Louisville Ballet http://wfpl.org en Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson Programs One Last Season Before Retiring http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-ballet-artistic-director-bruce-simpson-programs-one-last-season-retiring <p>Louisville Ballet artistic director Bruce Simpson, who retires in July, will leave behind a new season for his successor.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2014-15 season opens in September with one of the most popular cornerstones of the classical repertoire. “Giselle” (Sept. 12-13) is a Romantic ballet about a village girl who dies of a broken heart, then is raised from the dead to seek revenge on her beloved, whom she saves instead.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:36:05 +0000 Erin Keane 9103 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson Programs One Last Season Before Retiring 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' Byline | FBI Looks at Metro Gov't; Legislature Mulls Felon Voting Rights; Corvette Museum Sinkhole http://wfpl.org/post/byline-fbi-looks-metro-govt-legislature-mulls-felon-voting-rights-corvette-museum-sinkhole <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136083688&amp;color=205075&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136083688&amp;color=205075&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wi Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:53:10 +0000 Laura Ellis 8670 at http://wfpl.org Byline | FBI Looks at Metro Gov't; Legislature Mulls Felon Voting Rights; Corvette Museum Sinkhole Louisville Ballet Leaders Care for Choreography Without Ego http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-ballet-leaders-care-choreography-without-ego <p>The Louisville Ballet opens the final full production of its season this week. Danish choreographer August Bournonville's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“La </span>Sylphide,”<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">one of the oldest surviving Romantic ballets, runs Friday and Saturday for three performances in the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 8600 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Ballet Leaders Care for Choreography Without Ego Louisville Ballet Names Cara Hicks General Manager http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-ballet-names-cara-hicks-general-manager <p>The Louisville Ballet announced yesterday that current Director of Marketing Cara Hicks will be the company's new general manager. Hicks joined the Ballet in 2011, and has worked for several major Louisville arts nonprofits, including Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Kentucky Opera.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">She will move into her new role on March 3.</span></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:05:19 +0000 Erin Keane 8431 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Ballet Names Cara Hicks General Manager 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 Angels and Jockeys and Rats, Oh My: The Kids of Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker' http://wfpl.org/post/angels-and-jockeys-and-rats-oh-my-kids-louisville-ballets-nutcracker <p></p><p>Every holiday season during “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker,” the Louisville Ballet’s cast swells with student dancers. This year, there are 118 spread over two casts. They play Christmas party kids, angels, tiny soldiers and rats – some are as young as seven years old.</p><p>WFPL’s Erin Keane goes backstage to visit the jockeys during rehearsal and chats all things Nutcracker with Christine Carrigan, a long-time volunteer who works as the children's cast coordinator, and Helen Daigle, a company dancer who choreographs the student dancers.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:52:23 +0000 Erin Keane 7871 at http://wfpl.org Angels and Jockeys and Rats, Oh My: The Kids of Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker' 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 Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson To Retire In July http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-ballet-artistic-director-bruce-simpson-retire-july <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Louisville Ballet has announced that artistic director Bruce Simpson, 64, will retire at the end of this season. Yesterday, Simpson informed the dancers, board of directors and staff that he will complete his tenure in July, when his current contract expires.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Simpson has served as artistic director since 2002.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:33:29 +0000 Erin Keane 7557 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson To Retire In July