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See Arizona’s premier performing arts groups — Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera and The Phoenix Symphony — perform on one stage during this gala fundraising event featuring excerpts from the “Barber of Seville,” “West Side Story” and “Schindler’s List.” While gala tickets, which include cocktails, the performance, dinner and dancing, are costly, performance-only tickets offer an affordable way to see all three groups perform simultaneously.
The City of Mesa Office of Diversity, City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board, Mesa Arts Center, ITVS Community Cinema and Eight Arizona PBS will host “Community Cinema,” a series of documentaries on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
As Raychel Diane Weiner twirls across the stage in Ballet Arizona’s elaborate production of “La Bayadère”, she’ll be dancing her good-byes to Arizona audiences. The ballerina from Southern California, who has been with the company for two years, is heading to New York City, where she starts filming this spring for the Starz Network ballet drama “Flesh and Bone.”
Raychel Diane Weiner dances to an original work by Alejandro Cerrudo for Ballet Arizona.
Each year, Ballet Arizona rings in the season with Ib Andersen’s “The Nutcracker,” when dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes dance to Tchaikovsky’s score performed by The Phoenix Symphony.
The Chandler Symphony Orchestra once again will ring in the holiday season with a series of performances, starting today.
Ib Andersen’s Ballet Arizona dances the story of Clara and her magical Prince against the backdrop of Tchaikovsky’s iconic score.
Scene from Ballet Arizona's 'The Nutcracker'
Ib Andersen and Ballet Arizona present this beloved rags-to-riches tale with magnificent costumes, scenery and a sprinkling of fairy godmother magic.
Ballet Arizona has moved into the old Walsh Brothers warehouse at 29th and Washington Streets in Phoenix. To celebrate their roomier 50,000 square foot locale housing a theater, seven dance studies, a shoe room with over 2,000 pairs of slippers, and a cavernous sewing room for costume creation, they are hosting a free, community open house Saturday, October 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Chandler Public Libraries have a series of different events for residents scheduled throughout the month of October.
The first time I went to the ballet, I couldn’t help but be enchanted. I was a child, and my exotic, much older second cousin was a “real” ballerina, breezing through town in vibrant stage makeup and a beautiful costume as part of a national tour. To top it off, the production was housed in an ornate downtown theater I’d only ever been to on elementary school field trips.
If you TiVo “So Think You Can Dance” and consider “Dancing with the Stars” a weekly excuse for a party, you’ll want to mark your calendar for Friday, June 7. That’s when Shaping Sound — a contemporary dance company formed by STYCD choreographers and DWTS stars Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson — bursts into Chandler.
Even with a healthy appreciation for the arts and a career that puts me in close proximity to them — not to mention a cousin who’s an accomplished professional ballerina — I can’t say I clamor for a night at the ballet.
Ballet Arizona celebrates the influence of famed choreographer George Balanchine by performing his works “Serenade,” “Monumentum pro Gesualdo,” “Movements for Piano and Orchestra,” and “The Four Temperaments.” The Phoenix Symphony accompanies them.
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Ballet Etudes stages its version of this classic fairytale, set to Prokofiev’s timeless score. After most performances, backstage tours are available.