Louisville Ballet

315 E Main St
Louisville KY  40202

Phone: (502) 583-2623

Louisville Ballet

Louisville Ballet, the official ballet of the commonwealth of Kentucky, was founded in March 1952 as a civic ballet company. At that time, Louisville Ballet employed guest artistic directors and choreographers on a production-by-production basis. In 1965, Larry Gradus was engaged as a full-time resident artistic director, overseeing a group of temporary dancers. Ten years later in 1975, under the direction of Richard and Cristina Munro, the Company achieved professional status by employing eight contracted dancers to form the ensemble company.

The Academy of the Louisville Ballet, now the Louisville Ballet School, opened in 1975 with Alun Jones as Associate Director. In 1978 Jones became Louisville Ballet’s Artistic Director, a position he held until his retirement in 2002. In addition to his duties as Artistic Director, Mr. Jones choreographed numerous works for the Company and did a great deal of costume and scenic design during his tenure. Louisville Ballet holds the great distinction of being the only regional company with which Mikhail Baryshnikov has performed in repertoire productions. He danced with the Company during the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons, after which the Louisville Ballet supported his performances in Dallas and Houston.

Upon Jones’ retirement in the spring of 2002, the Louisville Ballet named Bruce Simpson as the Artistic Director of the Company and the Louisville Ballet School, bringing with him over 30 years of experience in the international ballet world. Under the direction of Mr. Simpson, Louisville Ballet continued to present a diverse range of exciting work underscored by a foundation rooted in the classical repertoire. During Simpson’s tenure, the Company commissioned fifteen of its 70 world-premieres from choreographers including Helen Pickett, Adam Hougland, Amy Seiwert, Graham Lustig and Val Caniparoli. In December 2009, the Company premiered The Brown-Forman Nutcracker choreographed by Val Caniparoli with costume and scenic design by Peter Cazalet. Simpson retired as Artistic Director in summer 2014.

Robert Curran began his tenure as Louisville Ballet Artistic Director in late-summer 2014, just as the Company’s 2014-2105 Season began. He brought with him experience as dancer, choreographer, and director and the commitment to ballet is a vital art form, with classical ballet at its core. At the start of the 2015 season, he took on additional responsibilities, becoming Artistic & Executive Director. Curran danced with The Australian Ballet for 16 years,10 years as a Principal Artist, retiring in 2011. He also co-founded project-based dance company Jack Productions, and worked as rehearsal director for Bangarra Dance Theatre – Australia’s leading Indigenous performing arts company. A commitment to new, collaborative works, live music and respect given to classical works are all hallmarks of Mr. Curran’s approach in this role. In his short tenure, he has commissioned a new piece by notable Australian Choreographer Lucas Jervies, What Light is to Our Eyes, choreographed a new world-premiere version of Coppélia set in 1917 Louisville, programmed a collaborative production with The Louisville Orchestra that features the work of Principal Choreographer Adam Hougland and committed to performing the work of the great American choreographer George Balanchine each season.

Louisville Ballet has a repertoire of over 150 works by such choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton, Erik Bruhn, George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, John Cranko, Jack Carter, Kurt Jooss, Choo-San Goh, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, Eugene Loring, André Prokovsky and Domy Reiter-Soffer, along with Fokine and Bournonville ballets. Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Giselle, Don Quixote, Anna Karenina, Beauty and the Beast, The Three Musketeers and The Great Gatsby are a sampling of the Company’s full-length ballets.

In addition to four main stage productions, Louisville Ballet produces two in-studio programs allowing audience in our rehearsal studios. Louisville Ballet reaches an audience of nearly 50,000 people each year through performance and outreach activities and has earned a national reputation as one of the Country’s leading regional ballet companies. Our reach extends to all areas of the Louisville community and into Southern Indiana.

Welcome to the official page for Louisville Ballet!

Louisville Ballet, led by Artistic & Executive Director Robert Curran, is committed to making. moving. art. Louisville Ballet is the State Ballet of Kentucky, offers dance to an audience of more than 50,000 people each year and has earned a national reputation as one of the country’s leading ballet companies. Founded in 1952, the Company has over 70 world premiere ballets to its credit and a repertoire of over 150 works by choreographers such as Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Lucas Jervies, Adam Hougland and Val Caniparoli. Louisville Ballet’s education programs reach over 12,000 school children annually through student matinee performances and on-site lecture demonstrations.

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Founded: 1952
Parking: Street, Parking Lot

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Dance Instruction

Hours

Mon: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Giselle

Giselle
08:00 pm - 04/14/2018

At Louisville Ballet

Choreography by Robert Curran and Harald Uwe Kern after Petipa Music by Adolphe Adam Scenic Design by Peter Cazalet Costume Design by David Heuvel Witness the budding...

Giselle

Giselle
02:00 pm - 04/14/2018

At Louisville Ballet

Choreography by Robert Curran and Harald Uwe Kern after Petipa Music by Adolphe Adam Scenic Design by Peter Cazalet Costume Design by David Heuvel Witness the budding...

