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May 8-9 & 15-17

Beethoven, a world premiere ballet by choreographer Mario Radacovsky (Black Swan/White Swan, Romeo & Juliet, Bolero), presents an image of the man behind the musical genius. With dense and driving narratives in his symphonies, Beethoven’s sound is inexhaustibly energetic, and so is the ballet.

In Depth: Mario Radacovsky discusses Beethoven’s troubled relationships

Behind the Scenes: Beethoven


Thank you Tinney Automotive for your proud support of Grand Rapids Ballet ‪and the World Premiere of Beethoven!

May 8-10
& 15-17, 2015
Peter Martin Wege Theatre
341 Ellsworth SW
Tickets start
at $32

Mario Radacovsky


Upon graduating from the Eva Jaczova Dance Conservatory, Radacovský joined the Ballet Company of the Slovak National Theatre in 1989. Soon after, he was promoted to principal dancer and performed principal roles in classical and contemporary pieces including Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Giselle, La Dame Aux Camelias and more. He received acclaim for his ability to combine brilliant dancing technique with a natural acting talent and a masculine expression. Radacovský took first prize at the Czechoslovak Ballet Competition in 1990. In 1992 he was invited by Jiri Kilian’s to join Netherlands Dance Theatre. He worked with world-renowned choreographers including Jirí Kylián, Nacho Duato and William Forsythe. Other influences on Radacovský’s artistic and personal growth were Gideon Obarzanek, Itzik Galili, James Kudelka, John Alaine, Christopher Weeldon, Stein Celis, Fernand Nault, Libor Vaculík and many others. In 1999 he became principal dancer with Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montreal where he was praised for his portrayal of lead roles in Giselle, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Field Mass, Concerto Barocco, Pique Dame, and others. Read more…