Abstract contemporary dance is interesting to a point. Classical ballets have their place. But what if these narratives made their way onto the scene? Choreographers, start planning!
Muskrat Lake: Surprise, surprise...Odette has a brother! When he tries to protect Odette, Von Rothbart is not happy and lays a special type of curse on him as well. Little does Von Rothbart know that he's going to face down the muskrat rugby team in the climactic 4th act!
Harry Potter the Ballet: forget Carabosse; there's a new ballet villain in town. Voldemort gets to dance an exquisite pas de deux with Harry, who's played by a ballerina, and Hermione essentially fouettes to the top of the class. Warning: strobe lights are used in this production.
Juliet!: what if Shakespeare's classic, tragedy-bound heroine was able to counsel the other impulsive females in the ballet canon? And what if she was actually really, really funny? In this quirky tale, Juliet is a ghost but able to reach Giselle, Cinderella, Aurora, and even Onegin's Tatiana to change the course of their lives. She combines the historical wisdom of a matchmaker with the gentle practicality of a college advisor and everybody wins!
2 & 3 Part Inceptions: much like Christopher Nolan's layered movie "Inception" (and this hysterical musical parody) this loosely-plotted ballet features dances within dances within dances...Oh, wait, basically it's all divertissements. The scenic and costume designers will have a ball accommodating the technical requirements of this one.
Goodnight, Moon: Each character in the beloved children's book gets a sweepingly classical variation. There will be short intermissions every ten minutes so that the kids in the audience can run around and make noise; however, by the final adagio, the music has slowed down enough in tempo that it's expected most patrons will be asleep.