A riveting, imaginative marriage of ballet and Irish folk dance with a modern sensibility.
Lila York debuted Celts at Boston Ballet in 1996 (the same year that Riverdance first toured America). As a stunning fusion of Irish folk dance and ballet, it was an immediate hit. Set to the music of The Chieftains and more, this celebration of Irish culture has brought audiences to their feet with its choreographically intense jig and captivating energy.
The performance opens with the gloriously transcendent work titled Serenade and continues with the intimate and mesmerizing work titled Wunderland and crescendos to Celts.
Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland is a gorgeous ballet washed in red and inspired by a giant snow globe.
George Balanchine’s Serenade is set in moonlight and is known as Balanchine’s most romantic ballet, an ode to the classic ballets Swan Lake and Giselle.
Music performed by The Opus 76 Quartet
From its hometown in Kansas City, The Opus 76 Quartet has become recognized in journals worldwide for its entertaining and energetic interpretations of the classics. Artists-in-residence at the Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College, The Opus 76 Quartet perform 50 concerts a year nationwide. For more information, please visit https://opus76.org/
Your Safety is Our Main Concern
Effective Sept. 6, all patrons who enter the Kauffman Center to attend public performances must be fully vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry accompanied by a government-issued photo ID and a valid event ticket. Masks will also be required, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the building, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. At the current time, we are unable to accommodate children under 12, or any unvaccinated patrons for public performances. We continue to evaluate the ever-changing circumstances in hope that children under 12 years of age can safely attend public performances in time for The Nutcracker. Due to the circumstances, all ticket purchases during the 2021-2022 season are refundable prior to the performance.
Please note, these protocols will continue to be regularly evaluated and updated based on community health data and public health and government guidance. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please check our Safety & Health Policies for updates in advance of scheduled performances.
Missouri ArtSafe Certified
Kansas City Ballet and the Kauffman Center are Missouri ArtSafe certified by the Missouri Arts Council and the Missouri Arts Safety Alliance. This program is a standard for venues from St. Louis to Kansas City and everywhere in between. For more information, visit https://www.missouriartscouncil.org/missouri-artsafe/.
Meet the Dancers
Free for all ticketholders, arrive early and hear about the show you are about to see. Learn how music, special effects, and costumes all make magic on stage by attending the pre-curtain talk, Belger Footnotes, hosted by Artistic Director Devon Carney.
Held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts one hour prior to curtain. No reservation is necessary.