For $34, today's deal gets you one silver-tier seat to Ballet Arizona's performance of "Modern Masters" on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. (a $91 value, including the $1 per ticket City of Phoenix facility fee). Nestled in the sonorous interior of Phoenix's Orpheum Theatre, toe tappers transfix viewers as they push the boundaries of traditional technique in three classical ballet pieces by three acclaimed modern-day choreographers. Submerge psyches in the premiere of Off Screen, a piece choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo that explores the emotional intensity of dance juxtaposed against modern-day musical film scores, followed by Polyphania, a piece of humor-filled rolls, lifts, and pushes set to 10 eclectic piano pieces by György Ligeti, with choreography by Christoper Wheeldon. Finish off the show with Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Anderson's designed piece Symphonie Classique, where 24 dancers, outfitted by two-time Tony Award–winning designer Martin Pakledinaz, showcase the beauty and awe of pure classical ballet.
- We should be grateful that our ballet company has so many first-rate dancers that we can field this many pairings in an evening and come away satisfied - even thrilled - by all of them. – Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
- It's AMAZING to me that a ballet company can go from startup to being a destination company is fewer than 20 years! But, BAZ did it in 15. – Charlie G., Yelp, 06/8/08
As toes twinkle onstage, visitors can bask in the renovated scenery of Symphony Hall, which couples hand-blown glass chandeliers with a quartet of designer tapestries. One of the largest machine-made draperies known to man, the theater’s colorful Grand Drape symbolizes the renewal of generations, creativity, and library books discovered during fossil digs.