Grand Rapids Ballet 2020|21 Season

A Note from Artistic Director James Sofranko

As artistic director of Michigan’s only professional ballet company, I am proud to present a season unlike any other in our 49-year history. We have remained adaptable and resilient, but one thing is clear to me: We must come together to overcome the challenges facing our world, including a global pandemic and social injustices. The arts are a great unifier, for they remind us of our shared humanity. Our dancers—who come from numerous backgrounds and countries—are eager to continue to serve our community by doing what they love to do…dance!

While we will miss the exhilaration of performing for you live in a theater, we are excited to present our art in a new way, delivered virtually to you in the comfort of your own home. Not only will our virtual season include four programs specifically created for the screen in partnership with SALT Creative Studios, but subscribers will also be given exclusive opportunities to engage with our artists and be immersed in the creative process. The Nutcracker Experience will take you deep into our beloved holiday production as you’ve never seen it before, featuring a special partnership performance with Grand Rapids Symphony. In the spirit of coming together, nine choreographers from around the world will work with our dancers remotely to contribute works to Collective Force. Our annual Jumpstart series will evolve into an exciting new film festival, giving our dancers the opportunity to not only choreograph, but direct the action from behind the camera.

If you are able, I strongly encourage you to become a subscriber in order to experience the full effect of our programming and behind-the-scenes offerings. In this unusual time, when all ticket revenue to live performances has been eliminated, your support will help carry us through and ensure our return to the stage when it is safe to do so. We are grateful for your support. Our mission is to uplift the human spirit through the art of dance. I hope you will join us to let your heart be filled and your spirit lifted.

grand rapids ballet 2020 21 season subscription

business as (un)usual

We present world-class ballet as usual—delivered in an unusual way—with this mix of new and existing works exemplifying our spirit.

  • • a world premiere by Princess Grace Award winner and Beyoncé choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie
  • • a world premiere by Artistic Director James Sofranko featuring a collaboration with violinist Gene Hahn
  • • a world premiere by Company dancer Yuka Oba-Muschiana
  • Christopher Stowell’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream pas de deux from the postponed 2019-20 season featuring the music of
    Felix Mendelssohn
  • • works by Resident Choreographer Penny Saunders and Company dancers Gretchen Steimle and Matthew Wenckowski

December 2020
the nutcracker experience

The beloved holiday classic, with choreography by Val Caniparoli, as you’ve never seen it before!  Enjoy many of your favorite  on-stage moments, behind-the-scenes interviews and rehearsals, and more. And the story wouldn’t be complete without the musical accompaniment of Grand Rapids Symphony.

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March 2021 Dates TBA
collective force

The world’s most celebrated and in-demand choreographers come together to stage their ballets and create new works, contributing to a performance that will truly be an immersive tour de force. In addition, Artistic Director James Sofranko will present an exciting new work featuring the music of Michigan-based cellist Jordan Hamilton.

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April 2021 Dates TBA
jumpstart: on film

Choreographed by the dancers of Grand Rapids Ballet, this innovative program will also provide them the unique opportunity to explore a completely new layer of creativity and expression: filmmaking. We sincerely thank our season video sponsors, Salt Creative Production Studio, for their mentorship and guidance.

2020|21 Season Subscriptions

Current 2020|21 Season Subscribers

If you purchased a 2020|21 season subscription prior to the pandemic, you will automatically be subscribed to the new Patron package at no charge as a thank you for your continued support. If you would like to upgrade to Patron Plus for an additional $100, EMAIL US today.

You will also be subscribed to the 2021|22 season at no additional charge or loss of preferred seating, and will receive the first opportunity to purchase any in-person live programming we are able to present this season.

You will receive more details via email very soon.

New Patron Season Subscription


  • • Access to exclusive pre-recorded video of all four virtual programs via private Vimeo link (available for 72 hours after online premiere)
  • • First chance to purchase in-person tickets if available
  • • Pre-show creative artist talk videos for each program

2020|21 Season Digital Brochure

New Patron Plus Season Subscription


  • • Access to exclusive pre-recorded video of all four virtual programs via private Vimeo link (available for 72 hours after online premiere)
  • • First chance to purchase in-person tickets if available
  • • Pre-show creative artist talk videos for each program
  • • Additional audio commentary for each virtual program by the artistic director and/or dancers
  • • Exclusive live “sneak peek” opportunities to view morning ballet class and Company rehearsals
  • • Zoom meet-and-greet with a dancer
  • • Limited access to past performance videos throughout the year