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The Kansas City Ballet's 2014-2015 Calendar of Events Includes ALICE (IN WONDERLAND), THE NUTCRACKER and More

The Kansas City Ballet's 2014-2015 Calendar of Events Includes ALICE (IN WONDERLAND), THE NUTCRACKER and More

The Kansas City Ballet calendar for the 57th season will be filled with Kansas City premieres, the presentation of The Nutcracker at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and other exciting and diverse events at the Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. Single tickets for the 2014-15 season will be available to the public on Monday, August 18 at 9 a.m. Tickets for The Nutcracker will be available to the public on Monday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. Purchase tickets online at www.kcballet.orgor through the Kansas City Ballet ticket office 816.931.2232.

The 2014-2015 season begins with the Kansas City Premiere of Alice (in wonderland), choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce. Following the holiday classic The Nutcracker presented by Bank of America,New Moves will be presented in February, the March program will feature the stunning production of Giselle by Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney, and an electrifying Dances Daring (then and now) program withPREMIERES by choreographers Amy Seiwert and Edwaard Liang finishing out the 2014-2015 season in May.

Artistic Director Devon Carney said, "I wanted my first season to represent the broadest range of dance possible, one that included current, exciting full-length ballets, as well as an ever-popular classical work, among others. Our dancers have shown me they are ready for more challenging work and I am thrilled to show Kansas City audiences what our Company is capable of."

The Kansas City Symphony accompanies the entire 2014-2015 season, conducted by renowned Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau.

Visit www.kcballet.org for more information about Kansas City Ballet's 2014-2015 season andwww.kauffmancenter.org for a downloadable media kit about the Kauffman Center. High-resolution photos of the 2014-2015 season can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/67555847@N06/sets/

Kansas City Ballet

2014-2015 Season at a Glance

Alice (in wonderland)

October 10-19, 2014 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts | Music performed by Kansas City Symphony

Take an incredible, magical journey of misadventures when you tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice (in wonderland).

Alice (in wonderland) Choreography: Septime Webre

Music: Matthew Pierce

Fri., Oct. 10 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 11 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 12 2 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 18 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 19 2 p.m.

The Nutcracker

December 6-24, 2014 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts | Music performed by Kansas City Symphony


Kansas City's favorite holiday tradition continues with the presentation of Todd Bolender's delightful family classicThe Nutcracker. Presented by Bank of America.

The Nutcracker Choreography: Todd Bolender

Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Fri., Dec. 5 Nutcracker Ball at Union Station

Sat., Dec. 6 2 p.m. (*) & 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 7 1 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 12 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 13 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 14 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 18 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 19 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 20 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 21 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 22 7:30 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 23 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 24 1 p.m.

* Sugar Plum Fairy Children's Ball at Union Station

New Moves

February 6-14, 2015 | Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity

New Moves is a unique performance event designed to search out, develop and showcase new emerging choreographers both from within Kansas City Ballet and from the national dance scene.

Fri., Feb 6 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 7 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 13 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 14 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Giselle

March 13-22, 2015 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts | Music performed by Kansas City Symphony


This stunning production of Giselle from Artistic Director Devon Carney, choreographed to the enchanting music of Adolphe Adam, is a rare opportunity to enjoy one of ballet's true romantic classics.

Giselle Choreography: Devon Carney after Marius Petipa

Music: Adolphe Adam

Fri., Mar. 13 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 14 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 15 2 p.m.

Fri., Mar. 20 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 21 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 22 2 p.m.

Dances Daring (then and now)

May 8-17, 2015 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts | Music performed by
Kansas City Symphony

Presenting classics from Balanchine, plus two exciting Kansas City premieres, and a beloved work of Todd Bolender to celebrate his centennial.

The Four Temperaments Choreography: George Balanchine

Music: Paul Hindemith

Wunderland Choreography: Edwaard Liang

Music: Philip Glass
Kansas City Premiere Choreography: Amy Seiwert

Music: TBA

The Still Point: 3rd Movement Choreography: Todd Bolender

Music: Claude Debussy

Fri., May 8 7:30 p.m.

Sat., May 9 7:30 p.m.

Sun., May 10 2 p.m.

Fri., May 15 7:30 p.m.

Sat., May 16 7:30 p.m.

Sun., May 17 2 p.m.

MORE about the 2014-2015 Season

Alice (in wonderland)

October 10-19, 2014


I wanted to get wild, pretty wild. - Septime Webre, Artistic Director, Washington Ballet

Premiered in 2012 by Washington Ballet Alice (in wonderland) is a smorgasbord for the senses. Critics call it "big and glossy" and "crackling with energy and innovative movement." Propelled by Washington Ballet's Artistic Director Septime Webre's revolutionary choreography, Cirque du Soleil designer Liz Vandal's colorful costumes, and an all-new score by Matthew Pierce complete with musical sound effects and played by Kansas City Symphony, this full-length ballet is a charming interpretation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, with characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass.

The ballet is based on the real Alice, Alice Liddell, at home with her chaotic family and friend of the family, Lewis Carroll, an amateur photographer and storyteller. Real characters from Alice's life become characters in Carroll's marvelous story about a little girl's adventures in Wonderland. Alice's magical journey begins, of course, with her unforgettable journey down the rabbit hole. Alice's overbearing mother becomes the Queen of Hearts, her sisters become Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and Lewis Carroll himself becomes the Mad Hatter. Carroll's wit and love of puns are present as well with snap dragon flies, rocking horse flies and bread and butter flies. Alice is a polite well-mannered child who finds herself in a crazy world where the rules of social etiquette don't matter and time is irrelevant. She quickly learns how to adapt to this "curiouser and curiouser" world and eventually becomes the heroine that brings down the Queen of Hearts and her house of cards.

The Nutcracker

December 6-24, 2014

Kansas City Ballet will present Kansas City's favorite holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

After an enormously successful run of 33 years and over 600 performances, this season's presentation of Todd Bolender's The Nutcracker, presented by Bank of America, marks the final season for this version of the revered production. Premiering in 2015 will be a traditional yet reimagined new production choreographed by Artistic Director Devon Carney.

"After more than three decades of this glorious holiday presentation, we came to believe it was time to create an entirely new production," Carney said. "Today we have a new generation of dancers who are ready for the next generation of dance. This last season of Mr. Bolender's Nutcracker will be a very special tribute to Todd with joyous celebration from start to finish."

The Nutcracker, featuring the music of Peter I. Tchaikovsky and choreography of Todd Bolender, returns for 18 final public performances and three matinees for schools. This two-act ballet continues to delight audiences with its magnificent sets, costumes and special effects. Three casts of Kansas City Ballet dancers, plus more than 175 local youngsters ages 7 to 17 selected from Kansas CityBallet School, will perform E.T.A. Hoffman's story. The Nutcracker is presented by Bank of America.

New Moves

Feb. 6-14, 2015

New Moves is a unique performance event designed to search out, develop and showcase new emerging choreographers both from within Kansas City Ballet and from the national dance scene.

"New Moves is a chance for audiences to see the next big choreographer before they are considered the next big choreographer," Carney said. "It is a very up close and visceral experience for audience and dancer alike, with all performances held in the Bolender Center's intimate Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater. Our Kansas City Ballet artists and emerging choreographers, together reaching the very edge, discover bold new ways of expression."


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