Press Release


American Contemporary Ballet Unveils Two Versions of a 19th-c. Masterpiece

April 2, 2019

Great works of painting, sculpture and architecture are regularly restored to their original majesty by careful recreation or meticulous clearing of the layers that obscure their beauty over time. This seldom happens with masterpieces of dance; when it does, it’s not to be missed. Beginning June 6, ACB unveils a rare performance of original choreography from Raymonda, a towering beauty of ballet’s past.

Working with acclaimed Stepanov notation expert Doug Fullington, the company will perform Petipa choreography that’s been largely lost to history.

Raymonda is a jewel of 19th-century Russian ballet that’s captivated and claimed the imagination of dancers and choreographers for over a century, yet almost nowhere can you see the original steps and style that have exerted such creative reach,” says ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones. “And when presented in a contemporary setting, the beauty of the choreography itself comes even further to the forefront.”

Variations On Raymonda is this season’s iteration of the company’s June Balanchine & The Classics series. Balanchine danced in the original production of Raymonda as a student and loved the music so much he later choreographed four ballets to it.  ACB’s program also includes performances from Balanchine’s 1961 version. Both will be danced to Glazunov’s enchanting score, played live by some of LA’s most talented classical musicians. The side-by-side versions will be accompanied by a talk from Jones comparing style and context.

ACB presents Variations on Raymonda June 6 - 16

Tickets $45 - $500 at 

Thursday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m.*; Friday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, June 13 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.

*Premiere, including Artist Q&A and Summer Spectacular Party

PRESS CONTACT:    Amy Jones / (206) 920-0062