2020/21 SeasonOctober 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - May 2, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
First-Ever Performances at Steinmetz Hall and Harriett's Orlando Ballet Centre
Our 2020/21 season features a world premiere by Orlando Ballet’s artistic director Robert Hill and two full-length productions by Orlando Ballet’s newest artist in residence Jorden Morris. A former principal dancer with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Jorden Morris choreographs, teaches, and directs for prestigious dance companies across the country. In addition to premiering two full-length productions with Orlando Ballet this season, Morris will be a guest teacher at Orlando Ballet School’s summer intensives for the next two years and continue working with the company through the 2021-22 season.
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The Sleeping Beauty
October 23-25, 2020 | Dr. Phillips Center
Kicking off the 2020-21 season is the world premiere of artistic director Robert Hill’s The Sleeping Beauty at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The charming fairytale will feature some of classical ballet’s most challenging yet enchanting choreography. Follow the story of Princess Aurora, the evil Carabosse, and charming Prince Désiré, who awakens Sleeping Beauty from her 100-year slumber. Featuring luxurious sets and costumes, Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and a cast of fanciful characters, The Sleeping Beauty will awaken the senses.
December 4-13, 2020 | Dr. Phillips Center
Orlando Ballet presents the beloved holiday tradition, The Nutcracker over two weekends December 4 through 13, 2020. Join Clara as she’s taken on a magical journey through the Land of Sweets, complete with the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, dancing snowflakes, Mother Ginger and more. From the moment the curtain goes up, to the final bow, a trip to Orlando Ballet’s The Nutcracker is an unforgettable holiday treat. Join the thousands of Central Floridians who make this production their holiday tradition; early booking is recommended.
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Moulin Rouge® The Ballet
February 12-14, 2021 | Dr. Phillips Center
In the spirit of the Moulin Rouge of Paris. Get up close and personal with the bohemian world of Paris in its heyday and the spiritual birthplace of the Cancan as Moulin Rouge® The Ballet transports audiences to the most famous cabaret in history. Choreographed by acclaimed director and choreographer, Jorden Morris, experience the explosive story of young love and rising stardom set against a sizzling Parisian backdrop. Moulin Rouge® The Ballet will be performed at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts February 12 through 14, 2021. MOULIN ROUGE® is a registered trademark of Moulin Rouge S.A.
Icons & Idols A Mixed Rep
March 26-28, 2021 | Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre
Celebrate the most iconic ballet pieces of all time in one beautiful production. Icons & Idols – A Mixed Rep features excerpts of famous ballets including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Carmen Suite, Firebird and more. From classical to contemporary, there will be something for audiences of all ages. Icons & Idols – A Mixed Rep marks the very first mainstage production in Orlando Ballet’s new home, Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre, March 26 through 28, 2021.
April 30-May 2, 2021 | Dr. Phillips Center
Fly through a starlit London night and dive headfirst into a magical adventure in Neverland in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan. First the movie, then the musical and now the ballet, this full-length production choreographed by Jorden Morris will be filled with pixie dust and all your favorite characters, from Tinkerbell to the Lost Boys, to Captain Hook and his swashbuckling pirates. With all of its energy, humor and poignant movement, Peter Pan will delight the child in us all.
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• 6 October 1889: The Moulin Rouge opens at the foot of the Montmartre hill. The aim of its founders, Jospeh Oller and Charles Zidler, is to allow the very rich to come and slum it in a fashionable district, where people live differently from other parts of Paris. The place attracts men and women, the middle classes and rich foreigners passing through Paris as well as artists and ordinary folk. There was much laughter at the many acts that became famous (Pétomane, the clowns Footit and Chocolat etc). The French cancan, a new dance inspired by the quadrille, enchanted the spectators. Nicknamed “The First Palace of Women” by Oller and Zidler, the cabaret quickly becomes a great success.· The first revue, “Circassiens et Circassiennes” is launched in April 1890. Toulouse-Lautrec creates the posters for the Moulin Rouge from 1891, the first being “La Goulue”.• 29 July 1907: first appearance of Mistinguett on stage at the Moulin Rouge in the “Revue de la Femme”. The following year she has a huge success with Max Dearly in “la Valse chaloupée”.• Until the First World War, the Moulin Rouge becomes a real temple of operetta. Further successful shows followed: “Voluptata”, “La Feuille de Vigne”, “le Rêve d’Egypte” “Tais-toi tu m’affoles” and many others, each with a more evocative title than the last.
• After the war, Francis Salabert takes charge of the Moulin Rouge. The cabaret then experiences a new popularity thanks to Jacques-Charles and Mistinguett – their shows that were to become mythical: “la Revue Mistinguett” (1925), “Ça c’est Paris” (1926), “Paris qui tourne” (1928). American revues, including the Hoffmann Girls, are put on for the first time in Paris.
• In the 1930s, the ballroom is transformed into the most ultra-modern Night Club of the time. The Moulin Rouge welcomes the Cotton Club in 1937.
• 22 June 1951: Georges France, called Jo France, founder of the Balajo, acquires the Moulin Rouge and starts major renovation work. The evening dances, the acts and of course the famous French cancan are all back at the Moulin Rouge, and famous artists follow one on the other (Luis Mariano, Charles Trénet, Charles Aznavour, Line Renaud, Bourvil, Fernand Raynaud, Lena Horne).
• 1955: Jo France transfers the Moulin Rouge to the brothers Joseph and Louis Clerico who already own the Lido. The famous French cancan is still performed, soon choreographed by Ruggero Angeletti and danced by the “Doriss Girls”.
• 1962: Jacki Clerico, son of Joseph Clerico, takes charge of the Moulin Rouge. It is the start of a new era: Enlargement of the auditorium, installation of a giant aquarium and the first aquatic ballet
• Since 1963 and the success of the “Frou-Frou” revue, out of superstition Jacki Clerico chooses only revue titles starting with the letter F. Ten revues followed up to 1999 and the launch of the current revue “Féérie”.
• October 2019: the emblematic Moulin Rouge, famous around the world, has celebrated its 130th anniversary!
Dancer: Kate-Lynn Robichaux (USA) Photography by Michael Cairns 2020