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Opera and dance events in New Orleans this fall 

Ballet, new works and other performances

click to enlarge Ballet Hispanico performs Oct. 21.

Photo by Paula Lobo

Ballet Hispanico performs Oct. 21.


Oct. 6 & 8

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

The New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) presents the double bill of short operas about love, jealousy and infidelity.

Mahalia Jackson Theater


Oct. 21-22


On the centennial of Scott Joplin's death, OperaCreole and Cripple Creek Theatre present his opera about a woman on a former slave plantation who learns to read and rejects charlatans who prey on people's ignorance and fears.

Music Box Village


Nov. 10 & 12

Orpheus in the Underworld

NOOA presents Jacques Offenbach's irreverent take on the Orpheus story, in which he seeks to rescue Eurydice from the Underworld.

Mahalia Jackson Theater



Oct. 6-8

Book of Saints

The Marigny Opera Ballet opens its fourth season with an original full-length ballet inspired by Teresa of Avila, Francis of Assisi and Sebastian Martyr.

Marigny Opera House


Oct. 7

Ghostly Cotillion

Crescent Lotus Dance Studio presents the ghost story in which spirits return to earth 100 years after a deadly fire.

Valiant Theatre & Lounge


Oct. 13-15

Trisha Brown: In Plain Site

Trisha Brown Dance Company presents pieces from its repertoire in galleries and spaces throughout the arts center.



Oct. 21

Ballet Hispanico

The program includes a tribute to Cuban dance with music from Paquito D'Rivera, a flamenco-inspired piece and more.

Mahalia Jackson Theater


Nov. 5

So You Think You Can Dance

The cast of season 14 of the TV dance competition performs.

Saenger Theatre


Nov. 10-11

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The young troupe presents works by Alejandro Cerrudo, Cayetano Soto and Jorma Elo.



Nov. 17-18

Monster Outside

Sidra Bell Dance New York and composer Per Storby present the world premiere of a work about outsiders and the patterns of daily life.



Nov. 26

The Aesthetics of Garbage: A Research Trilogy (Vol. 1)

Choreographer Meryl Murman presents a multidisciplinary piece inspired by discarded ideas.

Art Klub


The Hip-Hop Nutcracker

Kurtis Blow performs in the reworking of the holiday tale set in 1980s Brooklyn and featuring a dozen dancers and a violinist.

Saenger Theatre


Dec. 1-3

Christmas Cocktails

The Marigny Opera Ballet presents works choreographed by Diogo de Lima, Maritza Mercado-Narcisse and Nikki Hefko.

Marigny Opera House


Dec. 2

Artivism Dance Theatre

Artivism Artistic Director Sophia Rabinovitz presents pieces from the company's repertoire of social justice-themed works.

Art Klub


Dec. 16-17 & 22

The Nutcracker

New Orleans Ballet Theatre presents the holiday ballet.

Orpheum Theater


Dec. 19-24

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

The touring Broadway musical is based on the classic holiday movie starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

Saenger Theatre


Dec. 22-23


Delta Festival Ballet presents the holiday classic.

Mahalia Jackson Theater


Dec. 26

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

The Russian company presents Tchaikovsky's classic.

Saenger Theatre


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