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  • Video Gallery | Los Angeles Ballet

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

  • Colleen Neary to Stage Balanchine at the Paris Opera Ballet | Los Angeles Ballet

    Colleen Neary to Stage Balanchine at the Paris Opera Ballet April 30, 2014 LAB Co-Artistic Director Colleen Neary will stage Le Palais de Cristal, which was choreographed by George Balanchine for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1947. The name was changed to Symphony in C when Balanchine revived it for New York City Ballet. Colleen Neary is a Répétiteur for The George Balanchine Trust. Company News from the Staff at LAB 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

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

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

  • 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

  • Los Angeles Ballet to Debut Giselle | Los Angeles Ballet

    Los Angeles Ballet to Debut Giselle April 19, 2011 Season 5 Culminates with a Gala Celebrating the Achievements of Five Years April 19, 2011 – Los Angeles Ballet [LAB] Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are pleased to present Giselle , the timeless story of a young peasant girl who, betrayed by her lover, dies of a broken heart. The Company continues to build a repertoire that underscores the creative leadership of its artistic directors, presenting timeless classics as well as innovative choreography from today’s contemporary artists. The full-length premiere of Giselle , with choreography by Artistic Director Thordal Christensen (after Coralli, Perrot and Petipa), is no exception. First premiered in 1841, Giselle is one of the most beloved romantic ballets of all time, and the title role has given the world its greatest ballerinas. Giselle tells the tragic tale of a maiden who falls in love with Albrecht, a nobleman so enchanted by Giselle’s innocence and purity that he recklessly leads her to believe that he is a peasant. When his betrothed Bathilde reveals his true identity, Giselle dies of a broken heart. Albrecht visits Giselle’s grave, overcome with remorse. Giselle rises to protect him from the Wilis, vengeful female spirits that haunt the forest. Giselle’s forgiving, profound love saves Albrecht from certain death. The Season 5 Gala Celebration will take place Saturday, May 28th at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, following the 6:00 pm performance of Giselle. The event will hosted by LAB Board members/Gala Co-Chairs Lori Milken, Ghada Irani, and Jeanette Trepp. Designed by Billy Butchkavitz and catered by Wolfgang Puck, guests will be transported to an enchanting ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ setting. ​ LAB Public Relations DOWNLOAD PDF 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Los Angeles Times Includes LAB in it’s Best of 2007 Listings | Los Angeles Ballet

    Los Angeles Times Includes LAB in it’s Best of 2007 Listings December 1, 2007 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. Los Angeles Times ​ READ ARTICLE AT SOURCE 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Fall Program Added to Annual Season | Los Angeles Ballet

    Fall Program Added to Annual Season May 1, 2014 Los Angeles Ballet is proud to announce the addition of a fall program beginning in the 2014/2015 Season, for a total of four programs per season, an expansion from three productions in previous years. The first fall production will be Swan Lake, choreographed by LAB Artistic Directors Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen. Company News from the Staff at LAB 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Los Angeles Ballet meets “The Evangelist” | Los Angeles Ballet

