State Street Ballet: Events & Performances

2022-23 Season Performances

Carmina Burana

img Photo: David Bazemore    

Santa Barbara's favorite collaboration returns to The Granada Theatre stage with our season-opener Carmina Burana! An unforgettable performance of epic proportions, more than 150 performers from the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Choral Society, Quire of Voyces, and SING! the Music Academy's children's chorus will join State Street Ballet onstage for a celebration of music, dance, and song. The program also includes Gabrielle Fauré's pensive Pavane, with world-premiere choreography by Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer William Soleau, and Camille Saint-Saëns' Bacchanale from the opera Samson and Delilah. It’s a spectacular event you won't want to miss! Two performances only.

William Soleau, Choreographer - State Street Ballet
Nir Kabaretti, Conductor - Santa Barbara Symphony
Jo Anne Wasserman, Director - Santa Barbara Choral Society
Nathan Kreitzer, Director - Quire of Voyces
Erin McKibben, Director - Music Academy of the West's Sing! children's chorus

 

 Saturday, October 15, 2022; 7:30 pm
 Sunday, October 16, 2022; 3:00 pm
  The Granada Theatre
 Tickets on sale September 1


2022-23 Season Performances

The Nutcracker

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State Street Ballet brings this annual holiday favorite to the grandeur of The Granada Theatre. Featuring the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra, and the students of State Street Ballet Academy alongside our professional dancers, this is the perfect way to celebrate the magic of the holiday season. Through virtuosic dancing, opulent sets and costumes, and brilliant comedic moments, the beloved story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince delights audiences of all ages. Three performances only!

Choreography by Rodney Gustafson
Additional Choreography by Marina Fliagina, Gary McKenzie, Cecily MacDougall, Megan Philipp
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conducted by Brian Asher Alhadeff

 Saturday, December 17, 2022; 2:00 pm
 Saturday, December 17, 2022; 7:30 pm
 Sunday, December 18, 2022; 2:00 pm
  The Granada Theatre
 Tickets on sale September 1


2022-23 Season Performances

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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William Shakespeare's comedic tale of mischief, magic, and romance comes to life onstage to the luscious music of Felix Mendelssohn. A story that transcends two worlds, mortals and fairies, it's a whimsical and humorous homage to the transformative power of love. The dancers are at the height of their technical and dramatic abilities in Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson's inventive, playful, and concise choreography, while beautifully designed sets and costumes make this a visually stunning production. 

This program also features choreographer Kassandra Taylor Newberry's awe-inspiring Fold, which first dazzled Santa Barbara audiences in 2018. In her signature quirky and virtuosic style, this perfect caricature of an underground poker game unfolds brilliantly before your eyes. Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer William Soleau will be premiering a new work created especially for this program, making this an exceptionally diverse evening of classical and contemporary dance. 

 Saturday, March 4, 2023; 7:30 pm
  The Granada Theatre
 Tickets on sale September 1


2022-23 Season Performances

Jungle Book

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Rudyard Kipling’s famous tale of the “laws of the jungle” will ignite your sense of adventure onstage at the Lobero Theatre. Colorful, upbeat, and wildly entertaining, this original production has successfully toured throughout California and the Southwestern United States. With choreography by Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson and audience-favorite Kassandra Taylor Newberry, an original score by Czech composer Milan Svoboda, and mesmerizing digital projections by Jean-Francois Revon, State Street Ballet’s dancers will take you on an unforgettable journey through the jungles and forests of India. 

 Saturday, April 29, 2023; 7:30 pm
  The Lobero Theatre
 Tickets on sale September 1