In 2012, Desert Botanical Garden and Ballet Arizona began a collaboration with the hopes of infusing art and nature in an unforgettable experience to challenge emotional boundaries. Ib Andersen, artistic director of Ballet Arizona, created TOPIA, a brilliant performance inspired by the Sonoran Desert to the music of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. For 16 nights in May 2012, the desert came to life as the full company of Ballet Arizona performed on an 80-foot panoramic stage overlooking the Garden at sunset. The performance was so successful it returned in 2013.

“One of the pillars of the Garden’s programs is to explore the intersection of art and nature. The wonderful thing about this intersection is that each enriches the other,” says Ken Schutz, The Dr. William Huizingh Executive Director. “When we had the opportunity to work with Ballet Arizona and do a visual performance here at the Garden playing off our strengths of the plants and landscape and the Ballet’s strengths of the beauty and athleticism of the dancers and the genius of Ib Andersen’s creation, it seemed like a perfect match.”

With continued success through the years, Desert Botanical Garden and Ballet Arizona will continue its partnership until 2020. Arizonans and international visitors continue to be enchanted by works of art that embrace the desert as a stunning backdrop.

This year Andersen’s vision for dance in the desert continues to evolve and take chances with a sensory experience unlike any other. Experience a presentation of movement, sound and multimedia as TOPIA returns to the Garden. Enjoy an al fresco dinner and toast the sunset. Become part of the TOPIA dance experience, where nature and art merge to reveal the complex beauty of the desert.

Performance Information
Tuesdays – Saturday, May 23- June 10
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., performance begins at 8 p.m.

General Public: $36
Table Seating: $60
Premium Table Seating: $80
To purchase tickets visit, or call Ballet Arizona Box Office at 602 381.1096.

May 24 - Desert Botanical Garden Friends & Family Night
Desert Botanical Garden presents a special Friends & Family performance of Ballet Arizona’s TOPIA. Your ticket purchase for this evening will help the Garden complete The Saguaro Initiative campaign and attendees will receive a complimentary Cactomania gift! To purchase tickets, please call the Ballet Arizona Box Office at 602 381.1096 and mention that you are part of the DBG Friends & Family group.