    Los Angeles Ballet meets “The Evangelist” April 1, 2008 Los Angeles Ballet artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary watch dancers rehearse "The Evangelist," which the company will be begin performing later this month. The 2-year-old company readies a program that includes a piece first danced by its artistic directors and inspired by the life of Aimee Semple McPherson. In a warehouse space on a no-frills Westside industrial street, Thordal Christensen, co-artistic director of Los Angeles Ballet, points to a rickety little table. "Welcome to my office," he jokes. "We've been in here four months, so it's still a work in progress." The unfinished but spacious digs are another step forward for 2-year-old LAB, the city's latest hope for home-based premier classical ballet. Half of the interior is a jumble of racks of costumes, stacks of Marley flooring -- a special sprung surface carted to venues for the dancers' use -- and utilitarian furniture. But in the expansive, mirrored studio space on the other side of a partition, with loading dock doors rolled open for ventilation, several of the company's 26 young dancers are warming up in motley practice gear. Christensen and Colleen Neary, his wife and fellow artistic director, are about to revisit a work that was choreographed for them 16 years ago: "The Evangelist," a spiritual duet inspired by 1920s charismatic preacher Aimee Semple McPherson, set to the music of Charles Ives. It will tour to four venues in April and May, beginning Friday and Saturday at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, as part of a varied program that includes "he said/she said," a world premiere by Jennifer Backhaus of the Orange County-based Backhausdance; George Balanchine's "Allegro Brillante"; and August Bournonville's "Napoli/Pas de Six" and "Tarantella." Balanchine's "Who Cares?" will replace the Bournonville pieces for the company's Irvine Barclay Theatre performance May 17. Appearing with the company as guest artist will be Orlando Ballet’s Eddy Tovar. 'The Evangelist' Created by choreographer Lar Lubovitch when Christensen and Neary were principals with Pacific Northwest Ballet, "The Evangelist" was the critical highlight of Lubovitch's ballet "American Gesture" at its 1992 Kennedy Center premiere. A meld of classical form and Grahamesque force, it depicts a male penitent's struggle toward redemption, guided by a powerful female figure. "It's always nice to work on something that you've done yourself," Christensen says. "At the same time, you have to make sure it becomes the dancer's piece, because it's really about getting them to find . . . " "Themselves in it," interjects Neary. "And the spirit of the piece," Christensen finishes. For the next 30 minutes, the couple, dancer-fit themselves, take to the floor by turns to demonstrate a lift or position, coaching the pairs who will alternate in the work (and wear Christensen and Neary's original costumes): Peter Snow and Melissa Barak, and Andrew Brader and Kelly Ann Sloan. The intensity of emotion the dancers must express in arching bends and high lifts, extreme gestures and moments of muscular rigidity is clear when they take a break, panting and dripping with sweat. Christensen and Neary next take five couples through Balanchine's demanding and lyrical "Allegro Brillante," set to Tchaikovsky, correcting a step here, a line there. "We call it a dancer's ballet," Neary says later, "because dancers love to do it. It's a full-length ballet in 17 minutes -- there are that many steps." "Is it fun, or is it death?" Neary asks the breathless company when rehearsal ends. The consensus: "It's fun." Taking the next step With their international careers as dancers behind them, Christensen, former artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet, and Neary, a New York City Ballet alumna and authoritative Balanchine choreographer, say they don't mind being out of the spotlight. "When you're onstage, it's such an incredible feeling, but being offstage and seeing somebody else do what you're giving them is even more fulfilling," Neary says. Dancing is a short-lived career, Christensen adds, "and we're fortunate to have the opportunity to give it to the next generation." New work is key to the growth of Los Angeles Ballet, he says. The company launched with a familiar repertoire that included Balanchine masterworks and its own "Nutcracker" in order to "excite the audience and create a company style. Now it's important to bring in outside choreographers to show the dancers' range." "In the end, that's going to define who we are," says Neary, noting that the piece commissioned from Backhaus, a Lester Horton Award-winning, cutting-edge contemporary choreographer, is "extremely different" from anything the dancers have done. In the work, created for the full ensemble, "there's more gravity, more weight, more things that are off-balance," Backhaus explains later by phone. "I was toying with the idea of making the dance on pointe, but I wanted to challenge their dynamic sensibility a bit. They're a great group of dancers, and they've been really open to trying new things." Backhaus is enthusiastic about LAB's chances for success in a city where others on the same mission have failed. "They're on the right track," she says. "I think this is the best shot we've had." lynne.heffley@latimes.com Los Angeles Times by Lynne Heffley DOWNLOAD ARTICLE (PDF) 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Brandon Lussier – Executive Director | Los Angeles Ballet

    2023/2024 Season > Staff > Executive Director Brandon Lussier Brandon Lussier has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the non-profit sector. He has served as the Executive Director of Los Angeles Ballet since 2019. His prior experience includes directing the multi-million dollar International Education department at Trinity College, CT, and serving as Director of Development for the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. A Fulbright Scholar, National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, and holder of a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, he brings to LAB not only extensive experience in organizational leadership and management, but also a strong belief that the arts are critical to the human experience. Next Staff Member Previous Staff Member

