With the stage lights off and the theater empty, we’ve been hard at work planning our exciting return to the Hult Center. Now, we’re ready to formally announce our 43rd season line-up! You may recognize some of these ballet productions—our 41st season was cut short and our 42nd season canceled—and we promise they are worth the wait.
To launch our momentous return to the stage, we begin with Cinderella, a timeless classical ballet featuring all your favorite fairy tale moments from the Company and our Academy students. Prokofiev’s incredible score for this ballet will be played live by Orchestra Next.
The December holiday season calls for a trip to the Land of the Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, complete with live music from our friends at Orchestra Next, and added performances with more viewing opportunities for every Nutcracker fan.
In February, we’ll share an exhilarating compilation of pieces by five female choreographers from our community and beyond. Celebration of the Uncommon Woman includes works by Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Penny Saunders, and Nicole Haskins, in addition to Eugene Ballet’s Suzanne Haag and Toni Pimble.
The world premiere of Suzanne Haag’s Heaven and Earth featuring Pius Cheng’s original score played live by Orchestra Next’s Percussion Ensemble is set for April. Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence rounds out this bold collaboration of dance.
Finally, we are extending our season into May for Toni Pimble’s brand new, full-length ballet, Taming of the Shrew. Shakespeare’s most controversial play gets a steampunk makeover with Maestro Brian McWhorter and Orchestra Next playing 19th century French composer Louise Farrenc’s music for the first time in the Northwest.
We know there will be more challenges to overcome as we forge a path forward. For this reason, we are holding all subscriber seats over until the 2022–2023 season and are offering a one-year-only package to build your own season. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 1, 2021.
Though this year may look a little different than any of us anticipated, we are thrilled and ready to once again bring you spectacular live dance performances.