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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Dec
22
to Dec 23

The Nutcracker

FIRST STATE BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS: THE NUTCRACKER

 

Friday, December 22, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $14.99 - $50

The Grand Opera House Copeland Hall

818 Market Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

 

Join Delaware’s only professional ballet company for Wilmington’s favorite holiday tradition! Experience the magical journey through the land of sweets in FSBT’s lavish production of The Nutcracker on the main stage on December 22 - 23 at The Grand Opera House.

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Nov
17
to Nov 18

UP Front with FSBT

FIRST STATE BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS: UP FRONT WITH FSBT

 

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $25 - $45

The Baby Grand Theater Studio 1

818 Market Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

 

On November 17 - 18 FSBT presents Up Front, one of our most popular events of the season. Performed in Studio 1 at the Baby Grand, Up Front gives audiences the chance to experience the dancing in an intimate setting. The program includes highlights from the classical repertoire and new contemporary work. Join FSBT dancers after the performance for a reception in our studios!

 

 

  

 

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Apr
8
to 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

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Feb
18
to 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.

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Dec
17
to 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.

 

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Nov
11
to 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.

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Swan Lake
Oct
22
to 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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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

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Irene
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Irene

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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