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Opera and dance events in New Orleans this fall

Ballet, new works and other performances



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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