2016/2017 Performances & Events

With his celebrated dance career, masterful choreographic works and visionary leadership of Charlotte Ballet – Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux has been CREATING A MOVEMENT his entire life.

We invite you to join us as a season subscriber and donor for the very special 2016/2017 Season, Jean-Pierre’s final season as president and artistic director of Charlotte Ballet.

Subscriptions start as low as $82, and include priority seating, savings and flexibility.


Fall works

october  20-22, 2016
knight theater at levine center for the arts

An exuberant start to the season, Fall Works is a double feature including the work of Ohad Naharin, coming to Charlotte Ballet for the first time. Ohad’s Minus 16 has an eclectic score ranging between Dean Martin, mambo, techno and traditional Israeli music. Using improvisation and his signature “Gaga” method, Ohad crafts an experience with elements of spontaneity, while breaking down the barriers between the dancers and audience. Resident Choreographer Dwight Rhoden returns to present his ballet The Groove. Set to 1980s house music, this joyful party ballet is a fitting start to a season of celebration.


Out of Focus – a documentary on Ohad Naharin: Before you see his ballet Minus 16 at Fall Works, learn more about choreographer Ohad Naharin. See a screening of Out of Focus, a documentary about Ohad, followed by a discussion with Artistic Director Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, company dancers and the audience. Tickets are $15. BUY NOW


December 3-23, 2016
Belk Theater

Nutcracker as you’ve never seen it! Thanks to a generous gift from the McColl family in honor of Jane Spratt McColl, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux is collaborating with a world-renowned design team to re-imagine his Nutcracker production with all new sets and costumes. Complete with live music from the Charlotte Symphony, your holidays are made even more special with the magic of Nutcracker!


Want to be among the first the experience the new Nutcracker? Join us at Night at the Nutcracker, a one night only experience that includes a magical holiday party for all ages and excerpts from Act 1. LEARN MORE

Innovative Works

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

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.

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Sleeping beauty

March 10-19, 2017
Knight Theater at levine center for the arts

Sleeping Beauty’s timeless tale of the beautiful Princess Aurora, a dashing prince and the triumph of good over evil has delighted audiences for years. Originally created by the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1890, Sleeping Beauty remains a treasured ballet classic. Jean-Pierre is joined by Associate Artistic Director Patricia McBride to stage this opulent production, with gorgeous sets and costumes and a cast of fanciful characters. Join us in Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted kingdom, as this beloved childhood story leaves you feeling happily ever after.

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wuthering heights

April 27-29, 2017
Knight Theater at levine center for the arts

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte’s literary masterpiece, is a passionate story of love and revenge boldly adapted into a ballet by Associate Artistic Director Sasha Janes. Called “king of the pas de deux,” Sasha has a reputation for creating ballets that leave the audience as breathless as the dancers. Wuthering Heights tells the story of the unfortunate lovers Heathcliff and Catherine who, despite a deep affection for one another, are forced to live apart by circumstance and prejudice. With Sasha’s intricate choreography and unique storytelling style, he’ll transport you to the 1800s. Jean-Pierre’s final season comes to an end similar to where he began. Wuthering Heights opens with a performance of contemporary choreographer Alonzo King’s MAP, the first ballet Jean-Pierre commissioned for the company 20 years ago.

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