The Los Angeles Ballet will return to the stage for in-person performances in its 2021-22 season.
After the ballet’s 15th season was canceled due to COVID-19, performers will present crowd favorites such as “The Nutcracker” and “The Sleeping Beauty” in the ballet’s 16th season.
“We are so thrilled to announce our return to theatres. We have missed our subscribers and supporters as much as they have missed seeing us on stage,” co-artistic director Colleen Neary said. “To celebrate, we are presenting a season filled with themes of joy, hope and love.”
The season opens with LAB’s holiday tradition “The Nutcracker” set in 1913 California with a classic Spanish-style home with Mexican, Spanish and European influences. The Dolby Theatre performances will feature the LAB Orchestra led by conductor Andrea Quinn.
In April 2022, LAB offers “Ghosts, Apollo and Bloom,” three works performed exclusively at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
Contemporary choreographer Christopher Wheeldon makes his stage ethereal for “Ghosts,” presenting a realm where ghosts manifest in a dark watery playground. “Apollo,” one of George Balanchine’s best-loved works, depicts the young god of music visited by three muses. “Bloom” by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is inspired by Puja, a worship ritual from Hinduism where flower offerings are laid out at the doorstep three times each day.
LAB will present “The Sleeping Beauty” in June 2022. The cherished fairytale is one of the most treasured ballets by Marius Petipa.
“This season reflects Los Angeles Ballet’s resilience, dedication and commitment to continue to bring the beauty of live ballet performances to L.A. audiences,” said Los Angeles Ballet board member Lori Milken. “I am looking forward to enjoying performances with family and friends again, and to continue to watch LAB thrive and grow.”
The ballet will resume its Power of Performance! outreach program that is committed ot providing a minimum of 10% of tickets to each performance free of charge to Los Angeles County’s underserved communities. LAB partners with 50 social service agencies to hand out the tickets.
“A dancer’s life becomes meaningful and fulfilled when you perform live on stage and our dancers are overjoyed to be able to share that experience with audiences once again,” co-artistic director Thordal Christensen said.
Full season subscriptions, two-performance subscriptions and single-show tickets are on sale now. Early bird pricing for subscriptions ends Sept. 30.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit losangelesballet.org. or call (310)998-7782.