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  • Sarah-Ashley Chicola – Company Dancer | Los Angeles Ballet

    2023/2024 Season > Dancers > Sarah-Ashley Chicola Hometown ​ Seasons with LAB 2023/2024 Bio Available Shortly MEET THE DANCERS LOS ANGELES BALLET Repertoire Learn about the comprehensive and varied seasons of Los Angeles Ballet since its debut in 2006. Repertoire includes stunning classical ballets, exceptional stagings of Balanchine repertory, and relevant works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. VIEW REPERTOIRE LOS ANGELES BALLET 2023/2024 Season This season includes exciting works by master choreographers Justin Peck, Hans van Manen, Yuri Possokhov and George Balanchine, and another world premiere by LAB Artistic Director, Melissa Barak. Plus, LA's holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Subscriptions and Single Tickets on Sale Now! DOWNLOAD SEASON BROCHURE

  • 2016/2017 Photo Gallery | The Los Angeles Ballet

    2016/2017 Photo Gallery Modernist The Nutcracker Balanchine 2023/2024 Season > Photo Gallery > 2016/2017

  • Dancing into Spring with Three Glorious Balanchine Pieces | Los Angeles Ballet

    Dancing into Spring with Three Glorious Balanchine Pieces January 12, 2010 See the Music, Hear the Dance January 12, 2010 -- Los Angeles Ballet [LAB] Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are pleased to present three stunning works by George Balanchine this spring. LAB’s spring program See the Music, Hear the Dance from George Balanchine includes the Los Angeles Ballet premieres of Kammermusik No. 2 and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 , and the return of Serenade . Kammermusik No. 2 is a conceptual work of vast liveliness, momentum and accuracy. The complex eight-man ensemble dances to the composition of the orchestra, while two couples move to the passages of the piano in the counterpart. Balanchine created a role for LAB’s Artistic Director, Colleen Neary in the original cast of Kammermusik No. 2. Principal casting includes Melissa Barak, Grace McLoughlin, Andrew Brader and Drew Grant. Another poignant and dramatic Balanchine piece Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 is an existing tribute to Petipa, 'the father of classical ballet,” as well as to Tchaikovsky, Balanchine’s “greatest composer." This piece transmits the strength and splendor of majestic St. Petersburg, and exhibits the classical style and romanticism of Balanchine's early Russian training. Monica Pelfrey and Zheng Hua Li are the principal cast. Serenade is Balanchine’s first original ballet created in America. Originally intended as a stage technique lesson, Balanchine incorporated unanticipated rehearsal events into the work. This beloved ballet articulates the abundant and mystifying score of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C. Principal casting for Serenade will be varied. ​ LAB Public Relations DOWNLOAD PDF 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Commentary - Los Angeles Ballet on upswing in its fifth year | Los Angeles Ballet

    Commentary - Los Angeles Ballet on upswing in its fifth year December 5, 2010 Giselle’s character is straightforward, but that of Prince Albrecht is ambiguous. Is he merely dallying, really in love, torn between court and country? Unfortunately, Christopher Revels gave no clear take on the prince’s motives, although his repentance and sense of loss at the end looked genuine. Revels danced with princely bearing, partnered with consideration, and executed his second act marathon challenges with strength, though he looked more on the edge of real rather than dramatic exhaustion. Los Angeles Times by Lewis Segal 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • La Sylphide plus George Balanchine’s Serenade | Los Angeles Ballet

