GRAND RAPIDS BALLET 2024-25 SEASON

Grand Rapids Ballet is thrilled to present our highly anticipated 2024-25 season. This unique lineup features a blend of inspirational concepts, cutting-edge contemporary works, and euphoric story ballets, programming for everyone to enjoy.

The 2024-25 season kicks off in October with Symphony of Movement, a thrilling first-ever collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony on our Peter Martin Wege Theatre stage. In December, we ignite the holiday spirit with the 10th anniversary celebration of our beloved production, The Nutcracker. We soar to new heights in February with the enchanting Peter Pan at DeVos Performance Hall. Spring brings the return of the audience-favorite Jumpstart, where our dancers choreograph world-premiere works on their peers. We wrap up this exhilarating season with a time-travel to the 1960s in San Francisco with Be Here Now at Peter Martin Wege Theatre.

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2024-2025 SEASON | PRODUCTIONS

Symphony of Movement | October 11-13, 2024

Peter Martin Wege Theatre

We are proud to kick off our 2024-25 season in October with Symphony of Movement, a dynamic first-ever collaboration between GRB and the Grand Rapids Symphony at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre. Conducted by GRSO’s music director Marcelo Lehninger, the symphony shares the stage with the dancers, featuring three acclaimed works and one world-premiere.

Programming includes master choreographer Lar Lubovitch’s tender duet for two men, from his work Concerto 622, set to the adagio of  W.A. Mozart’s famous clarinet concerto. Created during the AIDS crisis in 1985, the work reflects on the themes of friendship and support amidst challenging times. Aubade, choreographed by James Sofranko, is an emotionally charged pas de deux that loosely follows a story of the goddess Diana and a mortal man who enters her domain, set to a score by Francis Poulenc, featuring piano soloist Liz Ames. Ave Maria, also choreographed by James Sofranko, is a captivating duet accompanied by the ethereal music of Carlos Gomes, with the two dancers appearing to transcend reality, gracefully navigating a world suspended among the wind and clouds. The final work featured in the program is a World Premiere choreographed by Jennifer Archibald set to Edward Grieg’s Holberg Suite. As a leading voice in contemporary dance, Archibald’s work is seen around the world, and this will be her third original work for Grand Rapids Ballet.

Friday, October 11, 2024

Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 12, 2024

  • Matinee performance at 2:00 p.m.
  • Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 13, 2024

Matinee performance at 2 p.m.

The Nutcracker | December 13-15 & 20-22, 2024

DeVos Performance Hall

In our 2024-25 Season we ring in the holidays with the 10th anniversary of The Nutcracker. Celebrate a decade of Grand Rapids Ballet’s beloved Nutcracker at DeVos Performance Hall with live accompaniment from the Grand Rapids Symphony to Tchaikovsky’s renowned score. Enjoy your favorite holiday performance with immersive sets imagined by Chris Van Allsburg and designed by Eugene Lee, gorgeous choreography by Val Caniparoli, and memorable dancing by Grand Rapids Ballet’s company dancers. Follow Clara as she receives a magical nutcracker doll from her mysterious godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. At night, the nutcracker comes to life and leads Clara into a grand battle against an army of mice. After helping the Nutcracker defeat the Mouse King, Clara is guided on a magical adventure by the elegant Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier through the Land of the Sweets where she befriends confections and enjoys a festive celebration.

Friday, December 13, 2024

Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 14, 2024

  • Matinee performance at 2:00 p.m.
  • Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 15, 2024

Matinee performance at 2 p.m.

Clara’s Nutcracker Party | Sunday, December 15, 2024

Grand Rapids Ballet is thrilled to host a one-of-a-kind holiday celebration, made just for kids! Clara’s Nutcracker Party, taking place Sunday, December 15, 2024, is a joyous event where your child can meet their favorite characters from Grand Rapids Ballet’s The Nutcracker in a fun and festive fantasy land!

Friday, December 20, 2024

  • Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 21, 2024

  • Matinee performance at 2 p.m.
  • Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 22, 2024

  • Matinee performance at 2 p.m.

Peter Pan | February 21-23, 2025

DeVos Performance Hall

Take flight with Grand Rapids Ballet as we present Peter Pan February 21-23, 2025, at DeVos Performance Hall. Embark on a magical journey to enchanting realms with this captivating full-length ballet choreographed by Septime Webre, inspired by J.M. Barrie’s renowned tale about the boy who won’t grow up. Immerse yourself in the nostalgic narrative brimming with pixie dust, the spirited Lost Boys, the notorious Captain Hook, daring pirates, a voracious crocodile, and the fearless Peter Pan flying high above the stage! With live accompaniment from the Grand Rapids Symphony playing a score by Carmon DeLeone, Peter Pan is a humorous, family-friendly ballet that seamlessly blends classical ballet technique with a timeless story.

Friday, February 21, 2025

Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, 2025

  • Matinee performance at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 23, 2025

Matinee performance at 2 p.m.

Jumpstart 2025 | March 21-23, 2025

Peter Martin Wege Theatre

Join us once again for the audience-favorite, Jumpstart 2025. Grand Rapids Ballet dancers seize the choreographic spotlight, crafting short world-premiere works for their fellow performers. Indulge in a program brimming with entirely new creations, as the thrill of Jumpstart lies in the excitement of innovation. Show your support for your beloved dancers as they step into the role of choreographer, resulting in a truly distinctive and diverse program that promises a fresh perspective on the art of dance.

Friday, March 21, 2025

Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 22, 2025

  • FREE Family Matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. – Featuring an introduction to the world of professional ballet and an excerpt of the Jumpstart program, this family focused production will last about 45-60 minutes. | Tickets available closer to performance date. 
  • Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 23, 2025

Matinee performance at 2 p.m.

Be Here Now | April 25-27 & May 2-4, 2025

Peter Martin Wege Theatre

We close out our 2024-25 season with Be Here Now, a compilation of four stand-alone works, showcasing the true diversity and versatility our company offers. The program features the return of Le Grand Jazz!, choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie for GRB in October 2023. Moultrie’s work features classic tunes as well as songs from contemporary jazz artists, including Duke Ellington & Count Basie, Michael Bublé, Chris Botti, Ella Fitzgerald, Samara Joy, and the Melton Mustafa Orchestra. Le Grand Jazz! shares an infectious energy with the audience as it highlights a community of dancers who are playful, sometimes introspective, and always full of life. Our resident choreographer Penny Saunders will also create an entirely new work to be featured in this performance, her 9th original work for the company. George Balanchine’s Italian inspired Tarantella is an exuberant pas de deux, full of personality, speed, and spirit. Created in 1964 for New York City Ballet dancers Edward Villella and Patricia McBride, Tarantella is an exciting showcase of virtuosic dancing. The show concludes with Be Here Now, choreographed by Trey McIntyre to a playlist of music by The Mamas and the Papas, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller Band, Sly and the Family Stone, The Hollies, Jefferson Airplane, and The Youngbloods. Created in honor of the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” Be Here Now transports us to 1967 San Francisco, during a time of cultural revolution and youthful expression, inviting us to delight in the present moment and revel in music, movement, and love.

Friday, April 25, 2025

Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 26, 2025

  • FREE Family Matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. – Featuring an introduction to the world of professional ballet and an excerpt of the Jumpstart  program, this family focused production will last about 45-60 minutes. | Tickets available closer to performance date. 
  • Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 27, 2025

Matinee performance at 2 p.m.

Friday, May 2, 2025

Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 3, 2025

Evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 4, 2025

Matinee performance at 2 p.m.

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