Louisville Ballet Announces a Season of Transcendence

Season Ticket Packages on sale now for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Performances

LOUISVILLE, KY Louisville Ballet is thrilled to announce performance details for the 2022/2023 Season of Transcendence. Moving forward into their 71st year, the Ballet continues the work of a 21st Century ballet company with a season of innovative productions that celebrate our past and our local community, uplift women in dance, and amplify artists pushing the boundaries of the art form, laying the groundwork for the future of ballet.

“Transcendence means many things to many people. For us, it means to go beyond the bounds of what is traditionally associated with ballet,” said Robert Curran, Artistic Director of Louisville Ballet. “This season we are embracing and celebrating those artists – dancers, choreographers, musicians, and others – who are not afraid to bravely push against the traditional confines of dance. This season’s performances will be nothing short of spectacular.”

Fall productions include Artistic Director Robert Curran’s “Coppélia,” a classical ballet set in Louisville’s historic Germantown neighborhood; “Celebrating Alun” honors the artistry and legacy of former Louisville Ballet Artistic Director, Alun Jones; and the annual holiday must-see, “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.”

Single tickets for Fall Season productions and The Brown-Forman Nutcracker are on sale now

Spring productions include in-studio community favorite, “#ChorShow,” featuring new works by Louisville Ballet artists in collaboration with Louisville Youth Group and Pandora Productions, both leaders in our region’s LGTBQ+ community; “Spotlight Series: Women in Focus,” dedicated to the work of women-only choreographers, contributing artists, and designers as well as the recipient of this season’s Dysart Award for choreographers on the rise (to be announced later in the season); and “La Sylphide,” one of the oldest surviving classical ballets, now with new costumes and sets designed by Robert Curran, and paired with George Balanchine’s “Scotch Symphony.” 

“This is my first season with Louisville Ballet, and I am thrilled to join this incredible team and to help support the amazing work this Company does both on stage and in our community,” said Philip Koester, Executive Director of Louisville Ballet. “This storied organization is a true gem for our city and our entire region, and so I’m honored to officially be a part of it.”  

2022/2023 Season of Transcendence subscription ticket package renewals are happening now. New subscribers can purchase packages online at LouisvilleBallet.org or by calling the Louisville Ballet box office at (502) 583-2623. Fall 2022 single tickets will be available starting August 23, 2022. 

COPPÉLIA | October 6-8, 2022 | The Brown Theatre | Choreography by Robert Curran | Music by Léo Delibes

Experience a uniquely local version of this beloved autumnal ballet, set in Louisville’s own Germantown during the fall of 1917, just as the United States joins World War I. With choreography by Artistic Director Robert Curran (after Arthur Saint-Léon, Marius Petipa, and Dame Ninette De Valois) and scenic designs by Louisville-based visual artist, Jacob Heustis and costumes by Dan Fedie.


CELEBRATING ALUN | November 4-5, 2022 | Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center | Choreography by Alun Jones: Violin Concerto, Liebestraume, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Celebrate the life and artistry of the late Alun Jones who led Louisville Ballet as Artistic Director for almost a quarter of a century, elevating the Company and the Louisville community with his choreographic expertise, his design flair, and visionary artistic leadership.


THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER | December 9-23, 2022 | Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center | Choreography by Val Caniparoli | Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky performed  live by the Louisville Orchestra

This Louisville Ballet holiday classic returns to delight audiences of all ages. Join Marie and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Filled with magic, artistry, awe-inspiring sets, and costumes, “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” brings the joy of the holiday season to life. Featuring choreography by Val Caniparoli with live music performed by The Louisville Orchestra.


CHORSHOW | January 25-29, 2023 | Louisville Ballet Studios | Choreography by the Artists of Louisville Ballet 

This community favorite production presents new works by and for Louisville Ballet Artists in collaboration with Louisville Youth Group and Pandora Productions. Performed live inside Louisville Ballet’s Main Street Studios.


SPOTLIGHT SERIES: WOMEN IN FOCUS | March 2-4, 2023 | The Brown Theatre | Choreography by Ching Ching Wong, Andrea Schermoly (Louisville Ballet Resident Choreographer), and the 2023 Dysart Award Winner (TBA)

The second installation of this mixed-repertory series features new works created by a team of women-only choreographers as well as scenic, costume, and lighting designers. This production will also feature work by the recipient of the Louisville Ballet 2023 Dysart Award, an annual award for rising choreographers.


LA SYLPHIDE with Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony | April 13-15, 2023 | The Brown Theatre | Choreography by August Bournonville and George Balanchine | Music by  Hermann Lovenskjold and Felix Mendelssohn | Costumes + Set Designs by Robert Curran

One of the oldest existing classical ballets, set in Scotland and first staged almost 200 years ago, “La Sylphide” explores themes of love, vengeance, and envy while examining the juxtaposition between nature and modern life. With original choreography by August Bournville and new costumes and sets designed by Artistic Director Robert Curran. This production also includes George Balanchine’s “Scotch Symphony,” the American master’s nod to the Scottish Highlands, filled with intricate footwork, a wistful pas de deux, all performed to Mendelssohn’s evocative score. With generous support from James and Elizabeth Voyles   

Louisville Ballet remains committed to undertaking any and all measures to keep our artists, staff, and audiences safe. Louisville Ballet adheres to the Kentucky Performing Arts’ (KPA) policy. These venues include The Kentucky Center, Brown Theatre, and Old Forester’s Paristown Hall.


Louisville Ballet, led by Artistic Director Robert Curran and Executive Director Philip Koester, is an evolved, but accessible artistic organization that boldly and beautifully communicates stories both classic and new. We exist to move, to evoke emotion, to provoke thought, and to challenge perceptions. We are artists, athletes, and activists. We are inventors and inspirers. Currently preparing for our 2022/2023 Season of Transcendence, we have been one of the nation’s leading ballet companies since 1952. As the official State Ballet of Kentucky, we have hosted some of ballet’s biggest names including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, and Wendy Whelan, performed for tens of thousands of people, and reach over 20,000 school children throughout the Commonwealth with educational programs annually.