    La Sylphide plus George Balanchine’s Serenade May 1, 2014 Performances to include: The full-length romantic story ballet La Sylphide, choreographed by Thordal Christensen after August Bournonville George Balanchine’s Serenade Los Angeles Ballet co-artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are excited to be reviving their production of La Sylphide, choreographed by Christensen after the original 19th century ballet by Danish choreographer August Bournonville. Having debuted La Sylphide in 2009, this will be the second time Los Angeles Ballet has brought the production to Los Angeles audiences. “Los Angeles Ballet’s performances in 2009 were exemplary, among the finest achievements in the company’s history,” said Lewis Segal in his recent LA Times article, ‘Faces to Watch 2014.’ Continuing LAB’s mission to offer world-class professional ballet to greater LA, the program will be performed at four of LAB’s home venues: UCLA’s Royce Hall, The Alex Theatre in Glendale, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, and Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. Los Angeles Ballet is also excited to announce that it will be touring out of California for the first time, presenting La Sylphide and Serenade to Seattle, Washington audiences June 27, 2014, at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Beginning May 31st, with performances through June 21st in Los Angeles, the two-act story ballet La Sylphide will be paired with George Balanchine’s romantic Serenade. La Sylphide, recounts the tale of a Scotsman enamored of an entrancing woodland sprite (a sylph) and the poisonous interference of a witch, with tragic results. Serenade is unquestionably one of Balanchine’s most popular and beloved ballets. Set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, the ballet evokes a moonlit world of romantic attraction and betrayal. Colleen Neary says, “La Sylphide and Serenade are two of the most romantic and, some say, most tragic ballets choreographed – the former with a story and the other without a literal one. There is a deep spiritualism to both.” About Los Angeles Ballet Founded in 2004 by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, and Executive Director Julie Whittaker, Los Angeles Ballet is known for its superb stagings of the Balanchine repertory, stylistically meticulous classical ballets, and its commitment to new works. LAB has become recognized as a world-class ballet company, in eight seasons presenting 24 productions encompassing 50 works, including 15 commissioned world premieres. Los Angeles Ballet ‘tours’ throughout LA County, regularly appearing at four venues. This past summer the Los Angeles Music Center presented Los Angeles Ballet at Grand Park, with more than 3,000 attending the outdoor performance. Since its inception in 2006, LAB’s Power of Performance (POP!) program has provided thousands of free tickets to underserved or disadvantaged children, seniors, veterans, and their families. LAB's A Chance to Dance Community Days outreach program was launched in October 2012. About Thordal Christensen Among Thordal Christensen’s many credentials are an impressive performing career, successful leadership of one of the world's major ballet companies, critically applauded original choreography, and a proven commitment to dance education. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Christensen received his ballet training at The Royal Danish Ballet School and at the School of American Ballet in New York City before a performance career that included the Royal Danish Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Christensen then returned to Denmark where he was Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet. This blend of Bournonville and Balanchine tradition is one of the defining themes of his career, and has shaped the unique artistic vision that Christensen, along with his wife Colleen Neary, bring to Los Angeles Ballet. In 2002, he was made Knight of the Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. About Colleen Neary Colleen Neary brings to Los Angeles Ballet the benefits of her vast experience as one of George Balanchine's quintessential ballerinas. In her experience as a dancer, teacher, and ballet mistress, she also worked closely with other luminaries of 20th century dance, including Rudolf Nureyev, Maurice Béjart, and Jiří Kylián. Born in Miami, Florida and trained at The School of American Ballet, Neary danced in New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine, then for Maurice Béjart's Ballet du XXième Siecle, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Neary was personally selected by Balanchine to teach his choreography to major companies all over the world as a repetiteur for The George Balanchine Trust. ​ LAB Public Relations DOWNLOAD PDF 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Repertoire | Los Angeles Ballet

    REPERTOIRE 2023/2024 Season > Repertoire > Agon Balanchine / Stravinsky Allegro Brillante Balanchine / Tchaikovsky An American Camelot* Backhaus / Basie, Fitzgerald, Kitt, Martin Apollo Balanchine / Stravinsky Beneath One's Dignity* Tayeh / Sigurðsson Be Still* Tookey / Banks and Johannsson Bloom Lopez Ochoa / Glass Cipher* Stowell / Agruss colony* McNamee / Clyne Concerto Barocco Balanchine / Bach Divertimento No. 15 Balanchine / Mozart Don Quixote Christensen and Neary after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorky /Minkus Duets in the act of...* Tayeh / ArnaldsFool's Paradise Wheeldon / Talbot Giselle Christensen and Neary after Coralli, Perrot, Petipa/Adam Ghosts Wheeldon / Winger Kammermusik No. 2 Balanchine / Hindemith Lady of the Camellias Caniparoli/Chopin La Sonnambula Balanchine / Rieti after Bellini La Sylphide Bournonville / Løvenskjold La Valse Balanchine / Ravel Les Chambres des Jacques Barton / Vigneault, Vivaldi, Les Yeux Noirs, The Cracow Klezmer Band Lickety Split Cerrudo / Banhart Lost In Transition* Barak / Meyer Memoryhouse Barak/Richter Morphoses Wheeldon/Ligeti My Greatest Fear* Tayeh / Richter and Pärt Napoli Bournonville / Helsted, Paulli Pacopepeluto Cerrudo / Pärt, Martin, Scalissi Pas de Six Bournonville / Helsted, Paulli Prodigal Son Balanchine / Prokofiev Raymonda Variations Balanchine / Glazounov Reflect. Affect. Carry On...* Wall / Queen, U2, Sigur Ros Return to a Strange Land Kylián / Janácek Romeo and Juliet Sir Frederick Ashton / Prokofiev Rubies Balanchine / Stravinsky Sechs Tänze Kylián / Mozart Second to Last Cerrudo / Pärt Serenade Balanchine / Tchaikovsky she said / he said* Backhaus / Muhly Sirens* Walsh / Rivera Jr. Stars and Stripes Balanchine / Kay after Sousa Stravinsky Violin Concerto Balanchine / Stravinsky Swan Lake Christensen and Neary after Petipa & Ivanov / Tchaikovsky Tarantella Balanchine / Gottschalk Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux Balanchine / Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 Balanchine / Tchaikovsky the back and forth* Tayeh / Bjork, Piazzolla, Paris Gotan Trio The Evangelist Lubovitch / Ives The Four Temperaments Balanchine / Hindemith The Moor's Pavane Limón / Purcell arr. by Sadoff The Nutcracker Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty Christensen and Neary after Petipa / Tchaikovsky This is you* Lou / Scheele, van der Loo Transmutation* Walsh / Rivera Jr. Untouched Barton / Kong Kie, Macdonald, Shurbin Western Symphony Balanchine / American Songs Orchestrated by Kay Who Cares? Balanchine / Gershwin Wink* Moore / Cirque Eloize ​ *LAB Commissioned Work | World Premiere The performances of Balanchine® Ballets are presented by arrangement with The Balanchine Trust and are produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® service standards established and provided by the Trust. LAB Repertoire LOS ANGELES BALLET Repertoire Learn about the comprehensive and varied seasons of Los Angeles Ballet since its debut in 2006. Repertoire includes stunning classical ballets, exceptional stagings of Balanchine repertory, and relevant works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. VIEW REPERTOIRE ABOUT Los Angeles Ballet Founded in 2004 by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, and Executive Director Emerita Julie Whittaker, Los Angeles Ballet is known for its superb stagings of the Balanchine repertory, stylistically meticulous classical ballets, and its commitment to new works. LAB has become recognized as a world-class ballet company. LEARN MORE

