Celebrating 10 years of Artistic Excellence
Devon Carney was appointed Artistic Director of Kansas City Ballet starting with the 2013–2014 season. Upon arrival, he created his first work for the company, titled Opus I. In 2015, Kansas City Ballet presented his critically-acclaimed version of Giselle. Also in 2015, Kansas City Ballet debuted his newly-choreographed rendition of the timeless classic, The Nutcracker, with stellar reviews including: “The rebuilt and re-imagined “Nutcracker” … is, among other things, a visually mesmerizing spectacle that will fill viewers’ heads with indelible images.” (Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star). This success was immediately followed in 2016 with his staging of the world-renowned classical masterpiece, Swan Lake. In 2017, audiences enjoyed for the first time his The Sleeping Beauty and his world premiere choreography of Romeo & Juliet. The 2017-2018 season closed with Mr. Carney’s world premiere choreography of Peter Pan. Additionally, his The Nutcracker has been performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2017 and 2022.
Artistic director Devon Carney’s relentless enthusiasm and vision seem to have finally manifested—the performance Friday indicated a company capable of anything