Orlando Ballet to have live musical accompaniment for every show in the 2015-2016 season


  • Michelle Revels
  • 'Coppélia'
The Orlando Ballet announced its 2015-2016 season yesterday, and along with the list of performances that will take place at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Creative Director Robert Hill announced that for the first time ever, each performance will be accompanied by live orchestral music through a partnership with the Orlando Philharmonic and Central Florida Community Arts. Previously, all Orlando Ballet performances were danced to prerecorded music, and though the recordings are of excellent quality, their nature is inherently uncompromising when it comes to allowing choreographers and dancers room to customize their performances. “We are excited to present this spectacular range of productions and even more excited to dance with live music,” said Hill.

You can catch Coppélia, the Ballet's final production of the season, and the last one with a prerecorded score, this weekend. The adorable show tells a comic story about love and mechanical dolls that's kind of like a steampunk Looney Tunes cartoon. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. Tickets range from $38.75-$88 and can be purchased on the Dr. Phillips Center's website.

Here's the schedule for Orlando Ballet's 2015-2016 season:

  • Giselle, a story of unrequited love, remorse and forgiveness, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015.
  • The Nutcracker arrives (again) for the holidays, Dec. 17-20, 2015.
  • The Firebird, a fairy tale ballet set to the concert work by composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographed by Orlando Ballet's Robert Hill, and To Familiar Spaces in Dream, an original work by 2014 Bessie Award winner and Manchester Theatre Award nominee Jessica Lang comprise a double bill Feb. 5-7, 2016.
  • Don Quixote, staged by American Ballet Theatre ballet mistress Susan Jones and inspired by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, March 18-20, 2016.
  • Beauty & the Beast, a world premiere staged by Orlando Ballet's Arcadian Broad, April 29-May 1, 2016.