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Ballet Arizona dancer Raychel Diane Weiner rehearses for Innovations.

Whether you're looking for indie theater, fresh choreography, or something a little more, um, debauched, this weekend has all of the above.


Ballet Arizona's founding a new tradition this year. Instead of having artistic director Ib Andersen present another work of his own, Andersen is putting the spotlight on emerging choreographers among the company's dancers.

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Under Andersen's direction, dancers Tzu Chia-Huang, Nayon Iovino, Myles Lavalee, and Astrit Zejnati will present new, original works during Innovations. "All four of these artists have a passion that we have seen come through in their extraordinary performances on stage in such ballets as Cinderella, La Bayadère and the many other works we present each season," Andersen says in a release.

These première performances run through Sunday, June 1, at Dorrance Theatre, 2835 East Washington Street. Tickets to Friday, May 23's 7:30 p.m. performance are $55 and available through or by calling 602-381-1086. -- Becky Bartkowski

Location Info


Dorrance Theatre

2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Trunk Space

1506 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Medlock Plaza

W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Museum of Northern Arizona

3101 North Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, AZ

Category: General

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Tamara Abromitis
Tamara Abromitis

Amazing show!! Saw the premier last night and it was outstanding. Such talent. Merde dancers and congrats to the 4 choreographers!!

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