Louisville Ballet presents SWAN LAKE

Experience a radically beautiful interpretation of the classic tale:

315 W. Broadway
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 @ 8 PM
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 @ 2 PM & 8 PM


Choreography by Robert Curran after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Music by Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Designs by Ryan Daly, Garrett Crabtree, Tiffany Woodard and Robert Curran
Live Music performed by The Louisville Orchestra


LOUISVILLE, KY, Thursday, September 22, 2016 – Louisville Ballet returns to the historic Brown Theatre for a new, exhilarating version of the timeless classic, Swan Lake, the second ground-breaking production of our 65th Anniversary Season. This world-premiere production brings together Louisville Ballet Artistic and Executive Director Robert Curran with Louisville-based designers and media artists, Ryan Daly and Garrett Crabtree and Tiffany Woodard, to create a unique interpretation of this heartbreaking tale of love and betrayal.

Working with laser projection technology on an otherwise bare stage, Daly and Crabtree create a scenic environment that transports the audience to a futuristic world. Both designers worked together to create a patron experience for The Speed Museum’s re-opening celebration,The Big Reveal. Local designer and artisan Tiffany Woodard designed costumes that complete the vision of this world to help fully create an entirely new Louisville Ballet experience.

As Artistic & Executive Director Robert Curran explains, “This production is definitely not a traditional version of Swan Lake – my hope is that we’ve created something that will surprise and transport our audiences. We have, however, intentionally preserved the heart of this exquisite story and its exploration of profoundly human struggles – family relationships, love, betrayal, and redemption – through new choreography still very much based in the traditions of classical ballet.”

Single tickets for Louisville Ballet’s Swan Lake are available now via The Kentucky Center box office and start at just $35 each. Call (502) 584-7777, purchase online at kentuckycenter.org or visit their box office located at 501 West Main Street.


Experience the 65th Season of Louisville Ballet with a perfectly built Season Ticket Package. Options include a Full-Experience package, a Story Ballet Trio featuring Swan Lake, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, an Innovation package, or Choreograph Your Own package for something in-between.  Packages start at just $50 with perks that include:

  • Access to the best seats at the best prices
  • Save up to 30% off single ticket prices
  • Enjoy easy, fee-free ticket exchanges through our box office
  • Pay through payment plans that work for almost any budget
  • and MORE!

PURCHASE ONLINE or call the Louisville Ballet Box Office at (502) 583-2623.


ABOUT RYAN DALY, LASER PROJECTION ARTIST: Designer and media artist Ryan Daly was born inLouisville Kentucky. He studied experimental filmmaking at Pittsburgh Filmmakers earning a certification of film production in 2003.  In 2007 was a founding member Louisville Film Society and their executive director from 2009-2013. In 2010, Daly was assistant to director Jerome Hiller for the feature documentary Music Makes a City. In 2015, he was the set decorator for the award winning film Men Go to Battle. He has made numerous music videos including collaborations with music artist Wax Fang, Joan Shelly, and Will Oldham.

Daly has been a pioneer in augmented reality know as projection mapping. He designed and implemented a four story projection for the Waverly Hills Sanatorium (2013-2015) This past spring, Daly designed a three projector, two-hundred and ten-foot projection map for the re-opening of the Speed Museum.

In 2014, along with partner Garrett Crabtree, Daly founded Lapis Laser Display, premiering their first workGet Lit at the Workhouse Ballroom in 2015. In the winter of 2016, Daly and Crabtree were the first artists to exhibit in the newly renovated Speed Museum with eight laser projection entitled Laser Sinfonia.

Also a photographer, he exhibited solo work alongside painter Jacob Huestis at the Zephyr Gallery in 2014. He previously worked with Louisville Ballet creating the video component 2015 production of Coppélia,scenic designs by Jacob Huestis.


ABOUT GARRETT CRABTREE, LASER PROJECTION ARTIST: Garrett Crabtree is a DJ, musician and laserist born in Louisville KY. He studied audio production at Full Sail University and justice administration at the University of Louisville.

