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Jan 4, 2019

AZ Big Media: Ballet Arizona will present world premiere ‘The Firebird’

“While the story of The Firebird stems from a classic Russian tale, Andersen’s rendition reimagines the story using a futuristic lens that explores love, fantasy, and escapism. The Firebird unfolds in an undefined setting, where the aesthetics of warriors, monsters and aliens combine to create an otherworldly experience unlike any other performance presented by Ballet Arizona.” Click here to read […]

Jan 4, 2019

Modern Luxury: The Art of Living

“From overseeing rehearsals on one show to choreographing movements for another, it’s plain to see that Ib Andersen, Ballet Arizona’s artistic director, likes to keep things, well, moving.” Click here to read the full article!

Jan 4, 2019

Phoenix New Times: The Best Things We Saw in 2018

“Ballet Arizona delivered an intriguing mix of new and recent works during New Moves, performed September 27 to 30 at the Orpheum Theatre. The lineup included the return of “Rio,” a playful riff on Brazilian culture set to music by Philip Glass. Complete with gyrating hips and colors drawn from the rainforest, the piece choreographed by […]

Oct 4, 2018

Ballet Arizona Blog: Behind the Scenes of The Sleeping Beauty

Artistic Director Ib Anderson gives his insight on the most iconic fairy tale ballet of all time, The Sleeping Beauty, which you can see October 25 – 28 at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix!Click Here to read the full blog!

Sep 26, 2018

AZ BIG Media:Ballet Arizona brings ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to Symphony Hall

“This celebrated classic, set to the Phoenix Symphony’s live performance of Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, will sweep you off of your feet leaving you spellbound from true love’s kiss.”.. Click Here to read the full article.

Jun 1, 2018

AZ Redbook: “Ballet Arizona and Desert Botanical Garden Join Forces for ‘Eroica’”

“Ballet Arizona’s Prima Circle and Desert Botanical Garden’s Patrons Circle celebrated the opening night and world premiere performance of Eroica on May 15. The production, choreographed by Ib Andersen, Ballet Arizona artistic director, was staged at Desert Botanical Garden and performed…” Read more.

May 11, 2018

Arizona Republic: “Will Ballet Arizona’s ‘Eroica’ be a masterpiece at Desert Botanical Garden?”

“Maybe it’s just that famous Danish reserve, but Ib Andersen is not any easy man to get to know. Ballet Arizona’s longtime artistic director is laconic, slow to make eye contact, clearly uncomfortable around strangers. Anything but falsely modest, he tends to…” Read more.

Apr 29, 2018

Arizona Republic: “Ballet Arizona star Natalia Magnicaballi takes her final bow”

“Ballet Arizona dancer Natalia Magnicaballi was a star the moment she stepped onstage at Phoenix’s Symphony Hall. Check that. She was already a rising star. She started dancing professionally at age 13 in her native Argentina and became…” Read more.

Aug 19, 2016

Opening Night of Round – ‘Uptown Magazine’

Members from Ballet Arizona’s Prima Circle and Desert Botanical Garden’s Patrons Circle celebrated the Opening Night performance of ‘Round’. Read more.

Aug 19, 2016

‘Dance With Me’ Honors Jacquie Dorrance at Ballet Arizona’s Annual Gala

Ballet Arizona’s annual gala, “Dance With Me,” honored longtime supporter of the arts Jacquie Dorrance. The Jan. 22 occasion at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts was attended by more than 400 guests for dinner, a sneak-peek performance of Ballet Arizona’s upcoming production The Sleeping Beauty and dancing. Read more.

Aug 19, 2016

Ballet Arizona Prima Circle Members Enjoy Exclusive Appreciation Evening

On Jan. 29, more than 100 of Ballet Arizona’s Prima Circle members enjoyed an exclusive evening filled with educational content provided by Ib Andersen, artistic director, dinner catered by Tarbell’s and a post-performance reception where they were able to interact with the many talented dancers of Ballet Arizona. Read more.

Mar 27, 2015

Phoenix New Times: “Ballet Arizona Presents ‘Today’s Masters,’ Premieres Two New Works”

“It’s been more than a decade since Ib Andersen, artistic director for Ballet Arizona, wowed us with his choreography and set design for Mosaik, which premiered in phoenix in 2004, and was performed again in 2006… Read more.”

