First State Ballet Theatre

Delaware's Professional Ballet Company

First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware’s professional ballet company, presents full length ballets and mixed-repertory programs throughout the state, commissions new choreography from internationally renowned choreographers, offers performing opportunities to aspiring dancers, and educates the Delaware dance audience of the future.

Headquartered in Wilmington's beautiful and historic Grand Opera House, First State Ballet Theatre performs under the artistic direction of Kirov-trained Pasha Kambalov.

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Apr
8
Apr 9

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

A Midsummer Night’s Dream choreographed by Alex Buckner on April 8 - 9 at the Baby Grand. This enchanting ballet brings William Shakespeare’s classic comedy to life. The hilarious tale follows the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest. A ballet perfect for all ages!
Baby Grand Theater **
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

The Grand Opera House & Baby Grand Theatre
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Feb
18
Feb 19

ELEGANT SOULS

First State Ballet Theatre then presents Elegant Souls: A Triple Bill February 18 - 19 at the Baby Grand.The program includes Walpurgis Night from the Opera Faust with music by Charles Gounod. Elegant Souls, choreographed by Viktor Plotnikov, and the Grand Pas from Raymonda with music by Alexander Glazunov. 
Baby Grand Theater **
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Dec
17
Dec 18

THE NUTCRACKER

December 17 - 18, 2016

The Grand Opera House

The season continues with Wilmington’s favorite holiday tradition The Nutcracker on the main stage on December 17 - 18 at The Grand Opera House. Experience the magical journey through the land of sweets in FSBT’s lavish production. This year’s production will feature new costumes and choreography for the battle scene.

 

Nov
11
Nov 12

UP FRONT WITH FSBT

November 11 - 12, 2016

Studio 1 Baby Grand

On November 11 - 12 FSBT presents Up Front, one of our most popular events of the season. Performed in Studio 1 at the Baby Grand, Up Front gives the audience the chance to experience the dancing up close and personal. The program includes highlights from the classical repertoire and contemporary pieces choreographed for the company. After the performance the dancers join the audience for a reception.

Swan Lake
Oct
22
Oct 23

Swan Lake

 

SWAN LAKE
October 22-23, 2016 The Grand Opera House

 A ballet in four acts

Music by PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Choreography by LEV IVANOV and MARIUS PETIPA
Staged by PASHA KAMBALOV
Lighting by GENEVIEVE FANELLI
Stage Manager PAIGE OBARA
Costumes by TRACI EIZEMBER, JOANNE EPSTEIN, PAIGE OBARA, BENEFIS COSTUMES and THEATRE BALLET-PREMIER

Premiere: January 15, 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Act 1
A magnificent park before a palace.
Prince Siegfried is celebrating his birthday. The revelries are interrupted by Siegfried’s mother, the Queen, who is concerned about her son’s carefree lifestyle. She tells him that he must choose a bride at the royal ball the following evening. Siegfried is upset that he cannot marry for love. His friend and his tutor try to lift his troubled mood. As evening falls, his friend sees a flock of swans flying overhead and suggests they go on a hunt. Siegfried and his friends take their arbalets and set off in pursuit of the swans.

Act 2
A lakeside clearing in a forest by the ruins of a chapel. A moonlit night.
Siegfried has become separated from his friends. He arrives at the lakeside clearing, just as a flock of swans land nearby. He aims his crossbow at the swans, but freezes when one of them transforms into a beautiful maiden, Odette. At first, she is terrified of Siegfried. When he promises not to harm her, she tells him that she is the Swan Queen Odette. She and her companions are victims of a terrible spell cast by the evil owl-like sorcerer Von Rothbart. By day they are turned into swans and only at night, by the side of the enchanted lake – created from the tears of Odette's mother – do they return to human form. The spell can only be broken if one who has never loved before swears to love Odette forever. Von Rothbart suddenly appears. Siegfried threatens to kill him, but Odette intercedes – if Von Rothbart dies before the spell is broken, it can never be undone. As Von Rothbart disappears, the swan maidens fill the clearing. Siegfried sets about winning Odette’s trust. They fall in love with each other. But as dawn arrives, the evil spell draws Odette and her companions back to the lake and they are turned into swans again.

