Cleveland Ballet in the News

Announcing the 2022 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Winners
January 20, 2022

Nine winners have been selected to receive Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio this year.

A tradition since 1971, the Governor's Awards showcase and celebrate exceptional Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts leaders and patrons, and business support of the arts. Award recipients are presented with the only arts award in the state that is conferred by the governor.

In recognition of their impactful and visionary leadership in Ohio’s creative sector and their sustained dedication to promoting artistic excellence, awardees will be honored during a ceremony on May 11, 2022.

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In The World of Beauty Nutcracker Review
January 18, 2022
by Bakhtiyar Bakhtiyarov

A year has passed since I met one of the leading soloists of the Cleveland Ballet working as a cloakroom attendant at the LifeTime Fitness center. "Everything is shut down," he said contritely, "I'm just trying to survive."

Many lost their jobs, companies were doing bankrupt. It was difficult to imagine how would our very young and tender ballet survive.

But here comes the great, unexpected news flash: Cleveland Ballet has been reborn. I could not believe my eyes - the ballet announced five Christmas performances at Connor Palace – with its 2800 seats being one of the largest theater halls in the world! It seemed like madness, but " To the madness of the brave, we sing this glory!..."

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Improved Cleveland Ballet Shines in ‘The Nutcracker’ [REVIEW]
January 02, 2022
By Steve Sucato

Cleveland’s premier The Nutcracker production by the Cleveland Ballet returned once again to Playhouse Square December 3-5 after a yearlong hiatus because of the global pandemic. The annual production that regularly plays to sold-out audiences, was performed for the first time at the larger Connor Palace Theatre. In doing so, the production got a bit of a revamp especially in its set design; a hodgepodge of painted drop curtains and video projections culled together to fit the new theater space. While the set design remains a work-in-progress, audiences this year also got a good look at the company’s new dancer compliment, arguably the finest overall the company has put on stage to date.

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Cleveland Ballet dazzles Playhouse Square with the Nutcracker
December 09, 2021
by Kaitlin Ryan, Arts and Life Editor

Cleveland Ballet returned to the stage nearly seven years ago. On Dec. 4, the company performed “The Nutcracker” at Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace. Artistic Director Gladisa Guadalupe welcomed viewers of all ages — little girls in red bows and sweet elderly couples holding hands — for the two-act production. This was one of the five performances offered to Cleveland this holiday season.

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Cleveland Ballet gives new hope to Armenian family of dancers
December 01, 2021

The Cleveland Ballet is back on stage. That's good news for dancers and audience members alike.

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The Nutcracker to open on Playhouse Square
November 29, 2021
By Aria Janel

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Playhouse Square is finally lifting the curtain for its first holiday season in two years.
Their first show, The Nutcracker, opens its four-show run on Dec. 3.
The return was made possible by an $8 million donation was given to Playhouse Square through Save Our Stages relief legislation that passed during the pandemic.
“We’re all deeply grateful for what you’ve done for us,” said dancer Kevin Baker.

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Cleveland Ballet’s Condensed Don Q is a Keeper
November 21, 2021
By Steve Sucato

A Don Quixote for a modern audience is how Cleveland Ballet artistic director Gladisa Guadalupe described the 7-year-old company’s new paired-down ballet production. In it, Miguel de Cervantes’s familiar Don Quixote tale was delivered in 2-acts instead of the traditional 3 or 4 acts often used. Guadalupe’s interpretation, with choreography after Marius Petipa’s 1871 ballet production, zeroed in on the love story between Spanish villagers Kitri and Basilio and moved away from portraying its windmill fighting title character as being unhinged.

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