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Grand Rapids Ballet schedules next season

May 20, 2016
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Grand Rapids Ballet steps to next season
The Grand Rapids Ballet presents various styles of dance from choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Photo via fb.com

The Grand Rapids Ballet has lined up the performances for its 46th season.

The ballet said its 2016-17 performances will include premieres, "significant contributions to the world of dance" and past favorites.

“This is sure to be one of the most exciting selections we have presented, and we know you are going to be entertained,” said Patricia Barker, artistic director, Grand Rapids Ballet.

Season tickets are on sale online and at the ballet box office, located in Grand Rapids at 341 Ellsworth Ave. SW.

Performances

“MOVEMEDIA: Made in America”: Oct. 7-9

“MOVEMEDIA: Made in America” features George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” Gerald Arpino’s “Light Rain” and Paul Taylor’s patriotic work “Company B.” The ballet said it's a “must-see program” celebrating great American choreography.

“Peter Pan” (Jr. Company): Oct. 21-23

“Peter Pan” comes to life in Grand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company's rendition of the classic story. Choreographed by Junior Company Artistic Director Attila Mosolygo, the one-hour performance is "perfect for kids of all ages." The performance has "all the fun and exciting elements of the story," like pirates and mermaids and the vividness of a child’s imagination.

“The Nutcracker: Presented by Meijer”: Dec. 9-11, 16-18

A West Michigan holiday tradition returns to DeVos Hall for two weekends. The production was re-imagined by “Polar Express” author Chris Van Allsburg and features choreography by Val Caniparoli and set design by Eugene Lee.

“Black & White: Swan Lake”: Feb. 10-12

The return of Mario Radacovsky’s “Black & White: Swan Lake” "is not to be missed." Radacovsky adopts a contemporary approach to the classic tale "you know and love," full of romance, Tchaikovsky’s timeless music and cruel deception.

“MOVEMEDIA: World Premieres”: March 10-12

Over the years, “MOVEMEDIA” has become "a platform for new and exciting works in the world of dance." There will be an assortment of pieces by "some of the most talented choreographers working today."

“Alice in Wonderland”: April 28-30, May 5-7

“Alice in Wonderland” will be "a delight" to the eyes and ears. "Curiouser and curiouser" is how the audience will feel after watching the costumes, set design and music all come together in a whimsical on-stage adventure.

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