Act 3
An opulent hall in the palace.
Guests arrive at the palace for a costume ball. Siegfried's mother commands him to dance with six princesses and choose one as a bride. Siegfried protests that he does not love any of them. Von Rothbart arrives in disguise with his daughter Odile. He has transformed Odile so that she appears identical to Odette in all respects except that she wears black rather than white. The prince mistakes her for Odette and dances with her. Odette appears as a vision and vainly tries to warn Siegfried that he is being deceived. But Siegfried remains oblivious and proclaims to the court that he intends to make Odile his wife. Von Rothbart shows Siegfried a magical vision of Odette and he realizes his mistake. Grief-stricken, Siegfried hurries back to the lake.

Act 4
By the lakeside.
Odette is distraught at Siegfried’s betrayal. The swan-maidens try to comfort her, but she is resigned to death. Siegfried returns to the lake and finds Odette. He makes a passionate apology. She forgives him and the pair reaffirms their love. Von Rothbart appears and insists that Siegfried fulfill his pledge to marry Odile, after which Odette will be transformed into a swan forever. Siegfried struggles with Von Rothbart and tears off one wing, thereby destroying his powers. Siegfried has broken the spell of the swan maidens and marries Odette.
(Swan Lake is 2 hours and 27 minutes including intermissions)

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Coppélia
Apr
18
Apr 19

Coppélia

Young love triumphs in ballet’s comic masterpiece. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Grand Opera House  |  Wilmington, DE

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FSBT OPEN HOUSE
Feb
14
10:30 am10:30

FSBT OPEN HOUSE

Learn about the School of First State Ballet Theatre, tour our facilities, watch a demonstration with FSBT's students and professional company dancers and much more! Click the photo for more details and to register.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 10:30-3PM

FSBT Studios
Grand Opera House Floor 3R

Up Front with FSBT
Feb
6
Feb 7

Up Front with FSBT

Classical and contemporary highlights, followed by a private reception with FSBT’s dancers, staff and board. Click on the photo for more details.

Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Baby Grand, Studio 1  |  Wilmington, DE

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Sugar Plum Nutcracker Tea
Dec
21
12:30 pm12:30

Sugar Plum Nutcracker Tea

Join us before the Sunday matinee show of the Nutcracker for our Sugar Plum Nutcracker Tea! Enjoy crafts, sweet treats, and meet some of the beloved Nutcracker characters in the Grand Salon.

Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Grand Opera House Salon  |  Wilmington, DE

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The Nutcracker (Wilmington)
Dec
20
Dec 21

The Nutcracker (Wilmington)

Wilmington’s Holiday Tradition—the Nutcracker at the Grand with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Wilmington Children's Chorus. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Grand Opera House  |  Wilmington, DE

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Fringe Festival
Nov
21
Nov 22

Fringe Festival

Two pieces by renowned choreographer, Viktor Plotnikov: Everlasting Arms and Nonsense in the Sense of Innocence.

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Baby Grand Theater  |  Wilmington, DE

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Giselle (Dover, DE)
Oct
12
3:00 pm15:00

Giselle (Dover, DE)

A haunting tale of passion, betrayal and redemption. Click on the photo for more details.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Schwartz Center for the Arts
Dover, DE

Cinderella
Apr
12
Apr 13

Cinderella

  • Grand Opera House

Delaware premiere of the beloved masterpiece with the ultimate happy ending. Click on the photo for more details.

Saturday, April 12 at 7 pm
Sunday, April 13 at 2 pm

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Irene
Feb
21
7:00 pm19:00

Irene

  • Grand Opera House

The world premiere of Irene, a vampire-themed ballet, on the mainstage of the Grand. This is an all-Delaware show with an exciting original score from guitarist, composer and teacher Shaun Dougherty; choreography from FSBT's Alex Buckner; live music including a symphonic string section, percussionists, pianist, guitar soloist and conductor.

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Up Front with FSBT
Feb
7
Feb 8

Up Front with FSBT

  • Baby Grand Studio 1

Classical and contemporary highlights, followed by a private reception with FSBT’s dancers, staff and board.

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