Rejoice, arts lovers. Ballet Arkansas is back with an impressive new season.

Ballet Arkansas' 2020-2021 season will include five productions and a variety of collaborations and special events. As the organization continues to navigate the coronavirus, they are exploring new measures to evolve their programming and reach an even wider audience. 

These are Ballet Arkansas' plans for the coming season, but it will need community support to continue to provide the high quality programming Arkansas audiences have become accustomed to.  Without support from the community, the show won't be able to go on as before. Ballet Arkansas will kick off their capital campaign on Tuesday, with the idea that they can do a lot with a little, but they need help to get that "little."

The troupe is also offering a variety of free online programming including Story Time with Sugar Plum each Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. The Sugar Plum Fairy will read a new story each week on Facebook Live. They're also sharing Encore performances of past productions on Saturday and Sunday that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch, as well as a variety of dance classes and dance challenges that are free to the public. Visit the website to take a class with one of Ballet Arkansas' professionals. 

And without further ado, here's a peek at what you can expect with the 2020-2021 season:

 

"Jekyll & Hyde"

Oct. 15-18

UA-PTC CHARTS Theater

The season begins with a multimedia world-premiere production of "Jekyll & Hyde" designed in collaboration with the creative team at Cranford Co. This classic tale is complemented by stunning original choreography and a collision of modern and historical production elements. "Jekyll & Hyde" will feature a community cast of up to 20 advanced-level dancers. Performance details and ticket information coming soon here.

 

"The White Room"

Autumn 2020

Ballet Arkansas has pioneered an interactive performance format where audiences will experience the production from the inside as it's happening and play a role in its outcome. A combination of efforts of the artistic staff and professional dancers, "The White Room" is a part of their PinDrop Performance Series and will take place in a series of unique undisclosed locations. Audience members will follow directions to be admitted. “Tell no one what you've seen, only what you've felt.” Performance details and ticket information coming soon here.

 

"Nutcracker Spectacular"

Dec. 10-13

Robinson Performance Hall

The holiday tradition for many families in Arkansas, the "Nutcracker Spectacular" is the largest and longest-running holiday production in central Arkansas. Featuring the professional dancers of Ballet Arkansas, performing alongside a community cast of more than 200 local children and adults, the production engages the community in the celebration of a holiday classic. Performances will include live accompaniment from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and 2 local choral ensembles. Performance details and ticket information coming soon here.

 

Land of the Sweets Nutcracker Tea

Dec. 13

Robinson Performance Hall

The 4th annual Land of the Sweets Nutcracker Tea will be held onstage at the Robinson Performance Hall on Dec. 13 at noon. Patrons of all ages will “make it snow,” take photos in the sleigh, read the story of “The Nutcracker'' with the Sugar Plum fairy and enjoy decadent sweets while watching an intimate performance. Tickets go on sale Sept. 1.

 

"Coppelia"

Feb. 19-21, 2021

UA-PTC CHARTS Theater

Perfect for families, this iconic ballet has a comedic twist and is paired with drama and virtuoso dancing. "Coppelia" will feature a community cast of approximately 75 dancers, ages 9 and up. A must-see this season, the production is the organization’s largest full-length undertaking in its recent history. Performance details and ticket information coming soon here.

 

"Extremes"

April 23-25, 2021

UA-PTC CHARTS Theater (*Master/Works April 2020 Rescheduled)

"Extremes" brings the most prolific and innovative repertoire  that dance has to offer to central Arkansas, including the works by internationally celebrated choreographers, Alice Flock, Florian Lochner, Gerald Arpino, and George Balanchine. This performance was postponed due to the coronavirus in 2020 and will move to 2021. Performance details and ticket information coming soon here.

 

You can subscribe and save with Ballet Arkansas' popular Trio Package, featuring three main stage productions ("Jekyll & Hyde," "Coppelia," "Extremes") at UA-PTC CHARTS Theater. Subscriptions go on sale in the summer of 2020. For individual performance tickets, head to Ballet Arkansas' website

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