Performances & Tickets

2014-2015 50th Anniversary Season

OBC_NutcrackerMarieDrosselmeyerGraham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker”
December 20-21, 2014
The Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway, Oakland

Choreographer: Graham Lustig
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set and Costume Design: Zack Brown

Performance Dates:
Oakland Ballet Company Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker - Chinese NightingaleSaturday, December 20, 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 20, 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 21, 2:00 pm

Oakland Ballet Company’s dynamic dancers fill the stage of the Paramount Theatre along with local dance students, youth choral members and the Oakland East Bay Symphony.

Graham Lustig’s spritely and fresh choreography makes this a holiday tradition that is fun for then entire family. Brimming with holiday magic, this is the Nutcracker to see!

More information and purchase tickets to Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker.

OaklandBallet_Bamboo_byMichaelLoweFive Decades of Dance
May 22-23, 2015
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center
Laney College
900 Fallon Street, Oakland

Performance Dates:
Friday, May 22, 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 23, 2:00 pm
Saturday, May 23, 8:00 pm

OaklandBallet_Pulcinella_byGrahamLustigThe 50th Anniversary Spring Season will highlight all that the community has cherished about Oakland Ballet over the past five decades. This two-part program will honor OBC’s history by re-staging many beloved works from the Diaghilev era and celebrate OBC’s next 50 years with new works created by star choreographers whose early careers were shaped by their work with the company.

Learn more about the works that will appear in the 50th Anniversary Spring Season.


An Inspirational 2013-2014 Season

Vincent Chavez, Rayshawn “Looney” Thompson (of the Turffeinz) and Alysia Chang in Oakland Ballet Company's Spring Repertory performance, "Oakland-esque." Photo by Davide DeSilva.

Vincent Chavez, Rayshawn “Looney” Thompson (of the Turffeinz) and Alysia Chang in Oakland Ballet Company’s Spring Repertory performance, “Oakland-esque.” Photo by Davide DeSilva.

Oakland Ballet Company enjoyed a very successful 2013-2014 season. More than 7,000 patrons packed the historic Paramount Theatre in December for Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker,” and spring repertory season production, “Oakland-esque” garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics.

OBC continued it’s decades long tradition of making the arts accessible to all community members. The “Discover Dance” educational outreach program brought the joy of dance to more than 5,000 East Bay students, offered free performances at many venues around the Bay Area and awarded scholarships to OBC training programs to 10 promising young dancers.

Photo by David DeSilva

Oakland Ballet Company’s 2013-2014 season opened with Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker  at the iconic Paramount Theater with the live accompaniment of Michael Morgan and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. This heartwarming production is a holiday treat for all ages.

Learn more about this cherished East Bay tradition >

A highlight of the season was the spring repertory production, “Oakland-esque” – an Oakland inspired evening of dance and music held at the Malonga Theater in May. TIP - Oaklandesque _ May 2014“Oakland-esque,” featured four new dance works all inspired by the richness and diversity present in Oakland.

“Oakland-esque” boasted sold out performances, high-profile news coverage, and rave critical reviews. Carla Escoda from “The Huffington Post” wrote, “A program that celebrates this spirited city with such style and invention deserves a long run, in many different venues. Purists may grumble, but this is the future of ballet. Companies in other cities should pay attention.”

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