In 2014 a group of dedicated volunteers and artists reconnected to build on the artistic legacy of the Cleveland San Jose Ballet and form Cleveland Ballet. Under the artistic leadership and vision of Gladisa Guadalupe, Cleveland has the opportunity to welcome a professional and resident dance company back to the stage.
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. This production featured a full evening of traditional and innovative ballet performed in collaboration with Neos Dance Theatre of Mansfield, Ohio under the co-direction of Neos’ Bobby Wesner and Cleveland Ballet’s Gladisa Guadalupe. The collaboration addresses an important Cleveland Ballet tenant, to create artistic partnerships with the area’s leading cultural organizations. This debut production was presented to a nearly sold-out audience and exemplified Cleveland Ballet’s collaborative spirit, and the community support demonstrates that a passion for professional ballet exists in Cleveland.
As we prepare for our next production at Playhouse Square, Cleveland Ballet has simultaneously established a number of exciting education and outreach programs such as our collaboration with Warrensville Heights and Bedford School Districts, and The Cleveland Orchestra’s Family Concert series.
The world premiere production of Coppélia, choreographed by the acclaimed artist Ramón Oller, concluded our inaugural season. On Friday, April 7, 2017 we return to the Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square with Ramón Oller for another full length world premiere ballet: A Midsummer Nights Dream – Click here to get your tickets: http://www.playhousesquare.org/events/detail/a-midsummer-nights-dream
THE RESIDENT PROFESSIONAL COMPANY
For the past three years, Ms. Guadalupe has conducted auditions across the country to build a professional and resident company. Currently, Cleveland Ballet has contracts with 14 professional dancers, 2 artists in residence and 3 apprentices to create the 2018-2019 company. A company of professional resident dancers means that Cleveland Ballet can assure its audiences experience productions that exhibit artistry of the the highest caliber. An exemplary company also provides guest and resident choreographers an opportunity to craft unique works that speak to our Cleveland talent. In short, a resident professional dance company will transform Cleveland’s performing arts landscape by completing our cultural landscape and adding to our city’s exciting renaissance.
Without compromising artistic standards, the new Cleveland Ballet will be smaller, more flexible, and more innovative than traditional ballet companies. Should additional dancers be needed, Cleveland Ballet will audition dancers from Cleveland and surrounding areas as well as collaborate with other professional ballet companies such as Joffrey Ballet Concert Group of New York City.
During its brief tenure, Cleveland Ballet has contributed and will continue to contribute to the cultural richness of Northeast Ohio, impacting the economy as well as the quality of life.
Click here to see Award-winning filmmaker Steven Hacker‘s documentary Cleveland Ballet. Its proud history. Its promising future. It is a wonder film about the team behind the new Cleveland Ballet.