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(Robert Curran with Kateryna Sellers. Photo credit Renata Pavam)

The Louisville Ballet presents the closing production of its 2014-15 season, a mixed program entitled “A New World,” Friday and Saturday evening at the Brown Theatre.

It’s the first time that Louisville audiences will see work selected by artistic director Robert Curran, who took over from longtime artistic director Bruce Simpson last summer.

The program is comprised of three separate works, each noteworthy in their own way. The first, Serge Lifar’s “Suite en Blanc,” with music by French composer Edouard Lalo, will be performed for only the third time in the U.S. since its creation in 1943.

George Balanchine’s “Square Dance,” with music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli, will be performed with new scenic design by Louisville artist Letitia Quesenberry and new costumes from New York-based designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung. Louisville Ballet received special permission from the Balanchine Trust, which oversees all performances of Balanchine’s work, to update the visual aspects of the piece.

The third piece is a world premiere by Australian choreographer Lucas Jervies, “What Light is to Our Eyes,” with music by American composer Sebastian Chang. Curran is a former dancer with Australian Ballet and has previously collaborated with Jervies.

Text by Tara Anderson

Here’s a preview of Quesenberry’s new art for “Square Dance”

Daniel Gilliam is the weekday afternoon host (1-3pm) on 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville, and director of radio for Louisville Public Media.