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New Orleans Ballet Association announces 2022-23 season

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE is among the dance troupes performing during the New Orleans Ballet Association’s 2022-23 season.

The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) has announced its 2022-23 Mainstage Dance Season. NOBA’s curation of dynamic, culturally significant, captivating and awe-inspiring dance offerings represents the best and brightest that the dance world has to offer today, starting October 22, 2022, with Kyiv City Ballet making their US touring debut, continues with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, the return of New Orleans favorite Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, acrobatic and visually stunning dance company MOMIX with their rendition of the beloved Alice in Wonderland story and concluding with the magnificent national company of the country of Georgia, the State Ballet of Georgia, accompanied by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Launching on October 22, NOBA begins the season with Kyiv City Ballet. In the midst of a greater struggle, the exemplary dancers of Ukraine’s Kyiv City Ballet are a “voice of resistance” (National geographic) on the world stage, bringing light and joy in the dark to audiences around the world. On February 23, the company unknowingly boarded what would be one of the last flights out of Ukraine for a long-planned tour. They have since been unable to return home and have been hosted by France, performing throughout the country and in Europe. Marking their first performances in the United States, this magnificent company, under the direction of former artist of the Mariinsky Theater Ivan Kozlov, presents “Tribute to Peace”, a program of works by Ukrainian choreographers. “To tour the United States for the first time with a line of ballets is an important global statement. This demonstrates the resilience of the Ukrainian people,” Kozlov says. From classical ballet to Ukrainian folk dance, this inspiring evening showcasing the best of this country’s rich cultural heritage will feature two of Ukraine’s top prima ballerinas – Krystina Kadashevych and Oksana Bondarenko – and Vsevolod Maevskiy, formerly of the Ballet Mariinsky of St. Petersburg. . In a show of support and solidarity with these artists, audiences will be uplifted by their talent and determination to keep going through such great adversity.

On November 4-5, 2022, crowd favorite Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE returns to New Orleans with a new program. For more than 30 years, Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE has deeply moved audiences around the world with masterfully created dances that are “richly expressive and endlessly kinetic” (The New York Times) performed by superbly articulated dancers. “No great choreographer has worked harder to bring spiritual awareness to the human heart than Ronald K. Brown. His dances are about our struggle to find love and connection, where compassion alone can facilitate the grueling physical journey of life ” (The Washington Post). After their sold-out performances in 2017, the company returns to New Orleans with a program of works including Brown’s last dance, “Equality of Night and Day,” called “a silently breathtaking” (The boston globe) which features an original score by renowned jazz pioneer Jason Moran, set to music by Angela Davis. In the wildly popular “Grace,” originally choreographed in 1999 for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and now considered a masterpiece of Ailey’s repertoire, Brown sets his signature style to music by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis Jr., Fela Kuti, Jimmy McPhail and Jennifer Holiday. “Breathtaking, vital and hopeful” boasts The Boston Globe.

January 28, 2023, for “the funniest night you’ll ever have at the ballet” (The Sunday TimesUK), don’t miss the long-awaited return (last presented by NOBA in 2010) of the Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in a hilarious new line-up. Since 1974, this adorable all-male ballet company has been a major dance phenomenon around the world, performing parodies of ballet classics from Swan Lake at The Sylphids en pointe and in tutus to contemporary masterpieces – all with impressive virtuosity. Skillfully blending humor with extraordinary athletic artistry, The Trocks is “one of the great comedic creations of the American scene” (San Francisco Chronicle) and guaranteed to put the audience on their feet with “pure joy” (SeattleTimes). “A guaranteed hoot for those who know nothing about ballet and an absolute must for those who think they know the originals,” proclaims the Sydney Stargazer.

NOBA’s 2022-23 season continues on March 11, 2023, with the return of MOMIXknown internationally for presenting works of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton that has been dazzling New Orleans audiences to sold-out houses since 1993. Journey into the burrow of the rabbit at MOMIX with Pendleton’s new creation, ALICEinspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. As Alice’s body grows, shrinks and grows again, Pendleton’s dancers stretch by means of props, ropes and other dancers. “I don’t intend to tell Alice’s whole story,” says Pendleton, “but to use it as a starting point for invention.” Full of images and absurd logic, the ALICE the story lets the imagination run wild and plays with the fusion of dance, lighting, music, costumes and projected images; the public will be taken on a magical, mysterious, fun, eccentric journey and much more. A feast of visual splendor and creative movement, ALICE reveals that nothing in the world of MOMIX is what it seems. “A triumph of imagination, illusions and special effects” declares The wonderful world of dance.

Debuting in New Orleans (one of only four cities in the country), the State Ballet of Georgia wraps up NOBA’s star-studded season on April 22, 2023. The famed national company of the former Soviet republic tours internationally but is not often seen in the United States. Based at the State Opera and Ballet Theater in the capital, Tbilisi, this superb company of “versatile and accomplished” dancers (The New York Times) soared under the bold artistic direction of a world-renowned dancer Nina Ananiashvili (former prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre) who returned to her native country in 2004 to lead the company. Accompanied by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, this rare evening features two of Georgian-American choreographer George Balanchine’s greatest masterpieces, Serenade and baroque concerto. Using traditional Georgian music, the rousing finale is a work created for the company by Yuri Possokhov, an international dancer and choreographer born in Ukraine. The politeness of the men is striking” (The New York Times).

NOBA’s 2022-23 Main Stage Season offers three subscription options. Subscribers also receive a variety of additional benefits included in the subscription price which can be found here. All subscription packages will be available to the public for purchase on August 11, 2022, online at nobadance.com. Discounts are available for students with a valid student card.