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Ballare Carmel tells Monterey County stories through dance. Whether we are uncovering real-life events, collaborating will local artists musicians, painters, and poets or sharing myths about the region, our repertory celebrates the local people and our lore. 

Just Don't End Up in the Pine Cone, Honey

by Ihsan Rustem

A Switzerland-based British boy's take on Carmel-by-the-Sea, this piece was commissioned in the fall of 2021 and includes dramaturgy and original paintings by prolific local artist Mark Baer. The work was so well-received at Ballare Carmel’s launch party that is set to be expanded for its world premiere at the Sunset Center in November 2022. 

Pie Cone

Here Lies

by James Gregg

In the winter of 2022, Carmel Dance Festival commissioned Los Angeles-based James Gregg to make a work set to Bach’s masterpiece, Chaconne. The work is scheduled to premiere in its entirety at the Sunset Center with fiddle-master Edwin Huizinga in November 2022.

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James Creation

by Jennifer Archibald

In the spring of 2022, Carmel Dance Festival commissioned African-Canadian, Brooklyn based choreographer Jennifer Archibald to make a new piece inspired by the life and work of Langston Hughes. The work premiered on November 4-5, 2022 at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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Arch Commission

The outer gate
by Noelle Kayser 

Carmel Dance Festival commissioned Chicago-based Noelle Kayser to create a new work for Ballare Carmel in August, 2022. Inspired by the pioneering women writers of Carmel, this immersive dance theater was experienced by audiences on August 5-7, 2022, at Folktale Winery and Vineyards.

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Exactly Midway Between

by Skye Schmidt

Combining Skye's passions for dance and photography, this multimedia work reflects a process of unfettering negativity and breaking ingrained cycles in order to experience a life filled with joy. The work was presented at Ballare Carmel's launch party in September 2021.

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