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A Note from Artistic Director James Sofranko

The 2020-21 season (our 49th) will take Grand Rapids Ballet to a new level of artistry and production.  In addition to The Nutcracker, I am proud to be returning the company to DeVos Performance Hall a second time in the year for Ben Stevensen’s Cinderella, featuring grand sets and costumes and live music from the Grand Rapids Symphony.  This production, seen on stages from New York to Australia, is a Grand Rapids premiere and sure to delight the entire family.

Our other programs entice as well, with works from some of the biggest names in ballet and Broadway contributing their efforts, including Andy Blankenbuehler, the three time Tony Award winning choreographer of Hamilton, and Christopher Wheeldon, also a Tony Award winner and former resident choreographer of New York City Ballet.

I invite you to join us for an exciting year that not only promises to deliver the magic of classical ballet, but pushes the art form forward with new contemporary works.  I guarantee you will discover plenty that moves you!

Artistic Director James Sofranko

Announcing Grand Rapids Ballet’s 2020-21 Season

We invite you to renew or become a new subscriber to take advantage of these benefits:

  • • 50% off The Nutcracker tickets and first chance to buy before the general public
  • • Preferred seating for renewing subscribers
  • • 10% off additional tickets
  • • Free ticket exchanges if you need to change your dates
  • • At least 15% off regular ticket prices
  • • Early access to add-on opportunities like the Season Gala, Peter Martin Wege Theatre parking, and Junior Company performances
  • • Plus, subscribe before April 3, 2020, and we’ll waive the $10 processing fee! 
  • Peter Martin Wege Theatre

  • DeVos Performance Hall

VIP Subscribers

As a Friday Opening Night VIP subscriber, you’ll receive one ticket to Off the Canvas, Cinderella at DeVos Performance Hall, Jumpstart 2021, and Ballet+Broadway; entry to the hospitality suite before the show; champagne toast with the dancers after the show; and invitations to exclusive Artistic Director special events.

Saturday and Sunday VIP subscribers receive one ticket to Off the Canvas, Cinderella at DeVos Performance Hall, Jumpstart 2021, and Ballet+Broadway; one complimentary beverage at Peter Martin Wege Theatre performances; and invitations to exclusive Artistic Director special events.

Company Subscribers

As a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday Company subscriber, you’ll receive one ticket to Off the Canvas, Cinderella at DeVos Performance Hall, Jumpstart 2021, and Ballet+Broadway.

Family Company Subscribers

As a Family Company subscriber, you’ll receive one ticket to the hour-long interactive Saturday matinee productions of Off the Canvas, Jumpstart 2021, and Ballet+Broadway, along with one ticket to the full production of Cinderella at DeVos Performance Hall.

These hour-long interactive Saturday matinees of our company productions are tailored specifically to introduce your young ones to the world of professional ballet. You and your family will enjoy pre-show experiential activities in the lobby such as dancer meet-and-greets, a costume petting zoo, and an introduction to the barre. From there, Artistic Director James Sofranko will welcome you prior to the performance and take your questions after the curtain comes down. You may even get the chance to come on stage!

Make it easy and renew your subscription online!
Or download the form and deliver it to our box office or mail to
Grand Rapids Ballet, 341 Ellsworth Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Call 616,454.4771 x10 with questions.

Season subscriptions for 2020-21 available 3.9.20!
Single tickets on sale to the public 7.22.20.

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OFF THE CANVAS

October 16-18, 2020

The season starts with a powerful collection influenced by the world of visual art. Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Off the Canvas—inspired by the ecstatic and mystery-evoking vermilion loops of modern-art master Cy Twombly’s Bacchus series paintings—that The Philadelphia Inquirer called “Literally art in motion;” the return of Resident Choreographer Penny SaundersIn Frame, danced to Max Richter’s arrangement of Vivaldi’s esteemed The Four Seasons; and audience-favorite Adam Hougland’s Cold Virtues with music by modern master Philip Glass.

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THE NUTCRACKER AT DEVOS PERFORMANCE HALL

December 11-13 & 18-20, 2020

West Michigan’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the grandeur of DeVos Performance Hall with sets by famed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), choreography by Val Caniparoli, and the live music of your Grand Rapids Symphony. Don’t miss the magic!

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CINDERELLA AT DEVOS PERFORMANCE HALL

February 19-21, 2021

In addition to The Nutcracker, we present a second production at DeVos Performance Hall for the first time since 2010: Ben Stevensen’s magical Cinderella. Featuring the lush music of Sergei Prokofiev performed live by Grand Rapids Symphony, this full-length production has been performed to high acclaim around the world and stays true to the classic fairy tale in both story and spirit, featuring Cinderella and her prince, humorously bumbling stepsisters, beautifully grand sets and costumes, iconic carriage and lost slipper, and, of course, all the romance!

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JUMPSTART 2021

March 12-14, 2021

This returning experimental showcase will discover the next generation of great choreographers by providing the dancers of Grand Rapids Ballet a platform to explore their artistic vision and the inspiration to bring it to life.

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BALLET+BROADWAY

April 23-25 & April 30-May 2, 2021

The Great White Way comes to West Michigan! This collection features two Tony Award winning choreographers: Co-creator of Hamilton and Kennedy Center Honoree Andy Blankenbuehler brings his WWII-era love story Remember Our Song and Christopher Wheeldon, winner of best choreography for An American in Paris, will present his pas de deux from Carousel (A Dance) set to If I Loved You by composer Richard Rodgers.  George Balanchine’s Who Cares?  featuring the beloved music of George Gershwin and a world premiere from Artistic Director James Sofranko rounds out the rest of this show-stopping program.

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BOLÉRO

GRAND RAPIDS BALLET SCHOOL JUNIOR COMPANY

November 6-8, 2020

This mixed rep will feature the dancers of Grand Rapids Ballet School and choreography by Junior Company and School Director, Attila Mosolygo. Boléro is a beautifully dramatic piece set to the famous music of Ravel.

SNOW WHITE

GRAND RAPIDS BALLET SCHOOL JUNIOR COMPANY

March 19-21 & 27-28, 2021

This Brothers Grimm tale, featuring the magic mirror and a malicious queen, is one of the most famous stories of all time! Filled with love, jealousy, and obsession with youthful beauty, this rich and immersive fantasy production is also choreographed by Attila Mosolygo.