KEEPING BALLET LOVERS ON THEIR TOES

NEVADA BALLET THEATRE PLANS BUSY, FANTASY-FILLED 2018-19 SEASON

The road to Wonderland leads to The Smith Center. At least during Nevada Ballet Theatre’s 2018-19 season.

The first season overseen by artistic director Roy Kaiser includes “Alice (in Wonderland),” which also incorporates elements from Lewis Carroll’s sequel, “Through the Looking Glass.”

When the ballet debuted at the Washington (D.C.) Ballet in 2012, Kaiser was impressed by Septime Webre’s “very clean, very sharp” choreography and Matthew Pierce’s original score. (To be performed by a live orchestra in Las Vegas.)

Another plus: the chance to include NBT Academy students in another production besides “The Nutcracker.”

NBT is “really working to strengthen that line from the academy to the company,” Kaiser notes.

Beyond “The Nutcracker,” NBT will celebrate another holiday, Halloween, with “Dracula” — a different version than the one NBT staged in 2006.

Also worthy of celebration: legendary choreographer George Balanchine, whose “Raymonda Variations” joins NBT’s repertoire, as does “Firebird,” powered by Igor Stravinsky’s groundbreaking score.

Both the company’s Cirque du Soleil collaboration, A Choreographer’s Showcase, and subscribers-only Studio Series return for the
2018-19 season.

Next season’s NBT lineup also features the company’s second world premiere in as many seasons, this one from Nicolo Fonte, resident choreographer of Portland’s Oregon Ballet Theatre and Salt Lake City’s Ballet West.

Staging new works is always a risk, Kaiser concedes, “but when it hits, boy, is it exciting to be a part of it as an audience member.”

Photography by Jerry Metellus 

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