Kravis Center to Celebrate Masters of Dance Throughout 2015-16 Season

The 2015-2016 season at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a nonstop series of performances by show biz legends and super-hot headliners from Broadway to Hollywood, from the TV screen to many of the world's hottest nightclubs and most impressive concert stages. In addition to legendary singers, actors, magicians and more, the Kravis Center is also presenting some of the world's most exciting and highly acclaimed dancers and dance companies.

November 7 at 8 pm (Saturday)

Ballet Austin

LIGHT / The Holocaust and Humanity Project

LIGHT / The Holocaust & Humanity Project explores the devastating outcomes of unlearned lessons revealed through the story of a Holocaust survivor. The internationally acclaimed dance work by Ballet Austin Artistic Director/Choreographer Stephen Mills, which debuted 10 years ago, brings heartbreaking beauty to the stage and a timely reminder that injustice to one is injustice to all. The full-length contemporary ballet is a multidisciplinary human rights project that also includes art, education and public dialogue. LIGHT seeks to promote discussion against bigotry, hate and bullying among all community groups.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $15

Presented by InSIGHT Through Education, Inc. in collaboration with the Kravis Center.

Beyond The Stage: Join us at 6:45 pm for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras in the Dreyfoos Hall lobby.

Sponsored by Dr. Barbara and Jerome Gordon, Honorable Ann and Donald Brown, The Karp Family

November 29 at 7:30 pm (Sunday)

MOMIX

Botanica

(PEAK)

MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists known for exceptional creativity and physical beauty. Artistic Director Moses Pendleton's Botanica not only follows seasonal rhythms but also the evolution of the world and the passing of a day. Flowers bloom, go to seed and die; vegetable, animal and mineral - all in human form ­- combine and metamorphose. Fabrics, costumes, projections and props, made by Michael Curry, create a landscape populated by the creations of Pendleton's whimsical, mythical imagination.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $15

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis

Beyond The Stage: Join us at 6:15 pm for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.

December 2-3 at 7:30 pm (Wednesday & Thursday)

RIOULT Dance NY

(PEAK)

Artistic Director Pascal Rioult, a former principal with the Martha Graham Dance Company, founded RIOULT Dance NY in 1994, and the organization quickly became known for its sensual, articulate and exquisite performances. A former track and field athlete in his native France, Rioult weaves athleticism and grace into his work. Wien, for example, turns the Viennese waltz's revered image of social refinement inside out, using it as a metaphor to expose decadence and moral disintegration. Six dancers create the illusion of an entire city, moving continuously in a clockwise path, portraying roles ranging from downtrodden victims to detached aristocrats. The modern dance company's signature style has been described as "unquestionably beautiful."

Marshal E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse

Tickets start at $34

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis

Beyond The Stage: Join us at 6:15 pm on December 2 for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.

January 1 at 8 pm (Friday)

NEW YEAR'S CONCERT 2016!

Salute to Vienna

Strauss Symphony of America

+ Alexander Steinitz, conductor (Vienna)

+ Rebecca Nelsen, soprano (Vienna)

+ Eduardo Aladrén, tenor (Madrid)

Featuring dancers from Vienna Imperial Ballet

& International Champion Ballroom Dancers

Celebrate with the ageless beauty of uplifting Viennese music at West Palm Beach's annual New Year's Concert. Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from operettas including Die Fledermaus and Merry Widow will be performed by hand-picked European singers and full orchestra. Beautifully costumed ballet and ballroom dancers will present romantic vignettes, whisking you off to a place of nostalgia and pleasure at the threshold of 2016. Fall in love with the Blue Danube Waltz for the first time or all over again. Make Salute to Vienna your New Year's tradition!

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $27

Sponsored by Margaretta Taylor

January 2 at 8 pm (Saturday)

Trinity Irish Dance Company

Founded in 1990 by Choreographer/Artistic Director Mark Howard, Trinity Irish Dance Company was the birthplace of progressive Irish dance, which opened new avenues of artistic expression leading to commercial productions such as Riverdance. Now Howard and his company are back with a revitalized collection of new and classic works making its world premiere this season. Trinity has been the subject of several celebrated PBS documentaries and specials, and the dazzling dancers also have appeared in numerous films by Disney, Dreamworks and more. Expect hard-driving percussive power, lightning-fast agility, aerial grace and awe-inspiring precision.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $15

Beyond The Stage: Join us at 6:45 pm for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.

January 14 at 8 pm (Thursday)

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia

Romeo and Juliet

Founded by former Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Maya Plisetskaya, the internationally regarded State Ballet Theatre of Russia - now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin - presents the most passionate romantic tragedy ever told. This breathtaking production, based on William Shakespeare's timeless tale of forbidden love and family power, features more than 50 of Russia's brightest ballet stars. "Full of enchantment!" - The New York Times

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25

Sponsored by Marjorie and Jack Levins/

Carl Marks Foundation, Inc.

Beyond The Stage: Join us at 6:45 pm for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.

January 22-23

+ Friday at 7:30 pm

+ Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

(PEAK)

The innovative and provocative Lula Washington Dance Theatre, created in 1980 by Washington and her husband, Erwin, is hailed for its explosive, high-energy appeal. Washington stumbled upon her passion after seeing the work of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and she applied to UCLA's dance program at age 22, where she initially was rejected as being too old. The tenacious young woman appealed to a dean, and after she earned her degree, she went on to perform in numerous TV shows and movies, such as Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand. Today, Washington's repertoire company reflects that same determined spirit as it showcases her risk-taking, experimental works as well as the creations of other African-American dance pioneers.

Marshal E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse

Tickets: $29

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis

Beyond The Stage: Join us on January 22 at 6:15 pm on December 2 for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.

February 2-3 at 7:30 pm (Tuesday & Wednesday)

Blaze: The International Dance Spectacular

(PEAK)

Blending booming nightclub vibes with Broadway production values, Blaze is a twisted, high-energy explosion of street and break dance featuring dancers who have performed with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Rihanna, Sean Paul and Mohombi. The worldwide-touring production, directed by renowned choreographer Anthony Van Laast, is fueling the meteoric rise of innovative, soul-pounding street dance after the success of TV shows such as America's Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance.

Marshal E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse

Tickets: $32

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis

Beyond The Stage: Join us on February 2 at 6:15 pm on December 2 for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.

March 12 at 8 pm (Saturday)

Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Ballet, celebrating its 60th season, is an internationally renowned company classically trained to the highest standards. Known as "America's Company of Firsts," the Joffrey expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company, audiences, and repertoire that includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary works. The Joffrey continues its educational outreach via the Joffrey Academy of Dance and Community Engagement programs.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $30

Sponsored by Alec and Miriam Flamm

Beyond The Stage: Join us at 6:45 pm for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.

How to Get Tickets:

Advance tickets for all of the upcoming dance performances at the Kravis Center are available for purchase at the Center's box office, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in downtown West Palm Beach; online through the Kravis Center's official website at kravis.org; or by phone at 561-832-7469 or 800-572-8471. For Group Sales, please call 561-651-4438 or 561-651-4304.



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