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Charlotte Ballet Brings Creativity Center Stage

Charlotte Ballet’s new artistic director will showcase his original piece to audiences in the Queen City.

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Dancers rehearsing "Silent Ghost" - Photography by Taylor Jones

Charlotte Ballet’s fan favorite series, "Innovative Works," returns as the first performance series of 2023. This year’s "Innovative Works" presents an original ballet from Alejandro Cerrudo, Charlotte Ballet’s new artistic director, as well as two brand-new premieres. This will be the first time Cerrudo is presenting one of his original works in the Queen City.

Alejandro Cerrudo - Photography by Taylor Jones

Born in Madrid, Spain, Cerrudo is an internationally renowned artist who has choreographed more than 25 works for dance companies around the world. In his role as artistic director, Cerrudo strives to position Charlotte Ballet as a creative cultural leader and “push the boundaries of ballet and contemporary dance.”

Throughout February, experience “Silent Ghost,” a captivating original ballet choreographed by Cerrudo that’s making its first appearance in Charlotte. Cerrudo has mesmerized audiences across the country with his other works, including “One Thousand Pieces” and his first solo production, “It Starts Now.”

Jennifer Archibald and Helen Simoneau

"Innovative Works" will also feature world-premiere works by Jennifer Archibald, founder and director of the Arch Dance Company in New York City, and Helen Simoneau, a 2021 Guggenheim fellow whose choreography explores proximity, intimacy and personal space.

The nationally recognized Charlotte Ballet provides exceptional programming to audiences in the Queen City and on tours across the nation. "Innovative Works" takes the mainstage at Charlotte Ballet’s Center for Dance on Feb. 3. Tickets start at $30, and performances will run through Feb. 25. Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. while matinee performances take place at 2 p.m.