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Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:00 am

Ballet Tucson announces its 2011-2012 season following last year’s critically acclaimed 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee. Throughout the coming “Season of Transformation,” Founding Artistic Director Mary Beth Cabana has selected works that represent the ever evolving nature of life and the arts. From the phoenix rising out of the ashes in “Firebird” to the rags-to-riches tale of “Cinderella,” the common theme of transformation speaks to the constant change that is life.

Premiering this season are:

“Ascending,” a new work celebrating the resilience of the human spirit and the bonds that tie us together in the journey through life and beyond.

“Don Quixote Suite,” a one-act adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ popular novel showcasing the celebratory wedding scene of Kitri and Basilio and some of classical ballet’s most bravura dancing.

This season’s revivals are:

“Firebird,” a futuristic version exploring the final conflict and consequential holocaust between machine and mankind.

“Masquerade,” a striking ensemble piece evoking light-hearted, engaging human interactions.

“Cinderella,” the classic fairy tale of romance, dreams coming true, and living happily ever after comes to life in a breathtaking production.

This year’s opening night gala will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Gala tickets are $100 for the VIP package and $75.

Ballet Tucson’s 2011-2012 season opens with a collection of three diverse ballets. Mark Schneider’s futuristic version of “Firebird” explores the final conflict and consequential holocaust between machine and mankind.  Set against Stravinsky’s powerful score, the firebird represents the birth of a new species, much like the phoenix rising out of the nuclear ash.

Founding Artistic Director Mary Beth Cabana and Assistant Artistic Director Chieko Imada collaborate on the premiere of “Ascending.” This new work celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the bonds that tie us together in the journey through life and beyond. Diverse music, dance styles, and costuming add to the thought provoking imagery of this transformative ballet.

Artistic Associates Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner offer the Ballet Tucson premiere of “Don Quixote Suite.”  This one-act adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ popular novel showcases the celebratory wedding scene of Kitri and Basilio, providing exciting dancing opportunities throughout the ranks of Ballet Tucson. The romantic and light-hearted comedy comes to life with a lively cast of characters and some of classical ballet’s most bravura dancing.

Tickets go on sale beginning Sept. 6 by calling 903-1445.

The 2011-2012 also includes:

The Nutcracker, Dec. 22-24 at Tucson Music Hall.

The production: On Christmas Eve, Clara receives an unusual gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer.  Magically, the Nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince and takes her on a fantastical journey in a single night.  They battle giant mice, travel through a land of swirling snowflakes, and visit a spectacular kingdom with confections of every kind – bonbons, candy canes, marzipan, Spanish chocolate, Arabian coffee, and Chinese tea.

Ballet Tucson’s larger-than-life production of The Nutcracker is like no other. Whether you are enjoying it as a family tradition or discovering it for the first time, the magic will resonate long after the curtain comes down.  Colorful scenery, brilliant costumes, and wonderful dancing create an unforgettable experience for the whole family. 

Dance & Dessert XV, March 9-11 at Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.

The production: Ballet Tucson dancers are known for their refined artistry, powerful athleticism, and uncommon versatility. Dance & Dessert XV serves as the perfect vehicle to showcase their dynamic range of dance styles. The eclectic repertoire of classical and contemporary works offers something for everyone’s taste. Revivals include “Masquerade,” a striking ensemble piece that evokes light-hearted, engaging human interactions.

Continuing its tradition of presenting works by legendary choreographer Antony Tudor, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner will be staging the premiere of the fourth pas de deux from Tudor’s hauntingly beautiful “The Leaves are Fading” and restaging “Continuo,” one of Tudor’s most compelling dance arrangements set to the classic Pachelbel’s “Canon.” 

Cinderella, May 5-6, UA Centennial Hall

The production: Ballet Tucson’s 2011-2012 season concludes with “Cinderella,” the ultimate rags to riches story of romance, dreams coming true, and living happily ever after. This magnificent and critically acclaimed ballet makes a long anticipated return to the grand stage of Centennial Hall to warm the hearts of children and adults alike.  The classic fairy tale comes to life in a breathtaking production fresh with humor and live with Prokofiev’s cherished score. 

Now in its 26th season, Ballet Tucson is the premier dance company in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Each season, the professional company of dancers presents the highest quality dance productions with a full range of historic classics and contemporary works. 

In addition, an exceptional children’s company of more than 75 perform alongside Ballet Tucson’s professionals in full-length family-oriented productions such as “The Nutcracker,” “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake.”

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