midsummer night's dream grand rapids ballet michigan dance 19-20 season

Grand Rapids Ballet presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

April 24-26 & May 1-3
Peter Martin Wege Theatre

The season ends on a wonderful comedic note with one of Shakespeare’s most popular and treasured works. Choreographed by associate artistic director of  the National Ballet of Canada, Christopher Stowell, the story of four star-crossed Athenians whose love lives are turned upside down by a miscast spell proves “the course of true love never did run smooth.” The performance will also feature George Balanchine’s beloved and ethereal Serenade.

Season subscriptions for the 2019-20 season are now available. Get yours today!

Midsummer Tickets

Single tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the 2019-20 season go on sale July 24, 2019. Season subscriptions are now available by calling 616.454.4771 x10.

Who is Christopher Stowell?

Christopher Stowell, the son of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, was born in New York City and received his training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. In 1985, he joined San Francisco Ballet where he danced for 16 years, appearing in theatres throughout the world including the Paris Opéra, New York’s Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. As a Principal Dancer, Mr. Stowell performed leading roles in the full-length classics Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, La Fille mal Gardee and Othello, and had roles created for him by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson as well as contemporary choreographers including Mark Morris, William Forsythe, David Bintley and James Kudelka. An established interpreter of the George Balanchine repertoire, Mr. Stowell appeared in almost every Balanchine ballet performed by San Francisco Ballet.

In 2003 Stowell was named the Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre, a position he held until 2012. During his tenure Stowell made significant additions to OBT’s repertoire, bringing to Portland works from some of the world’s most celebrated choreographers, including Fredrick Ashton, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Helgi Tomasson, James Kudelka, Christopher Wheeldon and Lar Lubovitch.

Mr. Stowell has taught and coached in San Francisco, New York, Japan, China and across Europe. He has created works for San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Diablo Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet as well as the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute. He has also staged the works of George Balanchine, Mark Morris and Christopher Wheeldon.

In addition to serving as Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director at San Francisco Ballet for the 14/15 Season, he has recently worked in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Beijing and Copenhagen and created his first work for Los Angeles Ballet as well as his first film for the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. In 2017 Mr. Stowell joined The National Ballet of Canada as Associate Artistic Director.

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