Innovative Works

January 27-February 18, 2017 | Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance

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Passion, intensity, movement…Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux created Innovative Works to present contemporary ballet in an intimate venue. The first Innovative Works performance was in 1997, just after Jean-Pierre took over as artistic director. Twenty years later it is one of Charlotte Ballet’s most popular performances, now housed in the 200-seat theater at the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance. Choreographer Mark Diamond was part of Jean-Pierre’s first Innovative Works performance, and he’ll be joined by Resident Choreographer Sasha Janes and former company member David Ingram, for this season’s twentieth year of Innovative Works. The performance includes a dessert reception with the dancers and artistic staff following the show, so stick around for your chance to tell Jean- Pierre about your favorite Innovative Works moments.

Tickets start at only $25!

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Your Perfect Innovative Works Date Night

Make it a night out in Uptown with Innovative Works and our favorite spots for dinner and drinks. Read More>>

20 Years of Innovative Works Memories

As we mark the 20th year of Innovative Works performances, hear some of our favorite moments from the over 105 ballets performed. Read More>>

A Day in the Life of Dancer Josh Hall

Josh takes you through a day in his life as he prepares for Innovative Works from rehearsals to costume fittings. Read More>>



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Performance Photos

Enjoy a preview of photos from Innovative Works

Tickets & Pricing

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Single tickets for Innovative Works range from $25-$80.

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What to do Uptown

The Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance is located in uptown Charlotte, which is home to many museums focusing on art, history and culture. Looking for a place to grab a meal before or after a show? Check out a listing of all the restaurants uptown or learn more about where to grab a glass of wine or a drink. Finding so much to do that you need some extra time? Uptown has plenty of options for accommodations.


Who is Charlotte Ballet?

Led by internationally acclaimed President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Charlotte Ballet is known for its strong dancers and versatile repertoire, ranging from classical ballet like the Nutcracker, to bold, contemporary works. The company of 25 professional dancers, who make Charlotte their home, annually present five performance series in Charlotte during a season spanning from October to April. During the summer, the dancers and artistic staff serve as Company in Residence at The Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y., where Bonnefoux has been artistic director since 1983.

Former New York City Ballet star Patricia McBride, serves as associate artistic director and master teacher of Charlotte Ballet Academy, which trains 700 students annually. In December 2014, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Associate Artistic Director Patricia McBride with a 2014 Kennedy Center Honor.

Charlotte Ballet has nationally recognized educational and community programs, including the Reach scholarship dance program.

In 2010, the organization built the Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance in uptown Charlotte. The Center for Dance houses administrative and rehearsal spaces, as well as a 200-seat theater.

Innovative Works Support From:


An investment in technology was made possible by support from the Reemprise Fund for use in David Ingram’s new work Flamouriá, as well as future ballets.

Charlotte Ballet’s repertoire performances are made possible by a transformational gift from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, investing in the creation and acquisition of contemporary blockbuster and master works, and additional weeks of work for the Charlotte Ballet artists.