Jan 2, 2015

The New York Times: “Royal Danish Ballet Brings Bournonville Back to New York”

“For more than half a century, Americans have felt a kind of fascination for Danish dancers. The attraction datse at least to the 1950s, when a small group from the Royal Danish Ballet traveled to the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass., for the first time… Read more.”

Sep 3, 2014

The New York Times: “Discovery and Rediscovery”

“…More remarkably, thought, on Feb. 12, Ballet Arizona in Phoenix will become the first American company ever to perform Bournonville’s exuberant three-act ‘Napoli’ (1842); its artistic director is Ib Andersen, who is staging this production. Of all the ballets of the 19th century, ‘Napoli’ is one that best celebrates this world, real life, vitality, and […]

Apr 18, 2014

Arizona Executive Magazine: “Taking the Next Steps: Local Attorney Found Time for a Valued Arts Performing Arts Organization”

“Real estate attorney and Lewis Roca Rothberger managing partner Ken Van Winkle, Jr. joined the board of Ballet Arizona because of a heartfelt comment his teenage daughter Ally made one morning as he was driving her to school… Read more.”

Nov 19, 2013

The New York Times: “Defectors Land on Their Feet”

“We knew we were leaving everything behind, and we didn’t know what awaited us,” Ms. Martin said last week while she and her new colleagues at Ballet Arizona were on a break from rehearsals of “Cinderella,” …Read More

Jul 8, 2013

The New York Times: “All-American Goddesses”

“Ballet Arizona dancer Jillian Barrell is noted as one of America’s up and coming young ballerinas. “Just now there are at least 11 prodigious American-born young women dancing in six different American companies, who deserve to be called ballerinas…And Ms. Barrell has danced roles by Balanchine and Ballet Arizona’s ballet master Ib Andersen with an […]

May 21, 2013

San Tan Sun: “‘Topia’ Returns to Desert Botanical Gardens with Chandler Dancer”

“Ballet Arizona dancer Joseph Cavanaugh discusses Topia, the production created specifically for the Desert Botanical Garden, with the San Tan Sun. “The naked eye really can’t pick up the entire production in one sitting,” says Joseph. “There will be different places on stage that you’ll be attracted to and there are different things happening.” Continue reading.  

May 16, 2013 “Chandler Dancer Relishes Ballet ‘Created for Arizona’”

“Thirty-three-year-old Ballet Arizona dancer Joseph Cavanaugh uses yoga; Gyrotonics, yoga in motion; cross training; hiking, and weightlifting along with massage therapy, acupuncture, dry-needling, and Rolfing to keep his body highly conditioned. Watch him perform at “Topia” now through June 1 on a massive outdoor stage at the Desert Botanical Garden.” Read more.

May 13, 2013

East Valley Tribune: “‘Topia’ Not Your Typical Night at the Ballet”

“Rather than a period piece put on in a downtown theater, Topia unfolds under the starry sky, against the backdrop of Phoenix’s holey red Papago Buttes. Ballet Arizona’s Artistic Director Ib Anderson created the show specifically for the Desert Botanical Garden, looking to the striking natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert for inspiration. Read the […]

May 13, 2013 “Ballet’s ‘Topia’ a Celebration of Nature at Desert Botanical Garden”

“Artistic director Ib Andersen’s creation premiered last May and returns to the Desert Botanical Garden. Originally inspired by Greek and Roman art, Ib discusses the costumes (or lack there of) in Topia.” Read the article.

May 10, 2013

Noticias Univision 33: “Tú Me Inspiras”

“Tú Me Inspiras a two-part series on Ballet Arizona and The School of Ballet Arizona. This originally aired on Noticias Univision 33 (newscast) Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th, 2013.” Watch part one. Watch part two.

May 8, 2013

KJZZ: “Ballet Arizona Plants Its Dancers at the Desert Botanical Garden”

“Starting next week, Ballet Arizona will stage of series of performances, Topia, outdoors at the Desert Botanical Gardens.  Ballet Arizona’s Artistic Director Ib Andersen explained his inspiration for Topia and how the setting affects the dancers and members of the audience on KJZZ.” Listen to the interview.

