Contemporary Moves

Mainstage Production

March 28 - 31, 2024

Orpheum Theatre

This spring, join Ballet Arizona for a masterful program of four innovative works by Ib Andersen, Nayon Iovino, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Paul Taylor. This year’s selection of contemporary ballets celebrates South America, from Brazil to Argentina, inspired by its music, landscapes, and traditions.

Bag & Screening Policy

Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to showtime!

For the safety and security of all patrons, Phoenix Convention Center & Venues has implemented a screening process for all public shows at Symphony Hall and The Orpheum Theatre.

Clutch bags no larger than 8.5” x 5.5” and clear bags up to 12” x 6” x 12” are permitted. Medical and family bags are allowed.  No other bags are permitted, and all bags are subject to search.

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Studio Spotlight

Go behind-the-scenes! Join us for an in-studio rehearsal with the dancers, learn more about the production from our Artistic team, engage in a Q&A, and MORE! March 15, 2024 at 7PM - $30

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Performance Chats Performance chats give attendees the opportunity to participate in a FREE Q&A with the company dancers before or after the show.

  • Pre-Performance Chat: March 28 at 6:15pm
  • Pre-Performance Chat: March 29 at 6:45pm
  • Pre-Performance Chat: March 30 at 1:15PM

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Featured Ballets

Inner Layer

Choreography by Nayon Iovino

Music: Various Composers

First presented during Innovations in 2014, experience Resident Choreographer Nayon Iovino’s enthralling Inner Layer. Iovino’s choreography is dynamic and expressive, keeping audiences hooked to their seat from the first movement. If you enjoyed Moving Movies, don’t miss this chance to see more from this creative visionary.

Photo by Skyler Richardson

Never Was

Choreography by Alejandro Cerrudo

Music: George Frederic Handel & Henry Purcell

This excerpt from Cerrudo’s Never Was features a duet set against the iconic aria, “Ombra mai fu.” The operatic music monumentalizes the pair of dancers, amplifying their movements. Audiences will be enveloped with an emotional explosion of unity and divergence through this duet that will surely leave you wanting more.

Photo by Alexander Iziliaev

Piazzolla Caldera

Choreography by Paul Taylor

Arizona Premiere
Music: Astor Piazzolla, Jerzy Peterburshsky

Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera is a sensual display of tango reinterpreted and reimagined with modern dance. Set to the music of Astor Piazzolla, Argentine tango composer and musician, Taylor honors the tradition of tango, preserving its essence of the form in his choreography.

Photo: Jessica Ferretti and Company in Piazzolla Caldera by Ron Thiele. Courtesy of Paul Taylor Dance Company.


Choreography by Ib Andersen

Music: Phillip Glass

Set to Philip Glass’s “Days and Nights in Rocinha,” Rio explores the movement and vivacity found in Brazilian culture, featuring vibrant costumes and dynamic choreography. Inspired by samba, this playful ballet echoes the joy of carnival and the country of Brazil. 

Photo by Alexander Iziliaev

Seating Map of Orpheum Theatre

Below, you can find a seating map of Orpheum Theatre. When selecting your seat, we recommend referring to this map for an accurate depiction of the theater.

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