Grand Rapids Ballet excited for this weekend’s return to the stage, in-person audience after long COVID-19 halt

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Ballet will return to the stage on Friday after announcing in July 2020 that it would be suspending in-person performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Off the Canvas” is the comeback performance with three contemporary ballets that explore art in motion. People can see the show from October 15-17 at the Peter Martinwege theater.

The ballet had previously presented a season of virtual online performances. Artistic director James Sofranko said they were happy to be back on stage, noting that the dancers’ joy was evident in rehearsals.

“I can’t wait to see how they embody that energy when they get back on stage,” said Sofranko. “This will be the first public performance on our stage since March 2020 and we certainly missed the thrill of having a live audience.”

The ballet says the dancers bounce back in “Off the Canvas,” choreographed by Katarzyna Skarpetowska with music by Adrian Lim-Klumpes and Vivaldi.

“In-Frame”, choreographed by resident choreographer Penny Saunders with music by Max Richter, is described as an exploration of the “creative process cycle” and coincides with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, which start in spring and close again in spring.

“Cold Virtues” is the last ballet set to music by Philip Glass. It’s supposed to be a story loosely based on the “dangerous liaisons” of a power couple who wanted to manipulate society for their own entertainment.

Ticket and program information is available on the Grand Rapids Ballet website. To participate in this event, the organizer needs proof of a negative test or a COVID-19 vaccination. Please check their website for details.

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