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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.
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.
Artistic Director Edwaard Liang’s ballets have been featured around the world. He introduces an entirely New Work as part of Director’s Choice with a ballet inspired by Max Richter’s recomposition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
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.