Ballet Arizona presents its season finale production, the world premiere of Eroica. After Ib Andersen’s earlier works at the garden, Topia and Round, the latest work of the company’s artistic director invites audiences to experience the beauty of the Arizona desert, Ballet Arizona dancers and Beethoven’s Third Symphony. Eroica will be performed May 15 – June 2, at Desert Botanical Garden.
Eroica is the second new work in a series of five annual performances at the garden that are made possible by gifts from the Dorrance Family Foundation, Carol and Randy Schilling, and supporters of the New Works Initiative.
In this newest production, Andersen challenges conventional expectations and reawakens the human spirit in an immersive tribute to the past, present and future. Eroica promises to be one of Andersen’s most important works, pushing the boundaries of ballet and pursuing a deeper understanding of what it is to be human today. The show is his response to the divisive influences seen in today’s world.
“I hope that people come out of this experience with a lot of different ideas and feelings,” says Andersen. “Eroica is going to be a very visual show, one that leaves you with an uplifting message in the end, with hope and trust in humanity.”
Internationally acclaimed lighting designer Michael Korsch will illuminate the powerful energy on stage with colors and textures that sculpt the human body and underscore the uncommon beauty of desert surroundings.
Celebrated costume designer Fabio Toblini reveals the dancers’ lithe figures with a playful and elegant style.
Underlying this visual feast is Beethoven’s celebrated Third Symphony, a score that transcended tradition and changed perspectives with its technical and emotional complexity, ushering in a new era of music.
Ticket options include upgraded table seating and stadium-style general admission seats. Patrons can enhance their experience by arriving early to witness the behind-the-scenes magic as Ballet Arizona’s professional company dancers warm up on stage as the sun sets, as well enjoy a meal and cocktails available for purchase at the venue before the performance.
May 15 – June 2
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
For more information/tickets, visit balletaz.org or call the box office at 602-381-1096.