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Mission and Goals
Founded in 1981, Connecticut Ballet is the state's professional ballet company, performing a diverse repertoire of new works, masterworks, and great story ballets. The company's artistic mission is the presentation of the highest quality professional classical and contemporary ballet. Connecticut Ballet develops future artists and audiences through its affiliated school, Connecticut Ballet Center and Center for Dance Education, serving all ages and backgrounds to develop a greater appreciation for the dance art form.
Connecticut Ballet was founded in 1981 by choreographers Brett Raphael and Luk de Layress. Its official debut took place (under the company's former title, Ballet Today) at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Shortly thereafter, the company made its Connecticut debut at the Stamford Center for the Arts, where it became a resident performing company in 1986.
Striving for continuous artistic growth, Artistic Director Brett Raphael has made the commissioning of new works by today's choreographers a hallmark of the company's repertoire. New ballets have been created by Ann Reinking, Joseph Locarro, Luk de Layress, Lila York, and Raphael himself alongside restagings of works by Anna Sokolow, Daryl Gray, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Danny Buraczeski, and Milton Myers. In addition, the company repertoire includes the full-length Nutcracker, Cinderella, Giselle, Coppèlia, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Petrouchka and Brigadoon.
Connecticut's professional ballet company has performed throughout New England in addition
to special appearances at the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, New
York's Riverside Dance Festival, Cape Cod Performing Arts Festival,
Harbourfront Festival in Toronto, Grand Central Station in New York City,
Goat Island Dance Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, and many other venues.
The 32nd season will officially open with CINDERELLA (October 5-6 & 12), continues with THE NUTCRACKER (December 14-21) and BE MY VALENTINE (February 8) and will conclude with GISELLE (April 26-27, May 3) For ticket info, visit 'Performances' page.