Orlando Ballet will return with another lineup of performances for its 2019-20 season.
This season’s programming is said to mark a strong investment in Orlando Ballet’s artistic vision, as it holds the largest production budget in the company’s 45-year history.
The 2019-20 season includes new and revamped works — some of which are Orlando Ballet’s most family-friendly productions ever offered.
In addition, these shows feature guest choreography from artistic directors like Jessica Lang of Jessica Lang Dance, and Victoria Morgan of the Cincinnati Ballet.
A notable spotlight will be when the spotlight shines on artistic director Robert Hill, as he makes a special return to the stage for Lang’s, “The Calling.”
Hill recently celebrated his 10th anniversary as an artistic director, and is a former principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet and the New York City Ballet.
“Next season will be a diverse and ambitious lineup artistically, and I am honored to perform in ‘The Calling’ alongside a company that means so much to me in a community that is so supportive of Orlando Ballet,” Hill said in a press release. “It’s going to be a remarkable experience and I’m looking forward to it.”
Take a look at the program:
Note: Program information is provided by Orlando Ballet.
Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2019
Kicking off the season on Halloween night, Orlando Ballet will present “Vampire’s Ball.” The production tells the thrilling tale of two vampires through Hill’s intense choreography, and striking sets and costumes. Performances run through Nov. 3, 2019.
Dec. 13-15 and 20-24
Orlando Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” Dec. 13-15 and 20-24, 2019. The beloved performance features Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score, the talented Orlando Ballet professional company, and more than 150 Orlando Ballet School students who help bring the story to life. The production tells the story of Clara as she is transported to the Land of Sweets after receiving a magical nutcracker doll.
Feb. 14-16, 2020
The timeless story of “Cinderella” will be brought to the Dr. Phillips Center stage in Feb. 2020. “Cinderella” features one of Prokofiev’s most famous scores, set to elegant choreography by Victoria Morgan, artistic director of the Cincinnati Ballet who also served as former resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera.
“Made in the USA: A Collection of American Works”
March 27-29, 2020
“Made in the USA: A Collection of American Works” is a true celebration of American choreographers including Jessica Lang, Val Caniparoli and Robert Hill, who will debut a world premiere in this production. Acclaimed choreographer, Jessica Lang will bring two pieces including her celebrated work, “The Calling” to Orlando patrons, and artistic director, Robert Hill will perform a featured role in this visually stunning production. “The Calling” showcases fluid, mesmerizing movements that will captivate audiences. Additionally, “Made in the USA” features Val Caniparoli’s most popular work “Lambarena.” “Lambarena” has become an international sensation since it was first performed in 1995. The production fuses classical ballet with West African movement, and has been performed by more than 20 dance companies around the world.
“Mowgli - The Jungle Book”
May 8-10, 2020
Orlando Ballet will premiere an exotic retelling of “Mowgli - The Jungle Book” May 8-10, 2020. The sets and costumes truly make the infamous Jungle Book characters, Mowgli, Baloo and Shere Khan come to life. Choreographed by Eugene Ballet artistic director, Toni Pimble, this production features elaborate costumes and vibrant masks that celebrate the story’s Indian setting.
Subscriptions for Orlando Ballet’s 2019-20 season are available now. Three-show, four-show and family show options are offered.
For more information about Orlando Ballet, its 2019-20 season program and subscriptions, visit https://orlandoballet.org/performances/subscriptions/.