Join us for an elegant, glitter-filled evening of fun at Grand Rapids Ballet as we welcome new Artistic Director James Sofranko to Grand Rapids. You’ll enjoy a delicious seated dinner by Gilmore Catering with fellow ballet lovers and local dignitaries and VIPs, followed by an advance performance of Wild Sweet Love and an unforgettable after-party at Peter Martin Wege Theatre with our dancers, dessert, dancing, and more. Get your tickets today!
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to lead Grand Rapids Ballet into their next chapter. Upon my visits, I was impressed with the dancers, the board, the staff, and the city of Grand Rapids. The company works easily in both contemporary and classical styles, which makes them a natural fit for me. I’m excited to begin working to continue to bring great dance to the city of Grand Rapids, as well as to continue my growth as a choreographer.”
Sofranko will be responsible for all artistic direction and artistic planning including programming and hiring of dancers and choreographers, production staff, touring, and outreach efforts. He plans to choreograph new works for Grand Rapids Ballet as well as hire outside choreographers. He is eager to build upon the reputation left by outgoing Artistic Director Patricia Barker as a company that presents new works while continuing to present established works from the world’s most respected choreographers, in both classical and contemporary styles.