SEASON VIII 2018–2019


June 2019
6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16

The very best of 500 years

Balanchine & the Classics is ACB’s annual look at the very best of ballet to the present day. Whereas the "golden" ages of painting and music were arguably centuries ago (Michelangelo and da Vinci, Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven), ballet’s was in the 20th century with George Balanchine. Balanchine & the Classics brings to the stage the works of this great genius of the dance, some of which are so fresh and unusual they still seem to come from the future, and the great choreographers who preceded him.

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TICKETS: $45–$105

Receive a package discount when you also purchase tickets for Dancing School! Watch as ACB brings a towering masterpiece of ballet's past to life with a rare performance of its original choreography, largely lost to history. And, see how this jewel of 19th-century Imperial ballet has inspired choreographers for over a century with a side-by-side performance of excerpts from Balanchine's 1961 version. 


SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019

If you want to learn how ballet works, you’ll be unlikely to find a way that is more entertaining, dynamic, and illuminating than this. 

Dancing School uses an approach rarely, if ever, seen – dance in comparative performance. Multiple dancers attempt the same, short, solo dance, and ACB’s Artistic Director compares them, movement by movement, in real time, articulating for the audience their strengths, weaknesses, and differences in expression. There is no faster or more enlightening way to understand how ballet technique and artistic expression in dance function, and to see further into choreography and the art form itself.

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TICKETS: $45–$85

Receive a package discount when you also purchase tickets for Summer Premieres!


SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019

Conversations investigates the art of ballet through different perspectives. ACB invites artists and thinkers from diverse fields to talk with ACB about what they see in the studio. Past Conversations have included LA Times investigative journalist Jeffrey Fleishman on building a ballet, actress Jane Kaczmarek on the audition process, and painter Kenton Nelson on the creative process.

Followed by a reception with the artists and live music. 

Membership benefit of Ballet Society.

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Death and the Maiden

August 2019
1*, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11

For centuries, artists have attempted to capture universal human themes in a universal human language. As one of mankind’s most constant preoccupations, Death has become one of its most iconic figures. 

A frequent motif in Renaissance art, 'Death and the Maiden' is usually represented by a young woman being accosted by a skeleton, the embodiment of death. Like the specter itself, this motif has also shadowed playwrights, authors and musicians – most famously Franz Schubert, who composed his string quartet No. 14, Death and the Maiden, at the age of 27 after a long illness, when he realized his own death was imminent.

ACB addresses the eternal in one of our most beautiful means of expression with the world premiere of a new ballet by Artistic Director Lincoln Jones to Schubert’s haunting score, his first to the music of the composer. Followed by an artist reception with live music.

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TICKETS: $45–105


Receive a package discount when you also purchase tickets for Dancing School!


2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

Fall in love this Valentine’s season.

This perfect date features recreations of some of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' most romantic dances. A double feature with the Suite from Balanchine’s all-Gershwin ballet Who Cares?, danced to live music in a setting unlike any other.

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TICKETS: $45–90


1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Do you know where it snows in Los Angeles?

Why see the Nutcracker when you can live it? American Contemporary Ballet’s immersive Nutcracker Suite is unlike any other. The Nutcracker Suite is a secret place, somewhere high above the city. If you can find it, you’ll enter a world you once knew existed. 

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TICKETS: $50–98


12*, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 30, 31

A Halloween double feature with a world-premiere score

Inferno follows the most harrowing adventure through hell since the 14th century. Fly from beasts, see monsters, weep for the doomed Francesca, and confront Satan herself. The only escape is through the center of the earth.

Burlesque takes you to the hottest—and strangest—club in Los Angeles. And you thought hell was freaky. World premiere.

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TICKETS: $45–$500




8:00 PM

Help American Contemporary Ballet keep raising hell in Los Angeles.

How the hell did we start a ballet company in LA? We had to sell our souls. Now we want yours. 

You’ll see the world premiere of Burlesque and the opening night of Inferno, meet the composer Charles Wuorinen (one of the most eminent in the world), hear from ACB’s Artistic Director Lincoln Jones about his vision for the future of ballet, and have an opportunity to support one of the most cutting-edge performing arts companies working today.

There will also be fine foods, wine, and some really freaky stuff we can’t quite describe.

Hellraiser Ticket Package
Send 5 friends to hell and you get in for free.
(Additional details on ticketing website)

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TICKETS: $200, $300, $500

*A portion of your ticket purchase is tax deductible.



At the Paley Center for Media
465 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The 20th century was the first to have its dance documented on film. It also happened to be the century in which the man who was arguably the greatest choreographer in history was working. 

ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones takes you on a journey through some of the most exciting and important films from this period, some of which are little known. It is also a deeply personal journey, as these are the films that shaped his and Executive Director Theresa Farrell’s decision to found American Contemporary Ballet. 

Only 25 seats available

All proceeds will support ACB dancer salaries.



May 1-4, 2019

Join ACB in New York City May 1—4, 2019 for four days of uncommon access to the worlds of dance, music, photography, art and fashion — and conversations with some of their most innovative and accomplished artists. These are experiences like no other — and available nowhere other than ACB.

Package Cost: $3,750*
Only 6 SPOts LEFT

*A portion of the trip is tax deductible and all bookings are non-refundable. Travel and lodging  are not included, and may be booked according to your preference. Your package includes:

  • An exclusive welcome dinner with ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones and ACB dancers.

  • A behind the scenes look at ACB’s Season 9 photo shoot with renowned fashion photographer Victor Demarchelier, plus a retouched photographic print of your Demarchelier portrait.

  • Visit the private NYC home of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen where he and Lincoln Jones will discuss the creation of ACB’s upcoming Salome, months prior to its world premiere.

  • Observe a closed class at The School of American Ballet led by Suki Schorer, Balanchine’s teaching protégé. SAB classes are not open to the public, and only five people will be permitted to sit in. A post-class conversation with Lincoln and Suki will be open to all guests.

  • Tickets to an all-Balanchine performance with the New York City Ballet.

  • See the world’s most important collections of Fabergé art.



Special announcement for Dancing School I Ticket HOlders:

VENUE/TIME CHANGE: If you have a ticket for Dancing School I, you will be sent a list of dates and times for a private rehearsal viewing at ACB’s downtown rehearsal space. You will also receive admission to Conversation I with Doug Fullington at KCRW’s performance space (scroll down to Conversation I for more information).

As a ticket holder, you should have received an email with details for both events. If you have not received your email, please email, or call 213-304-3408.

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TICKETS: $45–$85

Receive a package discount when you also purchase tickets for Variations on Raymonda!


Please note new TIME AND LOCATION:

Saturday, May 11, 2019
4:00 pM to 5:00 Pm

1660 Stewart St.
Santa Monica, 90404

In June ACB is presenting choreography from one of most important ballets in history. It was choreographed by the the great genius of 19th century ballet to one of the greatest scores ever written for dance, and it hasn’t been seen for over 100 years. At Conversation I, you’ll meet Doug Fullington, the man who is doing the reconstruction, and one of the few people in the world who can read 19th century dance notation.

Followed by a reception with the artists and live music. 

Membership benefit of Ballet Society.

Find out more.