Los Angeles Ballet debuted in December 2006 with its original production ofThe Nutcracker choreographed by Founding Co-Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary.
LAB’s repertoire focuses on works and styles intimately known to, and mastered by, the artistic directors: Balanchine masterpieces as staged by Colleen Neary, and the revered Bournonville ballets as imparted by Thordal Christensen. As a répétiteur for The George Balanchine Trust, Ms. Neary is one of the rarified few charged with carrying on the Balanchine legacy and genius. Balanchine’s mentorship of Colleen as a young dancer and as a répétiteur results in LAB’s superior interpretation of his masterworks. In 2009 LAB presented Bournonville’s La Sylphide, its first full-length classical story ballet after The Nutcracker.
In addition to performing classical ballets such as Giselle and Swan Lake, Los Angeles Ballet has commissioned thirteen new works, one developed out of LAB’s Choreographic Workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to identify and nurture Southern Californian choreographic talent.
A key component of Los Angeles Ballet’s mission is to ‘tour’ Los Angeles. While rehearsals take place at the Los Angeles Ballet Center, LAB regularly performs across the County at seven, rotated venues, which have included Royce Hall and Freud Playhouse at UCLA, Alex Theatre in Glendale, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, and The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
LAB’s Power of Performance! (POP!) outreach program has provided thousands of free tickets to underserved and disadvantaged children, veterans, seniors, and their families, through collaboration with community partners.
To perform outstanding classical and modern ballets that set the standard for dance in Los Angeles, nationally and internationally.
To passionately pursue innovation and creativity in performances. To preserve the best choreographic work of the past and become the impetus for the best choreography yet to come.
To be an exciting arts organization and the “place to be” for the most talented dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, artists, designers, staff and volunteers.
To be an instrument of hope, healing and joy, sharing the gift of dance with the broadest possible audience and in particular, distressed communities.
To develop and strengthen Los Angeles Ballet’s financial and organizational foundation.
To captivate Los Angeles’ large and diverse audience who will become devoted, supportive patrons.
The Back And Forth (2011) Choreography by Sonya Tayeh
Artistic Directors: Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary
Location: Los Angeles
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