Performances

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40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 

2:00 pm and 7:00 pm 

Saturday, November 19, 2022 

Chenery Auditorium 

 

ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION 

Follows each performance 

Free admission 

Chenery Auditorium Reception Room 

 

To open Ballet Arts Ensemble’s (BAE) 40th season, Artistic Director Cathleen Huling has chosen to present a  mixed repertoire concert that looks back on BAE’s 40-year history and includes favorites selected by our  patrons, alumnae, and Ms. Huling. The performances will take place at classic Chenery Auditorium on  Saturday, November 19, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  

A few of the works included are: 

Tick Tock, first performed in 1987 and now reset by original choreographer David Curwen, retired  professor of dance at Western Michigan University  

Friends, selected for the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in the late 1990’s  

Just Playing Around with music performed live by Barry Ross and Sophie Van Der Westhuizen • It’s All About . . . , a collaboration with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the late, world-renowned  artist Kirk Newman 

The Dinner Party, an all-time favorite 

Each performance will be followed by a reception where attendees will have the opportunity to mingle and  meet Ms. Huling, the dancers, and other performers.  

Tickets go on sale at the Kalamazoo Community Box Office (269.250.6984) on Monday, October 3. They may  also be purchased online at BAEtickets.org. Ticket prices range from $15 to $22 with a special $15 rate for  groups of 20 or more.


Nutcracker "Sweets"
December 11
1 PM, 2:30 PM, 4 PM
Ladies Library Association

Tickets go on sale Dec 3 online and at the Community Box Office 269.250.6984

Spring Concert
Twelve Dancing Princesses
March 18 & 19

Live Concerts

BAE presents two concerts each season that include full-length ballets (The Magical Toy Shop, The Skaters, Pas de Quatre, Les Sylphides, The 12 Dancing Princesses, Cinderella, Peter and the Wolf, Red Shoes, Aladdin’s Magic Lamp, La Boutique Fantasque, and Café Parisian) and mixed-repertoire performances with professional dancers and choreographers that often feature excerpts from classical ballets (Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Rodeo, and Paquita).  Every other year, BAE produces a full-length Nutcracker in collaboration with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO) and the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus, featuring professional dancers in principal roles. 

BAE has performed in numerous community events including Michigan Youth Arts Festival, KSO Family Discovery and Youth Concert Series, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ Sunday Funday, Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Concerts, and Festival of Trees.  BAE also works closely with area artists and arts organizations in other collaborative events and reaches out to the community, performing for area schools, hospitals, senior residences, and local organizations. 

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2022-23 Season

Fall Concert:
Dinner Party

Accompanied by the
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 19th

2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Chenery Auditorium

Winter Concert:
Nutcracker Sweets

Sunday, December 11th 

1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4 pm
Ladies Library Association 

 

​Spring Concert:
12 Dancing Princesses

Saturday, March 18th 2 pm and 7 pm
Sunday, March 19th 2:00 pm
Location: TBD