Grand Rapids Ballet

Touring Opportunities

Bring the excitement of Michigan’s only professional ballet company to your theater or festival. Featuring over 30 dancers from 20 different states and countries, the touring opportunities available from this amazingly talented and diverse company will leave your audience wanting more.

Contact Artistic Director James Sofranko today at 616.454.4771 x21 or email.

TESTIMONY

CHOREOGRAPHY BY PENNY SAUNDERS
MUSIC BY NICO MUHLY, TRENT REZNOR, AND ATTICUS ROSS
19 DANCERS

Created specifically for Grand Rapids Ballet by resident choreographer and Princess Grace Award winner, Penny Saunders, this piece showcases the strengths of our female dancers. It is inspired by current events related to the #MeToo movement.

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MOZART SYMPHONY

CHOREOGRAPHY BY JAMES SOFRANKO
MUSIC BY WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
10 DANCERS

A joyful and neo-classical piece danced with speed and spirit with a quieter middle movement for two couples.

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THE SWEET BY AND BY

CHOREOGRAPHY BY JAMES SOFRANKO
MUSIC BY PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
12 DANCERS

Set to six songs including “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Precious Lord,” this nostalgic piece seeks to portray the joy and struggles of real people against a backdrop of uplifting music. The ballet finishes as if the central character is looking through old photos or home movies and remembering a simpler time.

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COLD VIRTUES

CHOREOGRAPHY BY ADAM HOUGLAND
MUSIC BY PHILIP GLASS
14 DANCERS

A dark drama in a contemporary ballet style based on the story of Dangerous Liaisons with a sinister couple manipulating society behind the scenes.

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WILD SWEET LOVE

CHOREOGRAPHY BY TREY MCINTYRE
MUSIC BY QUEEN, THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY, ROBERTA FLACK, THE ZOMBIES, AND MORE
12 DANCERS

A fun contemporary ballet set to pop music shows different types of love and love lost. The energetic finale is reminiscent of a Broadway show.

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GHOST LIGHT

CHOREOGRAPHY BY PENNY SAUNDERS
4 DANCERS

Contemporary piece featuring theatre ghosts who return to the stage at night in a playfully mysterious ambiance. The costumes have a 1940’s style, including a long dress for the woman that is manipulated by the dancers throughout the choreography. The dancers also interact with hanging bulbs and one free standing ghost light.

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BALLADE

CHOREOGRAPHY BY JAMES SOFRANKO
MUSIC BY ANTONIN DVORAK
4 DANCERS

A romantic and classically styled ballet by Artistic Director James Sofranko set to Dvorak’s Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano.

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FOR PIXIE

CHOREOGRAPHY BY DANIELLE ROWE
MUSIC BY NINA SIMONE
2 DANCERS

A dramatic, steamy, and intense pas de deux with a contemporary feel.

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AGAIN

CHOREOGRAPHY BY PENNY SAUNDERS
MUSIC BY MICHAEL WALL
2 DANCERS

A contemplative pas de deux created for Grand Rapids Ballet in 2019 that examines the emotional impact of leaving behind a career performing on the stage — an inevitability for every dancer.

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GIVE ME

CHOREOGRAPHY BY PENNY SAUNDERS
MUSIC BY LOUIS ARMSTRONG
2 DANCERS

A playful and happy duet created for Grand Rapids Ballet in 2019 set to A Kiss to Build a Dream On.

EXTREMELY CLOSE

CHOREOGRAPHY BY ALEJANDRO CERUDO
MUSIC BY PHILIP GLASS, DUSTIN O’HALLORAN
8 DANCERS

Originally made for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, this contemporary and mysterious work creates unexpected theatrical situations with elements such as moving square wall panels and feathers falling from the sky.

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TWO TANGOS

CHOREOGRAPHY BY JAMES SOFRANKO
MUSIC BY ASTOR PIAZZOLA
5 DANCERS

Set to two of Argentine composer Astor Piazzola’s orchestrated tunes, one a romantic pas de deux, and the other a love triangle, Two Tangos was created for Grand Rapids Ballet in 2018 and utilizes classical ballet technique infused with the verve and style of traditional tango dance.