Surrounded by the lush desert landscape with the setting sun as a backdrop, this performance challenges emotional boundaries. Eroica is choreographed to Beethoven’s Third Symphony, which ushered in a new era of music and changed perspectives with its technical and emotional complexity.
“Eroica’s choreography is about the past, present and hopefully about the future,” Andersen says. “This ballet will leave you with an uplifting message and belief that in human nature good survives over bad. This is not a story ballet — it’s an emotional ballet. I want to connect on an emotional level, and I want you to be moved and not even understand why you are feeling that way.”
Audiences raved about Eroica last season, calling it one of Andersen’s greatest works. 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 dancers warm up on stage as the sun sets. Food and cocktails or wine are available for purchase at the venue before the performance.
The Ballet Arizona performance series at Desert Botanical Garden is made possible by support from the Dorrance Family Foundation, Carol and Randy Schilling, and supporters of the New Works Initiative.
May 14 – June 1, 8 p.m.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
For more information and tickets, visit balletaz.org.