The fall season will feature the company premiere of Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto, along with the premiere of University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory faculty Paula Weber's Canzone I and II and Margo Sappington's ZUZU Lounge, which premiered in 2002.
The holiday season will bring performances of The Nutcracker, which, according to the Kansas City Star, earned $60,000 less than its goal last season.
The company's winter-season program features Fernand Nault's La Fille mal gard_e, former artistic director Todd Bolender's Grand Tarantella, and a work by current artistic director William Whitener that incorporates Beat, a solo set to music by Miles Davis.
In the spring, the company presents Bolender's Voyager, a ballet created in collaboration with Kansas City light sculptor Dale Eldred; Twyla Tharp's Catherine Wheel Suite, a company premiere with elements of Tharp's earlier Catherine Wheel set to music by David Byrne; and a program called Six Solos of Consequence featuring solos by choreographers Duncan, Mary Wigman, Claire Porter, Fosse, and Balanchine.
The company is almost certainly facing a smaller budget, according to the Star. Executive director Jeffrey Bentley said that because of shortfalls including the Nutcracker ticket sales, the budget could be as much as $200,000 less than it was last season.