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Houston Ballet Debuts

and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns

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DETROIT (April 3, 2014) - Michigan Opera Theatre announced today the details of its 2014-15 dance season. The company's 19th dance season opens with the Detroit premiere of Houston Ballet with its production of the romantic, story ballet favorite, Giselle. The season continues with the return of BalletMet Columbus' production of The Nutcracker for the holiday season. Metro Detroit's signature dance company Eisenhower Dance will showcase a new piece, The Light Show, and the season will close with the highly anticipated return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Michigan Opera Theatre's Director of Dance Carol Halsted says, "Our 2014-15 Dance season offers the dance lover something from the classical, full length Giselle with the Houston Ballet, featuring our Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, to the ever popular Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. It will be a star studded dance season for Detroit!"



Houston Ballet: GISELLE November 1-2, 2014

 In its first performances at the Detroit Opera House, Houston Ballet presents the world's most famous romantic ballet, Giselle. Giselle tells the story of a beautiful peasant girl who's deceived by nobleman Count Albrecht, dies of a broken heart, is transferred to the supernatural world of the Wilis (the ghosts of women betrayed on their wedding day), and ultimately saves her lover with forgiveness. The ballet was choreographed by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli to a commissioned score by Adolphe Adam, and it originally premiered in Paris on June 28, 1841.

At the helm of Houston Ballet as artistic director since 2003, Australian choreographer Stanton Welch has choreographed for dance companies worldwide, and created eighteen new works especially for Houston Ballet. Under his leadership, the company has expanded its repertory of new work and collaborated with major American dance companies.


BalletMet Columbus: THE NUTCRACKER November 28-30, 2014

The Opera House continues its annual holiday tradition with the return of BalletMet Columbus' production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. For five magical performances, this holiday event features a talented cast of more than 100 professional company dancers and local children, with larger-than-life characters, narration by Sir Roger Moore, and Tchaikovsky's glorious score played by the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.

A variety of holiday activities at the Detroit Opera House make The Nutcracker a family outing that children and adults cherish for years to come. Festivities will again feature special family matinees that include box lunches, reindeer, photos with Santa and the Nutcracker, and a special opportunity to meet Nutcracker dancers on the stage in the Sugar Plum Parade.

BalletMet Columbus, renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, ranks among the nation's largest dance companies, and its Dance Academy ranks among the largest dance-training centers. Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has added 154 company premieres to its repertoire and produced 126 world premieres.


Eisenhower Dance: THE LIGHT SHOW January 31, 2015

Metro Detroit's signature dance company returns to the MOT stage for one performance of an exciting new work, The Light Show. The piece cleverly pairs four dancers with four lighting designers for an evening of edgy, colorful movement and multimedia.

Founded by artistic director Laurie Eisenhower in 1991, EDE has been dedicated to the performance of a diverse range of contemporary dance works, including Eisenhower's own highly acclaimed choreography.



Back by popular demand, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Detroit Opera House, performing Ailey classics and new works by contemporary choreographers. Always a favorite of Detroit audiences, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will bring its extraordinary movement range, electrifying energy and soulful spirit to Detroit for a limited five-performance engagement.

Founded in 1958 by dance pioneer Alvin Ailey, the company has earned a reputation as an international ambassador for American culture, bringing its expansive repertory, community outreach efforts and masterful artistry to cities around the world. Since 2011, Robert Battle has led AAADT as artistic director, and guides the company to continue the fulfillment of Ailey's dream to "touch everyone's heart through dance."


At the magnificent Detroit Opera House


Dance subscription prices range from $48 to $320. As always, subscriptions are offered first to renewing subscribers. Subscribers enjoy the benefits of priority seating, limited free ticket exchanges, and advanced purchase opportunities for certain non-subscription events. New subscriptions are available through the ticket office. The Detroit Opera House will again offer special package discounts for first-time subscribers, as well as a distance discount for new subscribers traveling more than 80 miles to attend performances. The popular "family series" discount continues. All subscription information may be obtained by calling the Detroit Opera House ticket office at (313) 237-SING [7464].



Single ticket prices for the 2014-15 dance and opera seasons range from $25 to $125. Single tickets will become available in September 2014. They will be available in person at the Detroit Opera House ticket office (1526 Broadway, Detroit), by phone at (313) 237-SING [7464], and online at For group sales rates, please contact the ticket office.