In 2009, Crabtree formed GLITTERTITZ with musician Jamey See Tai. A frequent recipient of Best ofLouisville and Reader Choice Awards, GLITTERTITZ are a staple within the Louisville arts and music communities. As resident DJ’s for area night clubs, they are frequent guests at some of the city’s biggest parties including Forecastle Festival, New Year’s Eve at 21c Museum Hotel, and Patron Circle Parties at the Speed Art Museum.  As musicians who DJ, GLITTERTITZ approach DJing as another instrument in a musician’s tool bag as evident with their recent collaboration with Teddy Abrams and the LouisvilleOrchestra.

In 2012, Crabtree began to incorporate extensive lights and lasers into GLITTERTITZ sets. In 2013, he provided lasers for a music video photographed by Ryan Daly. The following year, the two formed Lapis Laser Display while preparing a laser show for Waverly Hills Sanatorium. In 2015 they premiered their first work, Get Lit, at the Workhouse Ballroom. In the winter of 2016, Crabtree and Daly were the first artists to exhibit in the newly renovated Speed Art Museum with an eight-laser installation entitled Laser Sinfonia.

This is his debut collaboration with Louisville Ballet.


ABOUT TIFFANY WOODARD, COSTUME DESIGNER: Tiffany Woodard is a designer and artisan living and working in Louisville, Kentucky. Utilizing sewing machines, glue guns and power tools she challenges traditional approaches to space, fashion and accessorizing. Intrigued by the relationship between craft and fashion, Woodard began creating costumes, hairpieces, and accessories in 2008.

Born in Yukon, Canada, she draws upon her ancestral heritage as source of inspiration and departure for her designs and artisan techniques.  From material concerns to applied practice, her work echoes traditions while focusing on the aesthetics of what’s to come.

She has been featured in several shops and craft venues around the midwest, including Renegade Handmade in Chicago, Indieana Handicraft Exchange in Indianapolis and most recently the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair in Louisville. Her work was exhibited in the annual KMAC Couture runway show in 2016, curated by Joey Yates. Her work also appeared in the Fall-Winter issue of Louisville Bride magazine also in 2016.

This is her debut design for Louisville Ballet.


ABOUT THE ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Trained at The Australian Ballet School and having enjoyed a thrilling and fulfilling career with The Australian Ballet as a Principal Artist, Robert Curran took the passion and discipline he developed as a dancer and set his sights on diversifying his knowledge, skills and abilities. Education and experience continually expanded his ability to move his own body on stage and through this, move an audience through a wide range of emotions. Beyond his dancing career he strives to continue to move people towards a satisfying encounter with dance. Robert is motivated by the form that a dancer gains from training in the traditions of classical ballet, where respect and discipline can facilitate breathtaking strength and freedom. He is also inspired by the innovation that forms the function of any artist, that being to bravely and boldly express oneself through art for the greater good of a community. As Artistic Director of Louisville Ballet, Robert continues to contribute to the global arts community, enriching his knowledge of the art form to which he has devoted his life. He is excited by, and committed to, theLouisville community with its abundant respect for the arts and its exciting perspective on the future.


ABOUT THE COMPANY: Louisville Ballet, led by Artistic & Executive Director Robert Curran, is committed to making. moving. art. Louisville Ballet is the State Ballet of Kentucky, offers dance to an audience of more than 43,000 people each year and has earned a national reputation as one of the country’s leading balletcompanies. Founded in 1952, the Company has over 70 world premiere ballets to its credit and a repertoire of over 150 works by choreographers such as Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Lucas Jervies, Adam Hougland and Val Caniparoli. Louisville Ballet’s education programs reach over 12,000 school children annually through student matinee performances and on-site lecture demonstrations.

For more information, or to request photos, please contact Director of Marketing, Natalie Harris, at (502) 583-3150 x 238 or via email at nharris@louisvilleballet.org.