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Christine Minero Rigamer
New Orleans Ballet Association's 2013-2014 Season of Dance
Season Kicks off 10/4 with a North American Premiere, features extreme sport, percussive dance, live music with a little Frank Sinatra and closes with a World Premiere
NEW ORLEANS, LA - The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) proudly announces its 2013-2014 Season of Dance featuring premieres, extreme sport, percussive dance, a Highland debut, American favorites and a little Frank Sinatra. This extraordinary season is packed with stellar performances by five brilliant and world renowned dance companies, including the Scottish Ballet with its dramatic A Streetcar Named Desire, Diavolo Dance Theater with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, The Joffrey Ballet, Parsons Dance with a special NOBA world premiere featuring New Orleans-based musicians. All performances will take place at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts with the exception of India Jazz Suites featuring Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith, co-presented by the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) Institute at NOCCA's Lupin Hall.
The season kicks off on Friday, October 4 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater with the North American debut of Scottish Ballet's extraordinary adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire. Hailed as "heartbreakingly beautiful" (The Independent) and "simply gripping from start to finish" (STV.tv), this gorgeous ensemble of 30 dancers infuses drama and dance to brilliantly tell the iconic story. Set to a jazz-inspired score and with striking vintage styled costumes and sets, "the whole production is a seamless blend of music, dance and drama" (Londondance.com).
On Friday, November 8 - Sunday, November 10, NOBA and the NOCCA Institute co-present the New Orleans debut of India Jazz Suites. In a unique East-meets-West collaboration, India Jazz Suites is a phenomenal partnership between India's foremost Kathak dance master, Pandit Chitresh Das and Emmy-award winning tap star Jason Samuels Smith. Live musical accompaniment from three classical Indian musicians and a stellar jazz trio drives this innovative program.
The gravity defying Diavolo Dance Theater returns with its brand of extreme sport - action-theater - filling Mahalia Jackson's stage with a playground of oversized architectural structures on Saturday, January 25. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra joins Diavolo for the evening's finale, Fluid Infinities, set to the music of Philip Glass.
Back by popular demand, the great Joffrey Ballet on Friday, March 29 will perform a terrific program featuring seldom seen works by two legendary American dance and Broadway trailblazers, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. Highlighting the evening is Tharp's stylishly elegant Nine Sinatra Songs, set to legendary hits of "Old Blue Eyes."
NOBA continues its nationally recognized initiative to pair internationally renowned choreographers with New Orleans jazz musicians when the always-popular Parsons Dance closes the main stage season on Saturday, May 10 with a special NOBA commissioned world premiere on a program with iconic Parsons repertoire. Radiating with virtuosity, athleticism and sexiness, the company takes audience members' breath away with its brand of joyous, high-voltage dances.
"From premiers to the return of three companies whose work has helped shape and define American Dance - Diavolo Dance Theater, Joffrey Ballet and Parsons Dance - this season's lineup is sure to delight dance fans of all ages," said Jenny Hamilton, executive director of NOBA. "We are particularly excited to welcome back India Jazz Suites and Diavolo Dance Theater as both companies were among the first to volunteer their time and resources to help NOBA bring dance back to our city after Katrina."
NOBA season ticket buyers save up to 20 percent off the single ticket price by purchasing a season ticket package. The Grand Plus Series package of all five events ranges from $109 to $445, while the Grand Series package which includes all four performances at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, ranges from $68 to $425. The flexible Build-a-Series package allows season ticket holders to design their own season package and starts at $51. Discounts are also available for students with a valid ID. Single ticket prices for Scottish Ballet's A Streetcar Named Desire, Diavolo, The Joffrey Ballet, and Parsons Dance are $20-$125. The single ticket price for India Jazz Suites is $50.
Season packages are currently on sale, and single tickets for NOBA events go on sale September 3. For more information on the upcoming season or to purchase season tickets, call NOBA at 504-522-0996, Ext. 201 or visit http://www.nobadance.com/. Single tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
NOBA'S 2012-13 SEASON AT A GLANCE
The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) is the Central Gulf region's premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance. NOBA's dynamic Main Stage season annually features a diverse array of world-class companies and artists. Each year NOBA provides concerts, classes, workshops and lectures to more than 25,000 area dance enthusiasts of all ages. In addition, NOBA's nationally recognized award-winning education programs provide the youth of our community access to quality arts programs with over 3,000 free dance classes and workshops annually at ten sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area.
American Airlines is the official airline of the New Orleans Ballet Association and the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is the official hotel.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans (ACNO); a Community Arts Grant made possible through the City of New Orleans as administered by ACNO; a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the NEA. Scottish Ballet' A Streetcar Named Desire is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the NEA and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.