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This is a mixed-rep ballet. Mixed-rep ballets are several unrelated short ballets with intermissions, similar to a collection of short stories.
Stretch your imagination into the unknown as BalletMet artists move to their extremes in a World Premiere by Francesca Harper. A choreographer with international acclaim, Harper deconstructs movement with torque and inverted shapes into a style uniquely her own. Dedicated to creating empowering works and awareness, Harper’s choreography is an authentic experience to behold.
In an energetic display of brilliant technique and artistry, George Balanchine’s Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux will have you riveted to your seat. One of the most difficult passages of classical ballet, Balanchine’s duet is chock full of fast-paced dancing, sparkling pirouettes, and a stunning fly-through-the-air fish dive. A must-see ballet for even the novice ballet enthusiast!
Love affectionate and pure, Christopher Wheeldon’s excerpt from After the Rain will move you as emotionally as the dancers move passionately. Wheeldon’s choreography, with its sustained successive movement, reveals a melancholic expression keeping you enwrapped in this contemporary ballet from the first stroke of the piano keys.
A piece marked by precision and elegance, three sets of couples move in Benjamin Millepied’s Appassionata in a lively interpretation of the dynamic sonata by Beethoven. With choreography that takes an explosive step away from classical form, Millepied’s dance brilliantly matches the contrasts in the score. In a piece as rapturous for the ear as it is for the eye, BalletMet artists showcase high level technique at its finest.
Award-winning choreographer extraordinaire, Kyle Abraham enlightens the soul with a telling vision of what transpires when communities come together. Guided by the powerful abstract music from Ryan Lott, Abraham’s movement folds and unfolds like soft rippling waves of the ocean. Where swagger meets classicism, you will find Abraham’s signature style.
There are parking garages near the Ohio and the Capitol theatres, as well as limited metered street parking (most of which is free after 6 pm and on Sundays).
Ohio Statehouse Parking Garage
$5 during events
Enter from westbound Broad Street or Third Street.
Riffe Center Parking Garage
$5 during events
Enter from Front Street. Take the elevators to the third floor and proceed along the hall to the Davidson Theatre. (For the Box Office or Will Call, descend the escalators to the first floor.)
Downtown traffic can be heavy, so please plan ahead. We recommend arriving 20-30 minutes early to park, find your seat, explore the program and relax before the performance. Audience members who arrive late may not be seated until intermission.
This is our most-asked question, and the answer is: You probably won’t feel out of place no matter what you wear. If you want to wear jeans, go for it—we promise you won’t be alone. If you want to dress up, feel free. Many others do, too. We don’t see as much formal-wear in the theater as we once did, though it wouldn’t be unusual to see a tux or a gown at a performance. Basically, anything goes.
No, dancers express the story or meaning through the movement. In some story ballets, dancers will use pantomime (exaggerated movements) to help you understand what’s happening. If you see a ballet with pantomime, head to the lobby, where we’ll have more information and guidance. If you ever struggle to follow along, feel free to chat with a BalletMet staff member in the lobby who will happily answer any questions you have.
If you are wowed by something you just saw, please do applaud. At BalletMet, we love to hear clapping. It’s uplifting to those performing, as they can often feel your excitement and energy on stage. So applaud whenever you see fit! Note: Not every ballet company feels this way, so keep that in mind if you happen to be at another company’s performance.