Michigan Opera Theatre Announces 2018-19 Dance Series, Celebrating Modern Dance and Dance Legends!

Michigan Opera Theatre’s 2018-19 dance series is celebrating modern dance and dance legends! The modern dance line-up follows the movement through generations, featuring Martha Graham Dance Company (founded in 1926), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (founded in 1958) and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (founded in 1983).

On the classical side, audiences are in for a special treat with a program featuring Italian dance legend Alessandra Ferri. With a career spanning nearly four decades, Ferri has performed with some of the best dance companies around the globe, including the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala Theatre Ballet. She is one of only 11 ballerinas in the world to have been awarded the title of “prima ballerina assoluta,” a rare honor bestowed upon the best dancers of a generation. In“Alessandra Ferri: The Art of the Pas de Deux,” Ferri will star with other international ballet dancers for a program Valentine’s Day weekend showcasing romantic duets.

The classical ballet program will also include the return of Columbus’s BalletMet for their traditional production of “The Nutcracker.”

Subscriptions are available now, single tickets go on sale Aug. 30. See details of the full dance line-up below!


Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Oct. 27, 2018 
Presented with University Musical Society

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company makes its Detroit Opera House debut in 2018! The award-winning modern dance company is known for its multi-media effects and cross-artistic collaborations to create unique, street-influenced pieces. The company will present “A Letter to My Nephew,” a celebration and meditation on Jones’ nephew Lance T. Briggs, an up-and-coming performer who fell into drugs and prostitution before becoming paraplegic. “Letter” is a poignant work that references a troubled life in show business, the sex trade and the hard job of growing up.

BalletMet’s “The Nutcracker” Nov. 24-25, 2018 

The tradition returns with BalletMet’s endearing production of Tchaikovsky’s universal favorite. The ballet tells the story of the young Clara and her beloved Nutcracker-turned-prince as they journey together for a magical evening on Christmas Eve to The Land of Sweets. Featuring traditional Victorian costumes, dazzling sets and more than 122 characters on stage, BalletMet’s production creates an enchanting atmosphere to captivate children and adults alike.

“Alessandra Ferri: The Art of the Pas de Deux” Feb. 16, 2019

International ballet star, Alessandra Ferri performs a variety of romantic duets with a roster of some of the world’s leading dancers. The program will explore the poetry and romantic intensity of dance in a mixed program celebrating the art of the pas de deux.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater March 15-17, 2019

A local favorite, Alvin Ailey returns once again to the Detroit Opera House with a repertoire known for its inspiration and empowerment. Considered cultural ambassadors to the world, the company celebrates the African-American cultural experience in the American modern dance tradition.

Martha Graham Dance Company April 26-27, 2019 
Presented with University Musical Society at the Power Center, Ann Arbor

Founded in 1926, the Martha Graham Dance Company is known for being the oldest American dance company, critically-acclaimed as one of the best in the world. The modern dance company experiments with movement to explore contemporary social, political, psychological and sexual themes. Not to be missed.