Apr 30, 2013 “Ballet Arizona Salutes Balanchine in Phoenix”

“Known as a ‘game-changer in the ballet world,’ legendary choreographer George Balanchine will be honored and celebrated in Ballet Arizona’s upcoming production of All Balanchine. Ballet Arizona’s Artistic Director, Ib Andersen describes Balanchine’s ballets as ‘so vastly different from each other that you wouldn’t normally think they’re from the same choreographer.’” Read the full article.

Mar 27, 2013 “AZ Central Previews Director’s Choice”

“Director’s Choice brings diverse movements to the Orpheum Theatre stage with works from three leading choreographers. Each piece offers its own style of choreography from merry and humorous to sophisticated and cool.” Read the article.

Mar 8, 2013

The New York Times: “The Prince of Ballet, Leaping Onto a New World Stage”

“David Hallberg, principal dancer at both the American Ballet Theater in New York and the Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow, attended New York Fashion Week. He discusses his role in the fashion world.” Read the article.

Mar 1, 2013

AZ-Lifestyle Magazine: “Director’s Choice”

“AZ-Lifestyle Magazine takes a close look at Director’s Choice. This program showcases three strikingly different works from three leading choreographers and focuses on classic creativity infused with contemporary sensibilities.” Read the article.

Feb 16, 2013

Art Musings: “Art Masterpiece – ‘Romeo & Juliet'”

“Art Musings declares Romeo & Juliet a true art masterpiece. The performance brings brilliant choreography, heavy costumes and lush scenic design to the stage.” Read the review.

Feb 12, 2013 “Ballet Arizona’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in Phoenix”

“‘Dancers become the music’ in one of Ib Andersen’s most acclaimed choreographic efforts. AZ Central describes the score, the passion, and the movement of Romeo and Juliet.” Read the article.

Feb 11, 2013

Ballet Arizona: “Romeo & Juliet: Meet Our Juliets”

“We took a moment to interview our Juliets. Discover what they love the production and the challenges they face as dancers in Romeo & Juliet.” Read the interviews.

Feb 8, 2013

East Valley Tribune: “Ballet Arizona Announces New Scholarship for Male Dancers”

“The School of Ballet Arizona has a new scholarship for young male dancers, in honor of famed dancer and former pupil of the school, David Hallberg.” Read more.

Feb 8, 2013 “Ballet Scholarship Named for Phoenix’s David Hallberg”

“David Hallberg, the ballet world’s most famous male dancer, was back in his hometown of Phoenix last week to promote a new scholarship in his name at Ballet Arizona.” Read more.

Oct 10, 2012

Raising Arizona Kids Magazine: “Ballet Arizona Breaks Ground on New Building”

“Ballet Arizona held an official groundbreaking ceremony for its new home, located at 2835 E. Washington St. in Phoenix, Tuesday morning. The company’s new facility, which artistic director Ib Andersen expects to be ready by about June of 2013, will house rehearsal space for company dancers, seven studios and class space for the School of Ballet Arizona, […]

Oct 1, 2012

Phoenix Business Journal: “Ballet Arizona to Break Ground on New $10M Home”

“Ballet Arizona will break ground next week on a 45,000-square-foot complex that will allow the arts organization to expand educational and outreach programs. The group will begin moving dirt Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. for its new facility, which will include amenities such as a 299-seat performance space, new studios and class spaces, as well as […]

Sep 20, 2012 “Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona Building New HQs in Phoenix”

“As they gear up for another season of grand-scale productions onstage, staffers at Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona are champing at the bit to move into spiffy new headquarters that they hope will raise both companies’ profiles in the community. Made possible by a $6.5 million cut of 2006 bond-election revenues from the city of Phoenix, […]

Jul 18, 2012 “Phoenix-Area Ballet, Symphony, and Opera Plan Joint Show”

“Instead of choosing from among the ballet, opera or symphony when making a donation to the arts, patrons of any one of those Phoenix organizations now can write a single check and support all three. Ballet Arizona, the Phoenix Symphony and the Arizona Opera are for the first time in their collective 132 years hosting a […]

Jul 7, 2012 “Ballet Arizona Still Lacks Moving Funds”

“Weekday afternoons at Ballet Arizona’s Phoenix studio often see five or six little girls in leotards hopping around in a line in front of the restroom while their classes are in progress. They’re not practicing choreography — there are just two restrooms at the dance company’s studio, which hosts 250 students each week in addition to […]

Mar 20, 2012 “Best Partnership: Phoenix Symphony and Ballet Arizona”

