A look at Orlando Ballet's 2011-12 season, now available in promotional brochures from the ballet, shows a focus on edgier, contemporary dance.
The brochure's preface by artistic director Robert Hill states, "Moving forward, my goal is to continue to present classic ballets, but also to explore contemporary styles of dance and new possibilities to propel Orlando Ballet towards even more national exposure in the coming year."
Yet, looking through the brochure you'd be hard-pressed to find any strictly classic ballets on offer.
There is "The Nutcracker," of course. And plans call for a version of "Swan Lake," with the Tchaikovsky music. But the planned Orlando Ballet version is called "Swans Black & White." It's billed as an "updated version" featuring Hill's choreography, based on the work of Marius Petipa.
There will be new installments of both "Bailamos" — which does feature excerpts from classic Latin-based ballets — and "Battle of the Sexes."
The big fall production will be "Vampire's Ball," described as: "An evening of edgy, contemporary dance, this production will explore darker themes and feature electrifying new choreography."
Here's the Orlando Ballet season schedule by date:
• Vampire's Ball: Oct. 21-23
• The Nutcracker: Dec. 16-18
• Battle of the Sexes III: Feb. 10-12, 2012
• Bailamos: March 2012 (exact date not determined)
• Swans Black & White: March 30-April 1, 2012
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