Ballet Memphis announces 30th anniversary season for 2016/17

MEMPHIS (March 27, 2016) – – – Nationally acclaimed Ballet Memphis, under the direction of Dorothy Gunther Pugh, is pleased to announce its 30th anniversary season, opening in September 2016.  Known for its innovative and original repertory as well as its own interpretations of the classics, Ballet Memphis offers five events this coming season.


Carnival of the Animals/In Dreams September 10, 2016, Memphis Botanic Garden (SPECIAL EVENT)

Ballet Memphis returns to the Memphis Botanic Garden and brings back Steven McMahon’s Carnival of the Animals as well as the perennial favorite, Trey McIntyre’s In Dreams for a special one-night event under the starts. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. with activities for the entire family. Performance begins at dusk and will run one hour. Two ticket options are available including general admission lawn seating for $10 and chair seating for $25.


Next Steps, October 15-23, 2016, Playhouse on the Square

Three new works by Mark Godden, Steven McMahon and Company dancer Julie Marie Niekrasz explore what it means to be a dancer in the modern world. Looking at the classical vocabulary and its manifestations choreographically – what a classical tutu ballet might look like in the future, what music would sound like, what does a corps or principal dancer look like, and more will be explored in this exciting mixed repertory show.


Nutcracker December 9-11, 2016, The Orpheum Theatre

Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra present one of Memphis’ most beloved holiday traditions. More than 100 professional dancers, children, musicians and vocalists make this holiday tradition an extraordinary experience for all.


Places Beyond, February 17-19, 2017, Playhouse on the Square

Second in an exciting new series of work by three choreographers: Uri Sands, Steven McMahon and a reprise of Mark Godden’s Angels in the Architecture.


Wizard of Oz, April 8-9, 2017, The Orpheum Theatre

One of Ballet Memphis’ most popular offerings returns to The Orpheum stage for three performances. Steven McMahon’s version first debuted in 2007 to rave reviews and audience response.

All performance information subject to change.

In its 30th season, Ballet Memphis serves as a creative resource to the nation through its innovative neoclassical and contemporary repertoire, as well as production and training of the highest caliber. Founded by Dorothy Gunther Pugh in 1986, Ballet Memphis employs 31 dancers dancers with a $4.4 million operating budget and has performed around the world.  The combined programs of Ballet Memphis–dance company, ballet school, educational enrichment and Pilates Centre–serve more than 80,000 people each year.