New Orleans Ballet season tickets on sale

The New Orleans Ballet Association launches its 2011-12 season of dance with six companies featuring some significant and distinctive choreography, including three New Orleans debuts and a world premiere.

Single tickets for the 2011-12 season go on sale with prices ranging from $20-125. Season ticket buyers save up to 20 percent off the single ticket price by purchasing a season ticket package.

The season, which features classical to contemporary dance, includes:

Mark Morris Dance Group — Oct. 22, Jacoby & Pronk Contemporary Dance Artists — Nov 11-12; and co-presentation in 2012 with the The NOCCA Institute will include Shen Wei Dance Arts — Jan 21, Stephen Petronio Company — March 2-3, Complexions Contemporary Ballet — April 21, and The Joffrey Ballet — May 12.

Mark Morris Dance Group will be at Mahalia Jackson Theater returns to New Orleans for the first time since 2002. The American dance icon Mark Morris celebrates 30 years of creating intensely musical, endlessly inventive and joyously exuberant dances. Hailed as the “Mozart of modern dance” (Washington Post), Morris spotlights his musical devotion by always touring with his own group of classical musicians.

Jacoby & Pronk Contemporary Dance Artists at NOCCA’s Freda Lupin Memorial Hall will make its New Orleans premiere. Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk are internationally renowned for performing with such companies as the Dutch National Ballet, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. In 2008, this elite duo, known for razor-sharp technique, sensual chemistry and physical beauty, launched an exciting new dance project, hand-picking international ballet stars and choreographers to join them in producing tailor-made evenings of contemporary ballet.

Shen Wei Dance Arts at Mahalia Jackson Theater are hailed by the New York Times as “startlingly imaginative.” Shen Wei Dance Arts brings a fantastical world that vividly fuses East and West by incorporating Chinese opera, Eastern philosophy, traditional and contemporary art, and dance. Led by choreographer, designer and artist Shen Wei, who created part of the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the company is known for “gorgeous visual imagery” (London Times).

Stephen Petronio Company at NOCCA’s Freda Lupin Memorial Hall is acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. Stephen Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation with an instantly recognizable style that combines kinetic movement with the innovative collaborators from music, visual art and fashion. His intrepid dancers move with whiplash speed and crystalline beauty. The program features “Underland,” a provocative work originally created for the Sydney Dance Company set to the dark, bitter-sweet songs of Australian rocker Nick Cave and City of Twist, an homage to New York City with an enigmatic commissioned score by performance art legend Laurie Anderson.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet at Mahalia Jackson Theater features co-founders, choreographer Dwight Rhoden and dancer Desmond Richardson. They bring their sleek, daredevil company to New Orleans. Richardson, hailed by The New York Times as “one of the great modern dancers of his time,” will be retiring from the company as a dancer this season. As a special tribute, NOBA has commissioned Rhoden to create a new duet to live New Orleans jazz for Richardson and New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan.

The Joffrey Ballet at Mahalia Jackson Theater is an American ballet treasure. Last seen in New Orleans at Dixon Hall, this company returns to close the main stage season in grand style. The elegant program highlights the talents of rising choreographic star Edwaard Liang with “Age of Innocence,” an emotionally-charged new work inspired by the social complexities of life in the era of Jane Austen. Also on the program is Jerome Robbin’s enchanting romantic masterwork “In the Night,” a ballet featuring a series of three pas de deux set to the live accompaniment of Chopin “Nocturnes.”

Single ticket prices for Mark Morris Dance Group, Shen Wei, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Joffrey Ballet are $20-$125. The single ticket price for Jacoby & Pronk Contemporary Dance Artists is $65, and the single ticket price for the Stephen Petronio Company is $40.

Tickets may be purchased by calling NOBA at 504-522-0996 or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000; individual ticket sales are also available online at or

NOBA season ticket buyers save up to 20 percent off the single ticket price by purchasing a season ticket package. The Grand Plus Series package of all six events ranges from $154 to $490, while the Grand Series package, which includes all four performances at the Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts, ranges from $68 to $424. The flexible Build-a-Series package allows season ticket holders to design their own season package and starts at $51. Discounts are also available for students with a valid ID. To purchase season tickets, call NOBA at 504-522-0996, Ext. 201.

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