Ballet Nebraska

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Ballet Nebraska
General information
Name Ballet Nebraska
Year founded 2009 (Oct. 2010 debut)
Principal venue Orpheum Theater
United States United States
Artistic staff
Artistic Director Erika Overturff
Ballet Master Matthew Carter
Associated schools Ballet Nebraska II Student Company, Repertory Ensemble

Ballet Nebraska[1] is a professional ballet company located in Omaha, Nebraska.[2] The company's season typically consists of three mainstage productions including a full-length fall ballet, The Nutcracker, and a mixed-repertory/triple-bill annual spring production entitled Momentum. [3] The company also tours regionally and nationally, with yearly performances at Ballet Vero Beach in Vero Beach, Florida.[4][5]

On July 18, 2017, the Company announced that it will change its name to American Midwest Ballet beginning in the 2018-19 season, and has accepted an invitation to become the resident dance company of the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center, slated to open in 2019 in downtown Council Bluffs, IA.

The Company's annual production of Momentum, which features a series of shorter ballets that are different each season, is a multi-year recipient of the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award (OEAA) for best dance production.[6][7][8]

Founder and artistic director Erika Overturff's original version of the holiday classic The Nutcracker is performed annually at the Orpheum Theater and on regional tours.[9] The Company collaborates with Joslyn Art Museum[10] by creating an original work each season inspired by a current work or exhibition at the museum. Other collaborators include Opera Omaha,[11] Omaha Symphony Orchestra,[12] Omaha Performing Arts and Arts Center at Iowa Western.

Company repertoire includes many full length ballets ranging from classics of the romantic period, such as Giselle and Swan Lake, and neo-classical work such as George Balanchine's Valse-Fantaisie, to more contemporary works, such as Winthrop Corey's Dracula and Snow White, Harrison McEldowney's Swing Swing Swing!, Oscar Antunez' A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Kennet Oberly's Alice In Wonderland.[13]

The company has performed many original shorter ballets choreographed by Overturff and other renowned choreographers including Paul Boos[14] of The George Balanchine Trust, Peter Anastos, Jeff Satinoff. Edward Truitt, Mme. Tatiana Bechenova, former ballerina of the original Ballet Russe Col. de Basil who staged the 1909 ballet Prince Igor on the Company, and Ann Reinking who set a medley of work in the style of Bob Fosse on the Company. Other master works in the company's repertoire include Oskar Antunez' A Midsummer Night's Dream (2011, 2018), Folkine's The Dying Swan (2012, 2014), the Pas de trois des Odalisques and Medora variation from Joseph Mazilier's Le Corsaire (2014, 2017), Marius Petipa's Paquita (2015) and Blue Bird and Princess Florine pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty (2017), Giselle (2015), George Balanchine's Valse-Fantaisie (2015), Swan Lake (2016).