Marigny Opera Ballet
Founded in 2014, the Marigny Opera Ballet is a professional contemporary ballet company based in the Marigny Opera House of New Orleans. Its award-winning performances have included the works of New Orleans-based choreographers and composers.
Company Directors: Dave Hurlbert and Spencer Doyle
Rehearsal Director: Maya Taylor
Music Director: Francis Scully
Technical Directors: Leah Farrelly & Shawn Ramagos
Choreographers: Maya Taylor, Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, Nikki Hefko, Donna Crump, Trey Mauldwin, Anna Iosipiv, Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg, Gretchen Erickson, Diogo De Lima
Dancers: Trey Mauldwin, Anna Iosipiv, Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg, Gretchen Erickson, John Bozeman, Ashlie Russell
Season 2: 2015/2016: October 2, 2015 through May 15, 2016
Orfeo (premiere) October 2-4, 2015 – an original full-length work by Maya Taylor with a commissioned score by local composer Tucker Fuller. The ballet recounts the ancient Greek myth of Orfeo and Eurydice.
Christmas Concerto (premiere) December 10-13, 2015 – a full-length work to music of Arcangelo Corelli and George Frideric Handel. Choreographers: Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, Nikki Hefko and Donna Crump
Emerging Choreographers March 18-20, 2016 – new works by Trey Mauldwin, Anna Iosipiv, Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg, and Gretchen Erickson
Program 4 – Audience Favorites May 13-15, 2016 – audience favorites from the Company’s inaugural season including Taylor’s Under A Glass Bell, De Lima’s Salterelle, Crump’s “Autumn” from The Four Seasons as well as a new work by Nikki Hefko.
Season 3: 2016/2017: November 17-20, 2016 through April 16, 2017
Giselle Deslondes (premiere, full-length) November 17-20, 2016 –Choreography: Maya Taylor; Music: Tucker Fuller. Set in the Faubourg Marigny in 1930, Giselle Deslondes is a heart-breaking story of betrayal, madness and redemption. The full-length, two-act ballet features a newly-commissioned orchestral score by acclaimed local composer Tucker Fuller.
The Art of Jazz (premiere) February 10-12, 2017 –Choreography: Diogo de Lima; Nikki Hefko. Music: Helen Gillet; Lawrence Sieberth; NUTRIO (Byron Asher, Sean Myers, Trey Boudreaux). An inspired collaboration of some of New Orleans’ finest jazz artists and choreographers, The Art of Jazz will feature three premieres to live jazz ensembles.
Orfeo April 14-16, 2017 – Choreography: Maya Taylor. Music: Tucker Fuller. The sold-out favorite from last season returns. A full-length contemporary ballet based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, Orfeo charts the course of an impossible love, from the hills of Parnassus to the depths of Hades and back.
This program is supported in part by the SHS Foundation, and by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council New Orleans. This program is also supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council New Orleans. The program is also supported by the generosity of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation.
The Marigny Opera Ballet is supported by generous sponsorship from Mignon Faget Ltd., Arbor House Floral, and Oxalis Restaurant, New Orleans.