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Grand Rapids Ballet presents Eternal Desire

Perfect for Valentine’s Day Weekend!
February 14-16 & 21, 2020
Peter Martin Wege Theatre

This is a program that explores the timeless themes of love and desire from many angles, all told through the powerful medium of dance.  From the classic balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet to the contemporary look at love (and love lost) in Wild Sweet Love, to the world premieres offering a fresh take on humanity and our innate desires, this program is full of hopes and dreams.

James SofrankoArtistic Director

Eternal Desire Tickets

Romeo & Juliet Balcony Pas de Deux

World Premiere!

Set to a soaring score by Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by Artistic Director James Sofranko, this new work showcases our leading dancers’ breathtaking technique and artistry, as well as their talent as actors.

Wild Sweet Love

Trey McIntyre’s immensely popular and exhilarating piece makes its triumphant return to our stage featuring the music of Queen, Roberta Flack, The Partridge Family, and more.

Give Me

Resident Choreographer Penny Saunders’ inclusive and playful duet is set to the music of Louis Armstrong’s A Kiss to Build a Dream On.


World Premiere!

An exciting new contemporary work from choreographer and audience favorite, Danielle Rowe, set to the music of Prokofiev and Max Richter.

World Premiere!

Featuring live music from the ESME string quartet and a score by Philip Glass and Beethoven, the second world premiere by Sofranko in this program takes inspiration from the life and work of the theoretical physicist, Steven Hawking, and our infinite desire to understand our place in the universe.

Read our Dancer’s Love Stories

James Cunningham (pictured above)

Alexandra Meister-Upleger

Who is Danielle Rowe?

Born in Adelaide, Australia, Rowe trained at the Australian Ballet School before joining the Australian Ballet in 2001, where she danced for ten years as a Principal. In 2011, Danielle left Australia to join Houston Ballet and in 2012 moved again to join the prestigious Nederlands Dans Theater. Rowe has performed in a large variety of works and worked intimately with many acclaimed choreographers, notably Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Crystal Pite, Wayne McGregor, Paul Lightfoot, Sol Leon and Alexander Eckman.

In early 2015, Danielle made her choreographic debut with Margarie & Thomas for Nederlands Dans Theater’s SWITCH program. She then relocated to San Francisco later that year, where she continued her choreographic career. Her works include untitled with Garen Scribner for DanceFAR (2015), For Pixie for SFDanceworks (2016/17), for Berkeley Ballet Theater (2017), And Here We Are for Diablo Ballet (2018) and Adam’s Key for Grand Rapids Ballet (2018).

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