenny Johnson. Artistic Director Devon Carney recently announced the Kansas City... KC Ballet Announces 60th Season & Kennedy Center Appearance

KCB Dancers Danielle Bausinger, Michael Davis, Dillon Malinski, and Gustavo Ribeiro. Photo by Kenny Johnson.

Artistic Director Devon Carney recently announced the Kansas City Ballet’s 60th anniversary season which includes the world premiere’s of Devon Carney’s ROMEO & JULIET, Septime Webre’s THE WIZARD OF OZ, the return of NEW MOVES and THE NUTCRACKER, featuring a limited engagement at The Kennedy Center, and a celebration to honor the company’s Diamond Jubilee anniversary.

“I cannot wait to present this 60th anniversary season to our audiences,” says Carney. “We have the honor of being invited to bring our recently created world-class production of THE NUTCRACKER to our country’s national theater, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for a limited engagement.

Of the ANNIVERSARY DANCE FESTIVAL created to mark the company’s 60th season, Carney says “There will be a masterwork by George Balanchine, and Kansas City premieres by internationally recognized creators Stanton Welch, James Kudelka and Jiří Kylián, as well as premieres by Andrea Schermoly and Matthew Neenan. These are all engaging and forward-thinking works, which allow our repertoire to grow.”

“For a professional ballet company in a midsize city in our country to be able to celebrate a 60th anniversary is almost startling,” says Executive Director Jeffery J. Bentley. “The odds seem insurmountable. It takes many committed people over a long period of time to mold a small, cheeky company into a community cultural institution. But that is in fact what has happened here. Volunteers, board members, artists, staff, businesses, philanthropic leaders and so many more have staked a claim for this company’s success long before there was reliable evidence of its eventual arrival. It took faith. And this year, as we reflect on where this company has traveled and where it has arrived and where it continues to move, we see the resounding benefit that faith has wrought.”

Kansas City Ballet 2017-2018 Diamond Jubilee Season (from the press release):

Kansas City Dance Day
Aug. 26, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity

Kansas City’s 7th annual celebration of dance and movement features FREE dance performances, dance and fitness classes, demonstrations and FUN for the whole family.

ROMEO & JULIET
World Premiere 
October 13-22, 2017 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Choreography: Devon Carney
Music: Sergei Prokofiev performed by Kansas City Symphony

William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy ranks among the world’s most enduring stories. Artistic Director, Devon Carney brings us his world premiere choreographic interpretation of this classic masterpiece with soaring choreography and sweeping characters. Don’t miss one of the most popular ballets in the world, the fateful embrace of star-crossed lovers.

THE NUTCRACKER
December 7-24, 2017
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Choreography: Devon Carney
Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky with music performed by Kansas City Symphony
Sponsored by Bank of America

Following its Kennedy Center premiere in Washington, D.C., Devon Carney’s acclaimed holiday production returns to KC for its third season. The classic, Victorian-era story by E.T.A. Hoffman featuring Clara, the Prince and Dr. Drosselmeier is wrapped with exquisite costumes, grand sets and captivating choreography. See your children’s wonder ignite and feel the glimmer once more as your childhood dreams return and inspire you to IMAGINE AGAIN.

NEW MOVES
February 15-19, 2018
Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity

New Moves is the chance for audiences to see the Kansas City Ballet company and tomorrow’s sought after choreographers in an up-close, intimate space. A visceral experience for audience and dancer alike, with all performances held in the Bolender Center’s intimate Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater. Come see our Kansas City Ballet artists and emerging choreographers together discover bold new ways of expression and feel the athleticism, beauty, power and passion of never before seen new creations out on the edge! This event will sell out!

ANNIVERSARY DANCE FESTIVAL
April 6-15, 2018 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
The 2017-2018 season continues with the ANNIVERSARY DANCE FESTIVAL, featuring two weekends of two separate programs of World and Kansas City Premieres.

DIAMONDS
April 6, 7 and 8
Music performed by Kansas City Symphony
Diamonds Choreography: George Balanchine Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

George Balanchine’s DIAMONDs, with music by Peter Tchaikovsky, recalls the order and grandeur of Imperial Russia and the Maryinsky Theater, where Balanchine was trained. It is the third and final ballet of Balanchine’s Jewels and is a glorious culmination of beauty and elegance.

World Premiere Choreography: Matthew Neenan Music: TBA

PETITE MORT
Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Petite Mort, translated from French, means “little death” and it passionately depicts the vulnerability of our lives. Choreographer Jiří Kylián holds world-wide acclaim and has been one of the most influential voices in the progression of dance in past decades. Featuring the music of W.A. Mozart, Petite Mort is an absolute “must see” in this Kansas City premiere.

THE MAN IN BLACK
April 13, 14 and 15
Choreography: James Kudelka
Music: Johnny Cash

Flannel shirts, cowboy boots, and jeans never looked so good in this tribute to rockabilly, Johnny Cash. James Kudelka’s hit ballet is an ode to the human spirit and a unique blend of country-western dance. The Toronto Star called THE MAN IN BLACK “a work so inventive, so alert to the music and their lyrics, and so deeply moving.”

PLAY
Choreography: Stanton Welch
Music: Moby
The music of techno master Moby is the backdrop for Stanton Welch’s ballet of everyday city life…the daily routines of our lives. The Columbus Dispatch said that it ” has the hustle and bustle of a New York street as well as a humorous eye … [PLAY] quickly caught the audience in its grasp.”

World Premiere Choreography: Andrea Schermoly Music: TBA

THE WIZARD OF OZ
World Premiere 
May 11-20, 2018
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Choreography: Septime Webre
Music: Matthew Pierce
Performed by Kansas City Symphony

From the creator of Alice (in wonderland), comes the world premiere of L. Frank Baum’s acclaimed story of family, friendship and courage. Join Dorothy on her fantastical journey to the Emerald City. There’s no place like home, and this new production makes its debut in the most perfect of places: Kansas City.

All but THE MAN IN BLACK will be accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony, conducted by Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau.

For more information, including the purchase of season subscriptions, visit kcballet.org.

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