Curtain Up!   Celebrating our Return to the Stage

With much excitement we anticipate our return to the stage with Rochester City Ballet’s 2021/2022 performance season, bringing enticing masterworks, exciting bravura gems, beloved traditions and extraordinary new dances to you on new and familiar stages. We return with joy and hope and look forward to having you join us.   – Robert

Fort Hill Performing Arts Center

Saturday, May 14, 2022
2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 15, 2022
2:00 pm

Callahan Theater at Nazareth Arts Center

Friday, May 20, 2022
Saturday, May 21, 2022
2:00 & 7:30pm
Sunday, May 22, 2022
11:00 am Sensory Friendly

Fiercely Fantastic!

The Firebird

The Firebird wields mystical enchantments to defeat the evil sorcerer Kastchei and save Prince Igor and the Princesses. Robert Gardner brings this Russian folktale to life through Igor Stravinsky’s monumental score. The Firebird is ballet’s superhero!

To round out our evening of family-friendly entertainment, Carnival of the Animals will be featured alongside The Firebird. Created by Artistic Director Robert Gardner, Carnival of the Animals is set to Camille Saint-Saëns’ humorous musical suite of 14 movements. Gardner’s production features whimsical costume and narration in the form of the delightful Ogden Nash poem celebrating creatures from the ponderous elephant to the manic kangaroo to the plodding tortoise. 

Photo below by Jeff Frey

Earlier performances in our 2021-2022 season: 

The Theater at Innovation Square

March 4, 5, 6, 2022

Fort Hill Performing Arts Center

March 12 & 13, 2022

Riveting …

Carmena world premiere by Artistic Director Robert Gardner.

A contemporary telling of the passionate, free spirit who is not defined by societal norms.  The Energy is volcanic, fluid, and their fate is not defined by gender. The voyage is ruled by emotion, regardless of the consequences.

Alongside Carmen, RCB will be performing the famous Don Quixote Grand Pas de Deux, and Reflections by choreographer Salvatore Aiello.

Carmen Group

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

November 24, 26, 27, 28, 2021

Fort Hill Performing Arts Center

December 10, 11, 12, 2021

Holiday Magic withThe Nutcracker!


The Nutcracker returns to bring joyous holiday celebrations.  Take a magical journey through the Forest of glittering Snowflakes with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her court of delicious Sweets.

Note: The Thanksgiving weekend performances at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre are with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Fort Hill Performance Arts Center performances are with taped music.

Terminus costume design
Katherine Duffy as Sylvia

The Theater at Innovation Square

October 8, 9, 10, 2021

Fort Hill Performing Arts Center

October 16 & 17, 2021

Terrifically Theatrical

Join us as we celebrate our return to live performance with a gala evening featuring George Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” – a tribute to Gershwin and the romance of Broadway, Salvatore Aiello’s “Clowns and Others” – a delightfully witty look at the fun and foibles of being human, and a world premiere by choreographer Jamey Leverett.

Join Our Mailing List

Your information is always kept private and never shared.