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Arizona ballet dancers in Round.

Arizona BalletThe beloved annual tradition of “An Evening at the Desert Botanical Garden” returns later this month. Surrounded by the incomparable landscape of the Desert Botanical Garden with the setting sun as a backdrop, artistic director Ib Andersen’s vision for dance in the desert runs from May 17 to June 2, with 15 performances.

Andersen promises a spectacular experience that is uniquely Arizona, as he revisits his unprecedented works, Round and Mosaic. Inspired by its world premiere in 2016, Andersen’s Round: Redesigned for a new stage, will return with new choreography that embraces and showcases the vast natural backdrop of the desert. Pieces from Andersen’s original production in 2004, Mosaican abstract ballet, will also return to the Ballet Arizona stage for the first time since 2011.

Round: reinvented for a new stage, will encompass the same cutting-edge choreography and innovation that audience members know and love from an Andersen production at the Desert Botanical Garden. Expect the unexpected as Ballet Arizona evolves, takes risks and challenges the limits of contemporary ballet in the desert we call home.

“I’m looking forward to revisiting a work I created in 2016 with fresh eyes and a focus on revamping the choreography so that everything is pointing in one direction rather than in circles,” says Andersen. . “Each time I stage a work with different dancers, new ideas and new interpretations emerge. I’m thrilled to see how the choreography fits into this reinvention Round.”

In 2016, The New York Times‘ described senior dance critic Alastair Macaulay Round as the most sophisticated work by a skilful choreographer he had seen to date.

The Ballet Arizona performance series at the Desert Botanical Garden is made possible with support from the Mayo Clinic, National Bank of Arizona and Plexus. An Evening at the Desert Botanical Garden Opening Night Sponsor is F. Francis and Dionne Najafi of Pivotal Foundation

Ticket prices for An Evening at the Desert Botanical Garden from $60 and are available at or by calling 602.381.1096.

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