2017/2018 SEASON

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A Charlotte Ballet performance transforms the artist and audience. The artists become storytellers, tools for the choreographers and motion for the music. For the audience – a performance can lift you out of the everyday, take you to new worlds and give you a moment to pause or feel exhilarated.

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Fall Works

October 19-21, 2017  |  Knight Theater

Presented by: Greg Ott Center for Physical Therapy & Sports Performance

Fall Works explores the exciting evolution of Charlotte Ballet, starting with a look to what the future holds, with Johan Inger’s Walking Mad. Described as a “stylistic game changer” by Artistic Director Hope Muir, Johan’s choreographic talent was first discovered by contemporary ballet choreographer Jiri Kylian, whose work Charlotte Ballet has performed over the past several seasons.

A tribute to Charlotte Ballet’s legacy, Fall Works features George Balanchine’s Apollo, staged by legendary Balanchine dancer and Kennedy Center Honoree Patricia McBride.

Elsa Canasta, a dark, funny, sexy evocation of the world of Cole Porter, choreographed by Javier de Frutos, makes an exhilarating finale to the performance. Featuring a collaboration with Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative and performed with a live jazz singer, Elsa Canasta was originally created with Artistic Director Hope Muir and holds a special place in her career.


Night at the Nutcracker

December 8, 2017  |  Belk Theater

Presented by: Bank of America

Night at the Nutcracker is a celebration of the sights and sounds of the holidays! Nutcracker comes alive in Founders Hall, transformed into The Land of Sweets, with festive activities for the entire family. Hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments, both sweet and savory, accompany decadent desserts and holiday treats. Special music, a silent auction and children’s activities in the Snowflake Village add to the excitement.

Following the Land of Sweets Reception, you’ll experience the ultimate holiday party, when  you see excerpts of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker, complete with enchanting sets and gorgeous costumes. Your holidays will not be complete without attending Night at the Nutcracker!




December 9-23, 2017  |  Belk Theater

Presented by: Bank of America

Gather your family and friends and enjoy Charlotte’s favorite holiday tradition – Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker. This holiday spectacular is complete with extravagant sets and costumes and the treasured music of Tchaikovsky performed live.



January 26-February 17, 2018
Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance

Innovative Works, one of Charlotte Ballet’s most popular performances, showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting. The 200-seat theater at the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance provides the perfect venue, bringing the artist and audience together for a truly unique experience.  For an added bonus – tickets include a dessert reception with the dancers and artistic staff following the show.

This Season’s performance includes new ballets by Charlotte Ballet Resident Choreographer Sasha Janes and Robyn Mineko Williams, a three-time Princess Grace choreography award winner and former colleague of Artistic Director Hope Muir at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Stay tuned…a third choreographer will be announced this fall!



March 3, 2018 |Knight Theater

Presented by: PNC

Charlotte Ballet’s annual Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte Gala pairs celebrities from the community with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet. The Stars compete to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and their chosen charity while you vote for your favorite pair live! After the competition, YOU take the stage and dance the night away with a live band.



March 9-18, 2018  |  Knight Theater

Presented by: Ally

After receiving rave reviews in London, Javier de Frutos and the Pet Shop Boys’ The Most Incredible Thing makes its American debut right here in Charlotte. Audiences young and old are sure to enjoy this fairytale pop ballet of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable about a King who holds a competition to determine who can make the “most incredible thing.” A mesmerizing display of talent and creativity, you must see this most incredible performance!

The Most Incredible Thing at Sadler’s Wells Theater in London.


April 26-28, 2018  |  Knight Theater

Presented by: Barings

Energy and discovery abound at Spring Works with the introduction of three new choreographers to Charlotte Ballet, including former Charlotte Ballet dancer Bryan Arias, who Artistic Director Hope Muir regards as one of the most promising emerging choreographers today. Bryan is joined by fellow up-and-comer Filipe Portugal, who makes his North American choreographic debut at Charlotte Ballet. The seasoned and highly acclaimed choreographer Helen Pickett is reprising her mesmerizing pas de deux Tsukiyo. Closing the performance, the return of Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 leaves you feeling enlightened and entertained.