  • Series F Subscription | 2023/2024 Season | Los Angeles Ballet

    2023/2024 Season > Subscribe > Series F Need Assistance? tickets@losangelesballet.org / (310) 998-7782 Login Series F Subscription

  • LA Ballet Presents La Sylphide | Los Angeles Ballet

    LA Ballet Presents La Sylphide June 3, 2009 Try summing up the themes of August Bournonville’s romantic 1836 ballet, “La Sylphide.” You might get a list something like this: Dreams, illusions, ideals versus reality and worse — irrational, implacable evil. No wonder the ballet survives, not only to entertain but to trouble, even deeply disturb. Los Angeles Ballet, founded in 2006, marked its latest stage of artistic growth by mounting a handsome production of “La Sylphide” Saturday at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, with period sets and costumes borrowed from the Houston Ballet. (Performances continue over the next two weekends at other venues.) (Freud Playhouse, UCLA, May 23 and 24, and at the Alex Theater in Glendale, May 30.) The story is simple. James, a Scottish highlander, dreams of a magical, otherworldly creature, the Sylph, on the very day of his wedding to his beloved Effie. Suddenly incarnate, the Sylph lures James away from the wedding and into the forest. There, she inexplicably appears and disappears at will, always managing to stay just out of his grasp. James and the Sylph soon meet their destruction, however. James has deeply though mindlessly offended the witch Madge earlier during the wedding day. Now, seeking to bring his ideal Sylph into his arms, he drapes a veil he doesn’t know has been poisoned by Madge over the Sylph’s shoulders and winds it around her arms. The Sylph immediately loses her wings, comes to earth and quickly dies. James is stunned and collapses in grief. As danced Saturday by Eddy Tovar, a permanent LAB guest from Orlando Ballet, James was a bewildered dreamer, torn between the Sylph and Effie. He was also impulsive, flaring into outraged anger upon seeing Madge warming herself by the fire. A handsome, compact dancer, Tovar had the strength and style to execute Bournonville’s demanding foot beats with speed and clarity. Corina Gill was the poised, ethereal Sylph, balancing lightly and cleanly in high extensions. Her most arresting moments, however, came in her death scene, where she seemed to lose the power of sight as well as of flight. The other plum role, of course, is the evil Madge. She is first discovered cowering by James’ fire but is last seen towering triumphantly above his body. Why did she wreck such evil, so out of proportion to the original offense? Her answer is a drumming of her fingers on her chest. “I,” “I,” “I,” she gestures, because James offended her. The ballet ends with a terrible image. Madge pulls the fallen James up by the hair to see his beloved but dead Sylph float up into the heavens. With insouciant flicks of her wrists, Madge then dismisses James’ lifeless form. All in a day’s work, she seems to say, and easy work at that. Final curtain. Co-artistic director Colleen Neary, a former New York City Ballet principal, made a formidable Madge, only gradually revealing her malevolent powers. It was easy to laugh at her mumbo-jumbo antics with her four witch friends around the black cauldron at the start of Act 2. But nobody was laughing at the end of the ballet. In other roles, Grace McLoughlin danced Effie with sweet innocence. James Li was Gurn, James’ best friend, a naïf who winds up marrying Effie after James’ disappearance. (Peter Snow will take over the role in two of the three remaining performances.) Andrew Brader and Drew Grant were the friends. The corps, including the children, danced strongly. Melissa Barak, the First Sylph, gave notice of incipient major Sylph duties. The ballet, staged by co-artistic director Thordal Christensen, a former principal with the Royal Danish Ballet, was danced to pre-recorded music. CultureSpotLA by Penny Orloff DOWNLOAD PDF 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Marcos Ramirez – Company Dancer | Los Angeles Ballet

