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Cleveland Ballet announces new season of classic tales at Playhouse Square

May 14, 2019
Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The 2019-20 Cleveland Ballet season doesn’t have an official theme, but if it did, it would be “Classic Tales.”

Each of the three works on the group’s newly announced season comes straight from the center of the repertoire and features a story well-known to lovers of music and dance alike.

Up first, Oct. 18 and 19, is “Carmen,” in the Ohio at Playhouse Square, where Cleveland Ballet is in residence. After that, around the holidays, comes “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 5-8 and 12-15 in the Hanna Theatre. Lastly, in spring: “The Magic Flute,” May 8 and 9 in the Ohio Theatre. All told, that’s 17 performances, including several matinees.

Now in its fifth year, Cleveland Ballet remains under the leadership of artistic director Gladisa Guadalupe. Meanwhile, heading into its 2019-20 season, the company is also larger than ever, with 25 professional members, including several new dancers, and 4 artists-in-residence. Among those 25: Marla Minadeo, a 16-year-old dancer believed by Cleveland Ballet to be the youngest professional dancer in the U.S.