Orlando Ballet and Cirque du Soleil will present a one-of-a-kind choreographic project designed to stimulate and encourage young emerging talent. Under the guidance of Orlando Ballet Artistic Director, Robert Hill and La Nouba Artistic Director, Denise Biggi, the two groups will present A Choreographer’s Showcase, a Project Designed to Stimulate and Encourage Artistic Growth at the La Nouba Theater at Downtown Disney on Nov. 22. 


The performance will be a unique presentation, blending both companies and will be much different from the traditional Cirque du Soleil and Orlando Ballet performances. It is intentionally designed to showcase raw creative expression from the dancers, performers and technicians; a conundrum of creative ideas, rather than a finished production. 


A Choreographer’s Showcase is born out of Cirque du Soleil’s commitment to the artistic community and support for artists and artistic institutions.  The project began with the Nevada Ballet Theater three years ago.  Because both companies showcase young emerging talent, these productions are an ideal platform to illustrate their vast creative and technical skills and to celebrate the missions of both organizations.   Over those first three years, each one-of-a-kind production has garnered rave reviews and sold-out houses in addition to significant media attention including the LA Times and LIFE Magazine.


According to Hill, “The goal of this showcase is to awaken, inspire, and galvanize creativity to the fullest. We are genuinely excited to partner with Denise and her incredible team at La Nouba, as these artists embark upon a creative journey that has never been traveled before. We look forward to presenting the community the results of a brand new inspiring experience.” 


“A Choreographer’s Showcase is a very exciting project aimed at opening up the creative imagination of artists from both companies through choreographic creativity, an integral part of the artistic development,” said Biggi. “Creation cannot be taught but it can be learned through experiences and opportunities like this one. This workshop will provide these artists with the opportunity to sample life as choreographers, help them to create something personal and progressive and achieve a better understanding of the creative process. Cirque du Soleil is proud to convey this commitment to cultural action through this partnership with the Orlando Ballet.” 



Proceeds from the showcase presentation will benefit the Orlando Ballet and its S.T.E.P.S (Scholarship Training for the Enrichment of Primary Students) program, which aims to reach at-risk children through ballet and gives them an opportunity to learn about performance art. Targeted to children who may not normally have the chance to learn about dance and creative expression, including ballet, this program is designed as a positive after-school activity and has been shown to limit at-risk related behavior. The program is modeled after a similar award-winning program developed by New York’s Dance Theatre of Harlem.  


Additionally, A Choreographer’s Showcase itself will boast an important education and outreach element by offering a free private afternoon performance for children from Helping Kids Shine, Walt Disney World’s community outreach program.


Tickets go on sale to the public October 11. 


For tickets or more information on A Choreographer’s Showcase, call (407) 426-1739 or visit orlandoballet.org. 


Who: Orlando Ballet and  Cirque du Soleil


What:       A Choreographer’s Showcase 

A Project Designed to Stimulate and Encourage Artistic Growth


Where: Cirque du Soleil La Nouba Theatre at Downtown Disney

1478 East Buena Vista Drive

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


When: November 22, 2010 at 6pm


Ticket Info: $15 for general admission and $25 for VIP seating

Tickets may be purchased at the Orlando Ballet Box Office only, beginning October 11.  

Proceeds from the showcase presentation will benefit the Orlando Ballet and its S.T.E.P.S (Scholarship Training for the Enrichment of Primary Students) program, which aims to reach at-risk children through ballet and gives them an opportunity to learn about performance art. 


Contact: (407) 426-1739


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That sounds awesome, David! Thanks for sharing.

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