    2023/2024 Season > Dancers > Marcos Ramirez Hometown Trinidad, Cuba Seasons with LAB 2021/2022 2022/2023, 2023/2024 Marcos joined the National Ballet of Cuba at the age of 17. He joined LAB in 2020 and has performed the roles of Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, The Cavalier Prince in The Nutcracker , Gustave in Lady of the Camellias , and other leading roles in contemporary pieces such as Ghosts by Christopher Wheeldon and Bloom by Anabel Lopez Ochoa. He has also performed in international Galas in Italy, Cuba, and the United States. Marcos was awarded 1st and 2nd place in international competitions in Cuba and 1st place in YAGP Philadelphia. MEET THE DANCERS LOS ANGELES BALLET Repertoire Learn about the comprehensive and varied seasons of Los Angeles Ballet since its debut in 2006. Repertoire includes stunning classical ballets, exceptional stagings of Balanchine repertory, and relevant works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. VIEW REPERTOIRE LOS ANGELES BALLET 2023/2024 Season This season includes exciting works by master choreographers Justin Peck, Hans van Manen, Yuri Possokhov and George Balanchine, and another world premiere by LAB Artistic Director, Melissa Barak. Plus, LA's holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Subscriptions and Single Tickets on Sale Now! DOWNLOAD SEASON BROCHURE

  • Cleo Taneja – Company Dancer | Los Angeles Ballet

    2023/2024 Season > Dancers > Cleo Taneja Hometown Granada Hills, California Seasons with LAB 2018/2019, 2019/2020, 2021/2022, 2022/2023, 2023/2024 Bio Available Shortly MEET THE DANCERS LOS ANGELES BALLET Repertoire Learn about the comprehensive and varied seasons of Los Angeles Ballet since its debut in 2006. Repertoire includes stunning classical ballets, exceptional stagings of Balanchine repertory, and relevant works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. VIEW REPERTOIRE LOS ANGELES BALLET 2023/2024 Season This season includes exciting works by master choreographers Justin Peck, Hans van Manen, Yuri Possokhov and George Balanchine, and another world premiere by LAB Artistic Director, Melissa Barak. Plus, LA's holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Subscriptions and Single Tickets on Sale Now! DOWNLOAD SEASON BROCHURE

  • The Nutcracker 2019 | Los Angeles Ballet

    2023/2024 Season > Video Gallery > The Nutcracker 2019 Choreography by Christensen/Neary, Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Previous Video Next Videos

  • Sech Tanze 2015

    2 2023/2024 Season > Photo Gallery > 2014/2015 Sech Tanze 2015 Julie Cinquemani & Christopher McDaniel Julie Cinquemani & Britta Lazenga with Christopher McDaniel and Zachary Guthier Britta Lazenga & Zachary Guthier LAB Ensemble Julie Cinquemani & Christopher McDaniel Julie Cinquemani & Britta Lazenga with Christopher McDaniel and Zachary Guthier Britta Lazenga & Zachary Guthier LAB Ensemble Julie Cinquemani & Christopher McDaniel Julie Cinquemani & Britta Lazenga with Christopher McDaniel and Zachary Guthier Britta Lazenga & Zachary Guthier LAB Ensemble Julie Cinquemani & Christopher McDaniel Julie Cinquemani & Britta Lazenga with Christopher McDaniel and Zachary Guthier Britta Lazenga & Zachary Guthier LAB Ensemble Julie Cinquemani & Christopher McDaniel Julie Cinquemani & Britta Lazenga with Christopher McDaniel and Zachary Guthier Britta Lazenga & Zachary Guthier LAB Ensemble Julie Cinquemani & Christopher McDaniel Julie Cinquemani & Britta Lazenga with Christopher McDaniel and Zachary Guthier Britta Lazenga & Zachary Guthier LAB Ensemble Julie Cinquemani & Christopher McDaniel Julie Cinquemani & Britta Lazenga with Christopher McDaniel and Zachary Guthier Britta Lazenga & Zachary Guthier LAB Ensemble Julie Cinquemani & Christopher McDaniel Julie Cinquemani & Britta Lazenga with Christopher McDaniel and Zachary Guthier Britta Lazenga & Zachary Guthier LAB Ensemble Kylián / Mozart Previous Gallery Next Gallery All photos by Reed Hutchinson Click on image for a fullscreen presentation.

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