  • Upcoming ACTD Events | LAB 2023

    Upcoming Events Sun, Mar 17 Los Angeles Ballet Center ACTD Sunday, March 17 Mar 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Los Angeles Ballet Center, 11755 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA A Chance to Dance offers free ballet, dance and fitness classes to dancers of all ages and skill levels. Join the dancers of Los Angeles Ballet for a day of dance! Share RSVP Sun, Apr 14 Los Angeles Ballet Center ACTD Sunday, April 14 Apr 14, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Los Angeles Ballet Center, 11755 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA A Chance to Dance offers free ballet, dance and fitness classes to dancers of all ages and skill levels. Join the dancers of Los Angeles Ballet for a day of dance! Share RSVP Sun, May 19 Los Angeles Ballet Center ACTD Sunday, May 19 May 19, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Los Angeles Ballet Center, 11755 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA A Chance to Dance offers free ballet, dance and fitness classes to dancers of all ages and skill levels. Join the dancers of Los Angeles Ballet for a day of dance! Share RSVP Sun, Jun 09 Los Angeles Ballet Center ACTD Sunday, June 9 Jun 09, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Los Angeles Ballet Center, 11755 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA A Chance to Dance offers free ballet, dance and fitness classes to dancers of all ages and skill levels. Join the dancers of Los Angeles Ballet for a day of dance! Share RSVP

  • L.A. Ballet's Balanchine Festival follows in master's steps | Los Angeles Ballet

    L.A. Ballet's Balanchine Festival follows in master's steps March 8, 2013 March 8, 2013 | By Susan Josephs Colleen Neary will never forget the day when George Balanchine articulated the blueprint for her life’s work. She was in her early 20s, then a respected New York City Ballet dancer. “He put me in to teach company class,” she says. “He said to me, ‘This is what you will do in the future.’ I said I wanted to dance, but he said, ‘You won’t dance forever. You will teach dancers my ballets.” Fast forward to 2013, to a rehearsal of Balanchine’s 1941 “Concerto Barocco” at the Westside headquarters of Los Angeles Ballet. Neary, now 60 and the company’s co-founder, surveys her dancers with microscopic scrutiny as they attempt to master the rigorously precise footwork, high-energy unison phrases and tricky group formations of the 18-minute dance. Both critical and encouraging, she invokes the words of her mentor during the section where three female dancers must weave around the sole male dancer in the work, interlocking hands and arms to create sculptural yet quickly dissolving tableaux. “Balanchine always used to say, ‘You should be walking around like Grecian goddesses,’ “ she tells the female dancers. “You’re missing this thing. In all his ballets, there’s this thing that’s more than the steps. It’s about feeling beautiful within yourself, and I can’t teach you that.” Neary, however, can remember how the famous choreographer known as Mr. B made his dancers feel beautiful, and it’s this firsthand experience that serves as the guiding force behind her company’s Balanchine Festival 2013. “Colleen has this great gift for challenging dancers to embody the Balanchine aesthetic,” says Ellen Sorrin, director of the George Balanchine Trust, which authorizes the staging of Balanchine’s ballets worldwide. “It’s an enormous responsibility to do what she’s doing, to disseminate Balanchine’s works as fully and wonderfully as possible.” Los Angeles Times by Susan Josephs DOWNLOAD PDF 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Venues | Los Angeles Ballet

    2023/2024 Season > Ticket Information > Venues Venues Los Angeles Ballet is pleased to offer a choice of theaters throughout Los Angeles County. It is our mission and commitment to reach out to all communities. Los Angeles Ballet is deeply committed to the well-being and safety of our patrons. In-person Ticket Sales Group Sales Venues Accessibility Gift Certificates Tax-Deductibe Donations Terms & Conditions of Sales In-house Policies Privacy Policy 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028 Website COVID-19 Information Dolby Theatre Map It View Seating Map 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA Website COVID-19 Information Pasadena Civic Auditorium Map It View Seating Map 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Redondo Beach, CA 90278 Website COVID-19 Information Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Map It View Seating Map 340 Royce Drive Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA Website COVID-19 Information Royce Hall, UCLA Map It View Seating Map 1310 11th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401 Website COVID-19 Information The Broad Stage Map It View Seating Map

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