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Louisville Ballet's 2015-16 Season Includes Mix of New and Classic Works

The Louisville Ballet this week announced its first season programmed by artistic director Robert Curran, who joined the companylast year following the retirement of Bruce Simpson.

In addition to the ever popular Brown-Forman Nutcracker, the 2015-16 season will include a mixture of new and classic works.

The season kicks off with a re-imagining of one of the cornerstones of 19th century classical ballet: Coppélia.

Curran will update the original choreography by Marius Petipa, and the story will not be in the traditional European village setting, but in Louisville's Germantown neighborhood in 1917.

A mixed program in the spring will feature a collaboration with the Louisville Orchestra and a premiere of three new pieces by the company's principal choreographer, Adam Hougland. Music for this program includes works by Philip Glass and Igor Stravinsky, in addition to new music composed by the orchestra's music director, Teddy Abrams.

The final full-scale production of the season focuses on the work of George Balanchine, considered by many to be the father of American ballet. The company will also present two small-scale programs in their Main Street studio.

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