Ballet Tucson announces 2019-20 season

Ballet Tucson announces its exciting repertoire for the 2019-2020 season highlights:

Christopher Wheeldon’s five movements, three repeats

world premieres of Recollections and Unsquare

Ballet Tucson premiere of George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco

revivals of Jekyll & Hyde, In The Mood, and Gemini


For the Opening Night Gala/Season Opener, Founding Artistic Director Mary Beth Cabana has selected an exciting triple bill of works:

Jekyll & Hyde

Choreography & Concept: Chieko Imada, Mary Beth Cabana

Ballet Tucson’s fanciful “steampunk” rendition of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson dark Victorian novel.

Five Movements, Three Repeats (Ballet Tucson premiere)

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Choreographic superstar Christopher Wheeldon mixes modern dance with ballet in a beautiful piece that glows with inventiveness – dance alchemy transpires between the two styles that is both eclectic and riveting.

In the Mood

Choreography: Mark Schneider

Popular “big band” music is at the heart of this charming, swing-style revival.


Footprints at The Fox (New Works Concert) returns for the 3rd year in a row in partnership with the Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation. Come cheer on the next generation of dance makers at the historic Fox Theatre with engaging new works created by our professional company of dancers. Innovative, entertaining, moving and suitable for the entire family!


Looking for something special to do with your loved ones over the Christmas holiday week? Ballet Tucson’s beloved production is the most elaborate in all of Southern Arizona, and performances will be presented December 28 – 29 on the grand stage of the Tucson Music Hall.

Join Clara on her magical journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets with swirling snowflakes and dancing confections to make memories that will last a lifetime.

WINTER CONCERT (MADE IN AMERICA) Ballet Tucson presents “Made in America” in partnership with the 2020 Tucson Desert Song Festival:


Choreography: George Balanchine

Considered a masterpiece worldwide and a milestone in the history of dance, Serenade is the first ballet created in this country by George Balanchine. Regarded as the father of American ballet, Balanchine ignited a revolution with his distinctive modern approach to choreography.

Unsquare (premiere)

Choreography: Chieko Imada

Take a musical journey with American jazz innovator Dave Brubeck as Assistant Artistic Director Chieko Imada brings his most iconic compositions to life.

Recollections (premiere)

Choreography: Mark Schneider

Turn of the century American popular songs are performed live as part of the Tucson Desert Song Festival’s commemoration of American music. Mark Schneider serves up a delightful new work presented in period costumes and grand style.


Concerto Barocco (Ballet Tucson premiere)

Choreography: George Balanchine

Concerto Barocco is the dance visualization of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins. As relevant today as it was on the debut program of New York City Ballet in 1948, Ballet Tucson dances this newest Balanchine acquisition with verve and panache.


Choreography: Daniel Precup

Back by popular request – the company’s Ballet Master Daniel Precup stages his dynamic dance interpretation of the legend of Castor and Pollux and the formation of the constellation Gemini.

Other entertaining selections (TBD) from Ballet Tucson’s repertoire will be presented. Dessert tastings will be served at the conclusion of each performance.

PERFORMANCE DATES/TIMES Opening Night Gala/Fall Concert Stevie Eller Dance Theatre Opening Night Gala – Thursday, October 31 at 6:30 pm (performance at 8:00 pm) Friday, November 1 – 7:30 pm Sunday, November 3 – 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm Tickets on sale September 1 Footprints at the Fox Fox Tucson Theatre Saturday, November 16 – 2:00 pm Tickets on sale October 1

The Nutcracker Tucson Music Hall Saturday, December 28 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm Sunday, December 29 – 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm Tickets on sale September 5 Winter Concert Pima Community College – West Campus

Center for the Arts – Proscenium Theatre Friday, January 31 – 7:30 pm Saturday, February 1 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm Sunday, February 2 – 1:00 pm Tickets on sale December 1 Spring Concert (Dance & Dessert 2020) Stevie Eller Dance Theatre Friday, March 13 – 7:30 pm Saturday, March 14 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm Sunday, March 15 – 1:00 pm Tickets on sale January 2


Now in its 34th season and 16th year as the only professional dance company in Tucson and Southern Arizona, Ballet Tucson presents the highest quality dance productions with a full range of historic classics and contemporary works.

The company has been hailed as “a treasure in our community” by the Arizona Daily Star. Chuck Graham (Tucson arts writer) exclaims that the company “proudly maintains its place as the keeper of the flame of classical ballet in the Old Pueblo.”

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