Louisville Ballet presents THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER

Embrace the holiday season with our beautiful classic – 

this year with NEW MAGIC!


Whitney Hall
501 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
December 10-22, 2016

Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Sets and costumes by Peter Cazalet

Louisville, KY (November 8, 2016)
– Louisville Ballet is again proud to present its annual holiday treat for the entire family, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker. Generously underwritten by the Brown-Forman Corporation, this production celebrates the magic and beauty of the season by taking audiences on a beautiful journey through the world of the Sugar Plum Fairy, all with distinct Louisville touches. The Brown-Forman Nutcracker runs December 10-22 at The Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall. The Louisville Orchestra will provide live music for all performances, thanks to generous support from the Brown-Forman Corporation.


As Louisville Ballet’s Artistic and Executive Director, Robert Curran explains, “Louisville has such a strong connection to this holiday tradition and I love being part of that experience, especially since it is such a high-quality production. It is such a pleasure for Louisville Ballet to deliver The Brown-Forman Nutcracker to our community each year. Brown-Forman Corporation’s support for this production is exceptional; I am so grateful for their commitment to this beautiful production and to our company.”


Thanks to the support of Hilliard Lyons, this season Louisville Ballet welcomes back into our studios both Val Caniparoli, Brown-Forman Nutcracker choreographer, and Marshall Magoon, the production’s original magic and illusion designer, as they work together to add new and updated magical effects to this incredible production.

Louisville Ballet received a generous one million dollar gift from the Brown-Forman Corporation in 2008 to create this beautifully updated production, which premiered in 2009. Choreographed by Val Caniparoli and designed by world-renowned set designer Peter Cazalet, this production celebrates Louisville by including hometown elements like the St. James Fountain and Derby Jockeys. Master illusionist Marshall Magoon created illusions specifically for this ballet that complete the magical experience.



Single tickets for Louisville Ballet’s The Brown-Forman Nutcracker are available via The Kentucky Center. Call (502) 584-7777, purchase online at kentuckycenter.org or visit their box office located at 501 West Main Street. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Contact Louisville Ballet at (502) 583-3150 x 242.


Louisville Ballet Season Ticket Packages are perfect for holiday gifts and offer up to 30% off the single ticket price! Call the Louisville Ballet Box Office at (502) 583-2623, purchase online at louisvilleballet.org or visit the Louisville Ballet box office at 315 E. Main Street.


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, the Louisville 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 ballet companies. 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.