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Ballet Arizona 2022-2023 Season Announced

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The 2022-23 season brochure for Ballet Arizona has been released. Here are the essentials:

Contemporary Moves
September 22-25, 2022, at the Orpheum Theatre (presumably to recorded music)
“An evening of three short but dynamic ballets”

  • Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour
  • TBD
  • TBD

October 20-23, 2022, at Phoenix Symphony Hall, with the Phoenix Symphony
Choreography: Ib Andersen
Music: Sergei Prokofiev

The Nutcracker
December 9-24, 2022, at Phoenix Symphony Hall, with the Phoenix Symphony
Choreography: Ib Andersen
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchiakovsky

February 9-12, 2023, at Madison Center for the Arts (presumably to recorded music)
Choreography: Ib Andersen after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Music: Adolphe Adam

All Balanchine
May 4 – 7, 2023, at Phoenix Symphony Hall, with the Phoenix Symphony
Choreography: George Balanchine

  • Raymonda Variations (Music: Alexander Glazunov)
  • Emeralds (Music: Gabriel Fauré)
  • The Four Temperaments (Music: Paul Hindemith)

An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden
May 16-June 3, 2023, Tuesday through Saturdays, 8PM nightly at Desert Botanical Garden, typically to recorded music
“From the choreographer that brought you new works such as Eroica, Topia, and The Four Seasons, An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden promises a spectacular experience that is uniquely Arizonan.”

  • Ballet: TBD

Studio Spotlight Events
“…experience a behind-the-scenes look at each upcoming production.”

  • Contemporary Moves, Sept 2, 2022, at Dorrance Theatre
  • Cinderella, October 7, 2022, at Dorrance Theatre
  • Giselle, January 27, 2023, at Dorrance Theatre
  • All Balanchine, April 2023, at Dorrance Theatre

Ballet Under the Stars
And, although the season brochure doesn't mention it, the season is typically kicked off with a series of free performances in early September, at various outdoor locations around the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Aside from the works themselves,  a couple of things are of particular interest:

  • The resumption of live music from the Phoenix Symphony for the All Balanchine program, coupled with the loss of live music for the full length story ballet, Giselle
  • The introduction of a new venue, Madison Center for the Arts, which is a new “state-of-the-art venue featuring a 908 seat auditorium”, and is associated with the Madison School District.

Also, BAZ has really been upping their game in terms of the brochure aesthetics - this year's especially so. Printed on very heavy stock, glossy paper, with lavish two-page spread photos for the major ballets. These things are actually frame-able!


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