State Street Ballet: Events & Performances
2020-21 Season Performances
Virtual EventPhoto: Rose Eichenbaum
“Beautiful and thought-provoking dance. Not to be missed!” – The National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
Co-artistic Director and Resident Choreographer William Soleau is well known for his evocative choreography, detailed storytelling, and powerful depth of expression. Soleau’s Carmen, inspired by Georges Bizets immortal score, has been an iconic staple in our repertoire since its premiere. The tale of the captivating gypsy and her tragic fate is retold in a contemporary ballet style, against scenic designs that allude to the dusty streets of Sevilla, the moody twilight of a mountain gypsy camp, and the emblematic circle of the Spanish bullring. Soleau’s choreography is rich with symbolism and heartrending moments of pathos, and this production has successfully toured the United States from coast to coast, receiving rave reviews and standing ovations. We look forward to Carmen coming to life again on your screen!
Performance filmed April 5, 2014 at The Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA
Premiering free of charge on State Street Ballet's YouTube channel on April 8 at 7:30pm PST and streaming until midnight on April 14.
Join us for the Premiere and interactive watch party – April 8 at 7:30pm PST!
Sharing The Spotlight
The Music Academy of the West is one of the nation’s premiere summer schools and festivals for young, classically-trained musicians. One of Santa Barbara’s finest cultural institutions since 1947, we are proud to have collaborated with them on their production of Carmen in 2014, premiering just months after our performance at The Granada Theatre. Produced in honor of opera great Marilyn Horne, “the quintessential Carmen”, and a celebration of her 80th birthday, State Street Ballet was honored to be involved in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Following this first collaboration, State Street Ballet went on to perform with the Music Academy of the West in The Bartered Bride in 2016, continuing a partnership as performing artists that we are proud of, and hope to continue. We are grateful to be part of a community that is so rich in arts and culture, and are always thrilled to collaborate with our friends at the Music Academy of the West.
Streaming free of charge