Madison Ballet Celebrates 40th Production Season
Madison Ballet is thrilled to announce its Ruby Anniversary season, which brings beloved ballet classics and captivating avantgarde works back to in-person audiences. After a year away from the stage, the 2021/2022 season marks a year of transition and growth for the organization, featuring more live accompaniment, larger stages and auditoriums, and all-new choreography for the annual production of The Nutcracker. The season will also celebrate the accomplishments of outgoing Artistic Director Sara Stewart Schumann as the company welcomes a new Artistic Director for the 2022/2023 season.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Capitol Theater, Overture Center
September 17 – 26, 2021
Overture Hall, Overture Center
December 17 – 26, 2021
Lift Every Voice 2022
Virtual Dance Film Production
Promenade Hall, Overture Center
March 25 – April 3, 2022
This momentous season picks up where Madison Ballet left off in spring 2020. After its pandemic-forced closure just a week before opening, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take the stage this fall, telling Shakespeare’s most whimsical comedy through a rich story ballet. This romantic fantasy is created by world-renowned choreographer Peter Anastos and accompanied by Felix Mendelssohn’s score, including the popular “Wedding March,” played by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Enjoyed by audiences of all ages, the story includes humor, love, magic and, of course, fairies! All performances of this enchanting story will include supertitles.
Madison Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker returns to Overture Hall in 2021 with a holiday performance that will dazzle like no other. In celebration of Madison Ballet’s 40th Anniversary Season, this production brings all-new choreography — created jointly by Artistic Director Sara Stewart Schumann, Ballet Masters Rachelle Fochs and Tom Mattingly, and company dancer Yu-Jhe Sun — to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, played by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Local ballet students and community members will join Madison Ballet’s own professional dancers to bring to life the magical tale of Clara and her Nutcracker prince.
Expanding on the success of our first film series in spring 2021, Lift Every Voice 2022 will premiere Valentine’s Day Week. This virtual production will once again debut brand-new contemporary works by choreographers of color, exploring thought-provoking themes through progressive ballet movement. Experience artistic innovation from the comfort of your home for a unique Valentine’s Day celebration.
Madison Ballet closes its Ruby Anniversary Season with Turning Pointe, a program which embraces ballet in all its facets: from classical repertoire to new works that redefine the art form. Turning Pointe will feature a restaging of works from the company’s 2021 “Lift Every Voice” film series, and Gerald Arpino’s 1986 Birthday Variations will be a fitting celebration to honor Artistic Director Sara Stewart Schumann’s successful seasons with the company. As the title implies, Turning Pointe celebrates the company’s past, while it steps into a brilliant future.
Single and Group tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021.
Tickets may be purchased online at madisonballet.org or by calling the Overture Center Box Office at (608) 258-4141. Your ticket purchase directly supports the artists and staff involved in this season’s productions.
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