Kathi E.B. Ellis http://wfpl.org en Strong Ensemble and Solo Efforts Anchor Louisville Ballet's Season Closer http://wfpl.org/post/strong-ensemble-and-solo-efforts-anchor-louisville-ballets-season-closer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Friday evening's opening performance of “Complementary Voices,” the culminating program of the 2013-2014 season, demonstrated the strength that has become the Louisville Ballet during Bruce Simpson's twelve-year tenure as Artistic Director. Currently a company of 24 dancers (plus trainees), the Louisville Ballet has acquired a cohesion and depth in recent years with the men's and women's corps being equally strong. At the same time, individual dancer's skills have been allowed to shine in solo roles. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:23:23 +0000 Kathi E.B. Ellis 9076 at http://wfpl.org Strong Ensemble and Solo Efforts Anchor Louisville Ballet's Season Closer REVIEW | Louisville Ballet Tells a Strong Story with 'La Sylphide' http://wfpl.org/post/review-louisville-ballet-tells-strong-story-la-sylphide <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend brings Louisville balletomanes the opportunity to see the Louisville Ballet's production of Danish choreographer&nbsp;Auguste Bournonville's&nbsp;1836 Romantic ballet “La </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sylphide.”</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;This is only the second time that the full ballet has been produced under artistic director Bruce Simpson's tenure, although the fall 2012 Studio Connections program included a cutting from Act Two, programming that suggested that the company was ready once more to essay this epitome of Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:43:24 +0000 Kathi E.B. Ellis 8673 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Louisville Ballet Tells a Strong Story with 'La Sylphide' REVIEW | Louisville Ballet Dancers Flex Choreography Muscles http://wfpl.org/post/review-louisville-ballet-dancers-flex-choreography-muscles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The 2014 Louisville Ballet Choreographers' Showcase is this week at the ballet's headquarters on Main Street. This year's Showcase brought together a smorgasbord of seventeen short pieces choreographed by company members and trainees, with almost half of the complete company represented as choreographers. Some pieces were choreographed by familiar names, while others contributed an original piece to the Showcase for the first time.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:20:58 +0000 Kathi E.B. Ellis 8346 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Louisville Ballet Dancers Flex Choreography Muscles REVIEW | Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker' a Pleasing Holiday Confection http://wfpl.org/post/review-louisville-ballets-nutcracker-pleasing-holiday-confection <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There have been many adaptations and re-creations of “The Nutcracker” since it gained currency in the West in the middle of the twentieth century. The Louisville Ballet's &nbsp;first unveiled their current version, "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker,"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in 2009, though the company has been offering various versions of the seasonal favorite since 1963. In his curtain speech, artistic director Bruce Simpson suggested that this lavish production will be good for fifteen or sixteen years, and certainly in year four of this iteration the costumes, sets and magic are holding up well, and the choreography still delights the multi-generational audience that braved Saturday's wintry conditions to make it to Whitney Hall.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With thanks to an additional gift from Brown-Forman, another treat for this year's ballet-goers is live music, with the Louisville Orchestra in the pit conducted by Tara </span>Somoncic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 16:41:22 +0000 Kathi E.B. Ellis 7831 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker' a Pleasing Holiday Confection