Giselle

Giselle
08:00 pm - 04/13/2018

At Louisville Ballet

Choreography by Robert Curran and Harald Uwe Kern after Petipa Music by Adolphe Adam Scenic Design by Peter Cazalet Costume Design by David Heuvel Witness the budding...

March Costumes! + Social

March Costumes! + Social
05:00 pm - 03/22/2018

At Louisville Ballet

WE’VE RESCHEDULED OUR MARCH EVENT! Join Relevé Society as we take a dive into the costume closet! Over 65 years of costumes reside under the ballet studio and...

March Costumes! + Social

March Costumes! + Social
05:00 pm - 03/08/2018

At Louisville Ballet

Join Relevé Society at the Louisville Ballet studio as we take a dive into the costume closet! Sixty six years of costumes reside in the basement of the studio...

The Beyond

The Beyond
02:00 pm - 03/04/2018

At Louisville Ballet

This exciting double bill between Louisville Ballet and Kentucky Opera, joined by The Louisville Orchestra, brings a collaboration to the Whitney Hall stage like...

The Beyond

The Beyond
08:00 pm - 03/02/2018

At Louisville Ballet

This exciting double bill between Louisville Ballet and Kentucky Opera, joined by The Louisville Orchestra, brings a collaboration to the Whitney Hall stage like...

Louisville Ballet Summer Intensive Audition - Louisville, KY

Louisville Ballet Summer Intensive Audition - Louisville, KY
10:00 am - 02/11/2018

At Louisville Ballet

Selective admittance into Louisville Ballet Summer Intensive is by audition at one of 5 audition locations or by video audition. Online pre-registration is strongly...

February Relevé Rehearsal + Social

February Relevé Rehearsal + Social
05:00 pm - 02/08/2018

At Louisville Ballet

Join us for a Relevé rehearsal and social. 5:00-6:00pm Relevé Society members are invited to attend a rehearsal for The Beyond at the Louisville Ballet studio,...

Choreographers' Showcase

Choreographers' Showcase
08:00 pm - 01/27/2018

At Louisville Ballet

Poetry, the spoken word, and how the literary arts and the performing arts can meet to create is the focus of this new choreography created by and for Louisville...

Choreographers' Showcase

Choreographers' Showcase
08:00 pm - 01/26/2018

At Louisville Ballet

Poetry, the spoken word, and how the literary arts and the performing arts can meet to create is the focus of this new choreography created by and for Louisville...

Choreographers' Showcase

Choreographers' Showcase
08:00 pm - 01/25/2018

At Louisville Ballet

Poetry, the spoken word, and how the literary arts and the performing arts can meet to create is the focus of this new choreography created by and for Louisville...

Choreographers' Showcase

Choreographers' Showcase
08:00 pm - 01/24/2018

At Louisville Ballet

Poetry, the spoken word, and how the literary arts and the performing arts can meet to create is the focus of this new choreography created by and for Louisville...

Choreographers' Showcase and Meet & Greet Reception

Choreographers' Showcase and Meet & Greet Reception
08:00 pm - 01/23/2018

At Louisville Ballet

Poetry, the spoken word, and how the literary arts and the performing arts can meet to create is the focus of this new choreography created by and for Louisville...

En Pointe Lunch: Choreographers' Showcase

En Pointe Lunch: Choreographers' Showcase
11:30 am - 01/17/2018

At Louisville Ballet

Enjoy a buffet-style lunch and an in-depth conversation with choreographers and literary artists for a special behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration and execution...

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker
01:30 pm - 12/09/2017

At Louisville Ballet

Choreography by Val Caniparoli Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Costumes by Peter Cazalet Enjoy our uniquely Louisville telling of the classic story of Marie and...

pilates + lunch with ashley thursby kern

pilates + lunch with ashley thursby kern
02:00 pm - 12/03/2017

At Louisville Ballet

Limber up for the holiday season with a mind.body.balance. pilates class taught by company member, Ashley Thursby Kern, and offered by the Louisville Ballet School....

Studio Connections

Studio Connections
08:00 pm - 09/28/2017

At Louisville Ballet

Studio Connections: Almost like you're in the ballet. Not at it. Louisville Ballet presents Studio Connections, an in-studio program of classical and contemporary...

En Pointe Lunch: Studio Connections

En Pointe Lunch: Studio Connections
11:30 am - 09/13/2017

At Louisville Ballet

Our En Pointe Lunch will feature a presentation by our Senior Ballet Master, Uwe Kern and Ballet Mistress, Mikelle Bruzina. They will discuss our season opener Studio...

Pilates + Lunch

Pilates + Lunch
02:00 pm - 08/13/2017

At Louisville Ballet

Join Relevé Society for another round of Pilates with company dancer, Ashley Thursby Kern. After, we'll head over to Garage Bar for some food and drinks. If you...

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