NEW ORLEANS -- For travel agents with business travelers who may
want to bring their families to the Crescent City, the New Orleans
Ballet Association (NOBA) can provide "one good, solid Saturday
night out," according to David Brown, the association's director of
Based in the Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts in
Armstrong Park, adjacent to the French Quarter, the NOBA provides
an ongoing series of multicultural dance performances that
highlight the diversity of the city.
"We bring companies in from all over the world," Brown said.
"What is important is that the dance represent those who live in
New Orleans, that it be as culturally diverse as this city is.
"So it's very natural for us in one season to have two
African-American companies, an Irish company, a Latin American
group and a European company."
Remember this is New Orleans, the heart of multicultural
America, the birthplace of jazz and rhythm and blues, Brown
And, he said, although ballet doesn't sound very kid-friendly,
the NOBA's performances certainly are.
The performances are at the cutting edge of modern dance, which
is -- thanks to media outlets such as MTV -- at the heart of
mainstream American pop culture today, Brown said.
The NOBA's schedule of performances is a potpourri of
On Feb. 1, the theater will present a return engagement of
Complexions, a dance company put together by former Alvin Ailey
dancers Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden that includes dancers
from Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Dance
Theatre of Harlem and Ballet Hispanico. The dance style combines
classical ballet, Broadway show attitude, Olympic gymnastics and
savvy street dance.
Tickets to Complexions are $26, $35, $42, $52 and $75. Travel
agents can buy tickets at a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.
Discounts on smaller groups are negotiable.
On March 15, the NOBA will present Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance
Theatre, which is known for its colorful costumes and its blending
of indigenous Brazilian rhythms with classical ballet styles.
On April 11 and 12, the Joffrey Ballet will perform a series of
pieces, known collectively as "Diaghilev Dynasty," based on the
choreographer Serge Diaghilev of the Ballet Russe in Paris. Pieces
include "The Rite of Spring," "Parade" and "Les Noces."
May 14 will bring Pilobolus Dance Theatre, a popular group that
combines acrobatics, dance and humor.
For more information, call NOBA at (504) 522-0996 or visit the
Web at www.nobadance.com.