“Each performance company by itself is great, but the combination is greater than the sum of the parts. Too often ballet troupes around the country dance to recorded music. But ballet is supposed to be live, and it’s hard to be completely alive when half of the presentation is canned. The Phoenix Symphony is simply […]

Jan 20, 2012 “Costumer Keeps Ballet on Pointe”

“Leonor Texidor has a steady hand and a keen eye as she works her fingers through tulle and tutus, along princess seams, petticoats of brocade and jacquard, and velvet robes at Ballet Arizona in central Phoenix. She is respecting the fabric while accommodating the dancer’s body and movement while tailoring the costumes rented from the Boston […]

Mar 19, 2011

The Arizona Republic: “Ballet Arizona Offers Contemporary Works”

The Arizona Republic, by Richard Nilsen Each season, Ballet Arizona gives over one program to contemporary choreography. This year, it’s “Modern Masters,” a catchall title for a program that spans the distance from contemporary dance to classical ballet. Ballet Arizona: ‘Modern Masters’ When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2 and […]

Mar 14, 2011

Haute Living: “Classical Ballet With a Twist: Ballet Arizona Presents ‘Modern Masters'”

Haute Living, Posted By Marie Look Ballet Arizona will present “Modern Masters” at Orpheum Theatre March 24-27, a program which will include the world premiere of “Symphonie Classique,” choreographed by esteemed director Ib Anderson and the first classical original ballet he has choreographed for Ballet Arizona. “Modern Masters” will showcase a little something for everyone, […]

Mar 4, 2011

The Arizona Republic: “Blurring Line Between Ballet, Modern”

The Arizona Republic, by Richard Nilsen The 20th century – the century of Modernism – hit classical ballet, too. Early in the century, several ballet companies felt the need to update the repertoire and keep apace of events in painting, music and literature. In fact, Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes used some of the biggest names […]

Jan 2, 2011 “Ballet Arizona to Revamp Phoenix Warehouse for Use”

“Ballet dancers soon will fill an old office-furniture warehouse east of downtown Phoenix. Over the next six to eight months, construction crews will transform the 45,000-square-foot Walsh Bros. warehouse near 29th and Washington streets into a giant dance complex with seven studios, one of which will be a black-box theater. It also will house offices of […]

Jun 11, 2010

“Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America Program Hosts Troupes from Across Country”

By Lisa Traiger Nine companies will share the Kennedy Center stage next week in a weeklong festival celebrating ballet with an American accent. The second installment of the Ballet Across America program offers an eclectic sampling of what American ballet looks like after a half-century of dispersion from its centers in San Francisco, where the […]

Jun 4, 2010

The Arizona Republic: “Director Ib Andersen Passes ‘Prodigal’ Baton”

The Arizona Republic, by Richard Nilsen Director Ib Andersen passes ‘Prodigal’ baton Ib Andersen first danced George Balanchine’s “Prodigal Son” in 1986 and got rave reviews. Ballet Arizona: “Balanchine Classics” When: 8 p.m. June 11-13. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Where: Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Admission: $15-$119. Details: […]

Jun 1, 2010

Pointe Magazine: “Ballet Arizona at Ballet Across America”

For Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen, the second of the Kennedy Center’s biennial Ballet Across America festivals is a milestone in his 26-year-old troupe’s history. As one of nine invited companies, Ballet Arizona will make its Washington, D.C. debut when they perform Andersen’s newest work, “Diversions,” three times during the June festival. In making […]

Mar 2, 2010

Phoenix Business Journal: “‘Sleeping Beauty’ Sets Record for Ballet Arizona”

Valentine’s Day was fruitful for Ballet Arizona and it’s presentation of “Sleeping Beauty.” Ballet Arizona sold 10,359 tickets to the Valentine’s weekend production, selling out three of five performances. That exceeded the group’s sales goal by $64,000 and put the company on track for a banner year, despite the sputtering economy, officials said. Executives had […]

Mar 29, 2009

The Arizona Republic: “‘Masters of Movement’ with Christopher Wheeldon”

The Arizona Republic, by Richard Nilsen At only 36, Christopher Wheeldon is a superstar of contemporary-ballet choreography, widely held to be the successor of such luminaries as Kenneth MacMillan and Frederick Ashton. He was resident choreographer for George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet and recently started his own company in New York, Morphosis. He is […]