Louisville Ballet announces 2017-2018 Season!


Louisville Ballet Announces the 2017-2018 Season of Enchantment

Showcasing the artistry and versatility of Louisville Ballet, the 2017-2018 season delivers the finest of the classics and the most exciting of the contemporary. Be transported. Be inspired. Be enchanted!

LOUISVILLE, KY, March 27, 2017 – Louisville Ballet is thrilled to announce its 2017-2018 Season of Enchantment!  You will be whisked away from your day-to-day life to experience the art form of ballet at its very best.  In the Season of Enchantment you will witness an evening of ballet inspired by the phenomenal music of Igor Stravinsky, a beautiful and moving co-production with Kentucky Opera, the holiday tradition of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker, as well as the timeless classic Giselle. The Studio Series returns with Studio Connections and Choreographers’ Showcase, bringing you up close and personal with the extraordinary dancers.  You will be inspired, you will be moved, and you will be enchanted!

“After a spectacular 65th Anniversary Season, I am excited to continue our commitment to the still-compelling heritage works and exciting new work,” says Robert Curran, Louisville Ballet Artistic & Executive Director. “I am also looking forward to welcoming our patrons into our home for a sensational Studio Season.  2017-2018 will truly be a season of enchantment.”





Sept. 28-30, 2017

Louisville Ballet Studios

As we move forward into the next 65 years of Louisville Ballet, come into the studios and witness selections of our vast repertoire. Join us in celebrating the richness of our history and the versatility of our dancers. Be inspired and enchanted – up close and personal!



Nov. 10-11, 2017

Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center

Choreography by George Balanchine

Choreography by Lucas Jervies
Scenic and Costume Design by Elizabeth Gadsby
Lighting Design by Trad A Burns

Balanchine’s Rubies and a world-premiere Firebird, celebrating the incredible ballet music of Igor Stravinsky.

We present Rubies – the thrilling collaboration between Balanchine and Stravinsky – with its dynamic energy remaining as relevant and intense as its premiere 50 years ago. Lucas Jervies gives us his own bold Firebird, working with an international team of creatives to take this classic story and Stravinsky’s iconic music into a world of seduction, intrigue, and the abuse of power.



Dec. 9-23, 2017

Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center

Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Scenic & Costume Designs by Peter Cazalet

Experience the magic of this beautiful Louisville holiday tradition!

Our uniquely Louisville telling of the classic story of Marie and her journey with her Nutcracker prince is a festive fairy tale for both the young and young at heart. Filled with magic, artistry and awe-inspiring sets and costumes, it will transport you to a wonderland where dreams come true!



Jan. 23-27, 2018

Louisville Ballet Studios

Get an exclusive first look at new choreography created by and for Louisville Ballet artists. This program focuses on poetry, the spoken word and how the literary arts and the performing arts can meet to create. Join us for a thrilling performance featuring the craft and vision of our dancers and the wider Louisville arts community.



March 2 and 4, 2018

Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center

Choreography by Stephen Baynes
Scenic Design by Richard Roberts
Costume Design by Anna French

Project Faust
Directed by Sally Blackwood
Choreography by Adam Hougland
Scenic and Lighting Design by Trad A Burns


A Louisville Ballet + Kentucky Opera Co-Production

This exciting double bill between Louisville Ballet and the Kentucky Opera, joined by the Louisville Orchestra, brings a collaboration to the Whitney Hall stage like you’ve never seen before. It opens with Stephen Baynes’ Requiem danced to the glorious choral music of Fauré, followed by a dramatic reimagining of Gounod’s opera, retitled Project Faust, brought to us by director Sally Blackwood and our very own resident choreographer, Adam Hougland. This is a collaboration not to be missed!



April 13-14, 2018

The Brown Theatre

Choreography by Robert Curran and Uwe Kern after Petipa
Music by Adolphe Adam
Scenic Design by Peter Cazalet
Costume Design by David Heuvel

The classic tale of love, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption.

Witness the budding love between Giselle and Albrecht, and then the heartbreaking betrayal that sends Giselle mad and to her grave. And swoon at the power of Giselle’s love, which allows her to forgive Albrecht and save him from his death at the hands of Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis. One of the oldest continually performed productions, this ballet gem is a favorite that never disappoints, and brings to a close our 2017-2018 season.


2017-2018 SEASON TICKET PACKAGES Louisville Ballet offers an array of Season Ticket Packages to match your interests and your budget. This season’s options include the Ultimate Enchantment Package, a Story Ballet Trio, an Inspiration Package, an Innovation package, or Choreograph Your Own Package to fit you! Season Ticket Packages offer patrons access to the best seating and special perks, free and flexible ticket exchanges, discounts on additional ticket purchases. And the opportunity to join the Company throughout the year for special behind-the-scenes events.  Package options, pricing, benefits and more are available at louisvilleballet.org. 2017-2018 Season Packages will be available for purchase and renewals for 2016-2017 Subscribers starting March 31, 2017.

Renew your tickets or become a 2017-2018 Season Ticket Holder by June 30th and be entered to win a nights stay at 21c and dinner for two at Vincenzo’s for opening night of Stravinsky! 

Purchase 2017-2018 Season Ticket Packages online at louisvilleballet.org, by calling (502) 583-2623 or in-person at the Louisville Ballet box office located at 315 E. Main St. (9 AM – 5 PM, M – F). 2017-2018 Season single tickets will be available for purchase via The Kentucky Center for the Arts starting August 1, 2017.