Friday, November 3 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 4 at 8:00pm
Sunday, November 5 at 2:30pm
Saint Louis Ballet opens its 2017-2018 season with Giselle, a hauntingly beautiful ballet that’s in the repertoire of all the world’s top ballet companies. Re-staged by Saint Louis Ballet’s Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi, it is considered to be the greatest Romantic ballet of all time.
Giselle is a peasant girl who, upon discovering her lover is betrothed to another, dies of a broken heart. But a group of supernatural women, the “Wilis”, summon her from the grave and target her lover for death. Giselle’s great love frees him from their grasp.
Giselle debuted by the Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique in Paris in 1841, with Italian ballerina Carlotta Grisi as Giselle. A “must-see” for the ballet lover, Giselle was staged across Europe, Russia, and the United States. The traditional choreography derives from revivals staged by Marius Petipa during the late 19th/early 20th centuries for St. Petersburg’s Imperial Ballet.
Librettists Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier were inspired by a prose passage about the Wilis in De l'Allemagne, by Heinrich Heine, and from the poem "Fantômes" in Les Orientales by Victor Hugo. Adolphe Adam composed the music; Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot created the original choreography.
Good as Gold
November 19, 2017 at Touhill's Lee Theater
The Saint Louis Ballet’s new “GO” series kicks off the first in its “GO!” series with work by choreographers including Tom Gold, whom the Wall Street Journal called “a force for good in the ballet world.” Gold, a longtime member of New York City Ballet, where he danced numerous principal roles, is in demand internationally as an instructor, choreographer and guest artist.
The new series was created to bring the dancers up close– literally – to the audience, with work that has been created for smaller casts on a smaller stage. The intimacy of the Lee Theatre will afford ballet enthusiasts a new experience in an informal setting, and an opportunity to mingle with choreographers and dancers following the performance.
December 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30pm
and 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23 at 2:30pm
Gen Horiuchi’s The Nutcracker has become a Saint Louis favorite with dazzling costumes, sets and special effects. The large professional cast of company dancers and special guests swells with students from the school of the Saint Louis Ballet in children’s roles. The holiday favorite is performed to the traditional Tchaikovsky score.
The Nutcracker takes place on Christmas Eve, when a little girl falls asleep after a party at her home and dreams herself into a fantastic world where toys become larger than life, battles ensue, and her beloved Nutcracker comes to life to defend her from the Mouse King. A holiday treat for the whole family!
Saturday, February 10 at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 11 at 2:30pm
Love Stories is a series of shorter ballets by a wide range of choreographers. Timed shortly before Valentine’s day, Love Stories is full of variety and showcases the skills of the company dancers with playful and contemporary choreography appropriate for a romantic afternoon or evening at the theatre. Dancing in evening dresses, tuxedos and to hummable tunes, the talented dancers in Love Stories appeal to the ballet enthusiast as well as to the first-timer.
Friday, April 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 14 at 2:30 and 7:30pm
Sunday, April 15 at 2:30pm
Cinderella, slotted for four performances April 13-15, is a ballet composed by Sergei Prokofiev and first performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1945. Known for its jubilant music, comic roles and lush scenery, it has inspired many choreographers and spawned many productions throughout the world. Choreographed by Gen Horiuchi, Cinderella is one of the most popular ballets in Saint Louis Ballet’s repertoire.
At the Grandel Theater
March 2 at 8pm
March 3 at 8pm
Saint Louis Ballet’s second installment in its “GO” series will take place March 2 and 3 at Grandel Theatre at Grand Center. Tickets will be available as an “add on” to the subscription series or through Metrotix beginning September 1. Repertoire for the Grandel performances has not yet been announced. This is the ballet’s debut performance at this venue.