From the fascinating history of dance in Cleveland starting at the beginning of the 20th century, Dr. Michael Krasnyansky, a successful Ukrainian businessman who settled in the Cleveland area, and his wife Gladisa Guadalupe, a wonderful dancer originally from Puerto Rico, have made their mission to build on the vision and business acumen of Adella Prentiss and impresario Giacomo Bernardi. Prentiss and Bernardi were instrumental in the development of Cleveland’s dance audience. They were responsible of bringing one of the world’s foremost ballerinas of the 20th century, Anna Pavlova, as well as the internationally famous Diaghilev Ballets Russes which performed in this city during their first U.S. tour.
Today and under their artistic vision, business expertise and leadership Dr. Krasnyansky and Ms. Guadalupe have established the city’s resident ballet company, Cleveland Ballet, successfully filling the void of classical and contemporary ballet.
RETURNING TO THE STAGE
Cleveland Ballet marked its return to the Cleveland arts scene with the artistically and financially successful October 2015 production, Past. Present. Future. In the spring of 2016, Cleveland Ballet commissioned Spanish choreographer, Ramón Oller, to create the ballet Coppélia. The first season came to a conclusion with sold-out houses and great reviews. Our second and third seasons were filled with great artistic and financial growth. During these seasons our ballet company became resident ballet company of Playhouse Square, the second largest arts complex in the nation, commissioned the ballet Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Ramón Oller, as well as Alice choreographed by Tony Award & Drama Desk Award Nominee, Margo Sappington. In the subsequent season classic works like ‘Les Sylphides’, Le Corsaire and Don Quixote Pas de Deuxs, have been also presented. In addition, more contemporary works like A Collage of Frank Sinatra Songs, Concerto, and Provocativo, skillfully created for the artists of the company by artistic director, Gladisa Guadalupe, have been well received by audiences. A holiday tradition, the ballet ‘The Nutcracker,’ also was choreographed by our artistic director and performed to sold-out houses. The new production of Carmen premiered in 2019.
THE RESIDENT PROFESSIONAL COMPANY
For the past few years, Ms. Guadalupe has conducted auditions across the country and abroad to continue building Cleveland’s resident professional ballet company. Currently, Cleveland Ballet has contracted dancers from Untied States as well as countries from around the world. A company of professional artists can assure its audiences productions that exhibit artistry of the highest caliber. An exemplary company also provides guest and resident choreographers an opportunity to craft unique works that speak to our talent. In short, our resident company transforms Cleveland’s performing arts scene by completing our cultural landscape and adds to our city’s exciting renaissance.
Without compromising artistic high standards, Cleveland Ballet is a smaller, more flexible and more innovative company than traditional ballet companies.
During its brief tenure, Cleveland Ballet has contributed and is determined to continue contributing to the cultural richness of Northeast Ohio, impacting the economy as well as the quality of life.
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