May 9-18, 2025

FUSION

A COLLECTION OF SHORT DANCE WORKS

Tulips and lobster is a mesmerizing ballet choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, which made its debut with the Kansas City Ballet in 2018. Inspired by the rich and evocative paintings of the Old Dutch masters from the 17th century, the ballet brings these timeless scenes of the bourgeoisie to life through captivating dance.

In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is a groundbreaking contemporary ballet choreographed by William Forsythe in 1987. Set to an intense electronic score, this iconic work defies traditional ballet norms, featuring angular, highly technical movements that create a sense of suspended tension. The minimalist design and innovative lighting place the focus on the dancers and their dynamic interaction with the space.

Celts is a mesmerizing ballet that celebrates the rich heritage of Ireland. Motivated by a deep connection to her roots, York’s choreography brilliantly weaves together a profound and thrilling narrative that spans a thousand years of Irish history. Celts is a powerful and innovative artistic expression, avoiding clichés and sentimentality, offering a captivating rush of emotions and storytelling that uplifts the soul.

hold on tight, a world premiere by Caroline Dahm, a Los Angeles native who has made her mark on Kansas City as a beloved dancer and choreographer.

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Pre-Curtain Talks

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.

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