Performances

Rochester Fringe Festival

Rochester City Ballet performs two ballets during Fringe. Company member Benjamin Rabe  presents “Tunnel Vision.” The work manipulates phrases of dance to explore the best and the worst of the emotional capacity that makes us human. 

Former company member Francesca Genovese will choreograph “Rise Up Lights.” It is a non-stop thread of movement and celebration of power in dance emphasizes the force of female dancers.

You can see each piece independently or back-to-back on Saturday nights at SOTA. While scrolling through the Fringe calendar, you will see four opportunities to see each show!

The Nutcracker with the RPO

The Nutcracker is a holiday favorite the whole family can enjoy! Allow yourself to be whisked away to a magical land of sparkling snow and delectable sweets as Rochester City Ballet performs to live music skillfully played by the RPO. This beloved tale of a Christmas Eve dream warms the heart and is the perfect start to the holiday season.

November 27, 28, 29, 30, and December 1, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre with the RPO

The Nutcracker at Canandaigua Academy

Rochester City Ballet returns to Canandaigua Academy for a more intimate Nutcracker. Performed to recorded music, this beloved tale of a Christmas Eve dream warms the heart and is the perfect start to the holiday season.

December 7 & 8, at Canandaigua Academy Theatre (to taped music)

Tickets on sale in October.

Moulin Rouge

Rochester City Ballet has received its first National Endowment for the Arts grant in its history to commission The Chautauqua Institution’s resident choreographer, Mark Diamond, to create a world premiere ballet. Mr Diamond and RCB are hard at work on the details and expect a story celebrating art, romance, music, worthy of Paris’ exuberant lifestyle.

February 28 & 29, March 1, at Nazareth College Arts Center

The Ugly Duckling

Rochester City Ballet commissioned this familiar story from former BalletMet principal dancer Jimmy Orrante in 2015. Back due to popular demand, this family friendly tale combines comedy, disco geese, and a bit of drama as the audience watches a RCB ballerina turn into a beautiful swan.

May 16 & 17, at Nazareth College Arts Center

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