dance 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' 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 Up Close and Personal: Louisville Ballet Opens Studio for Intimate Program http://wfpl.org/post/close-and-personal-louisville-ballet-opens-studio-intimate-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ashley Thursby&nbsp;admits that dancing in the Louisville Ballet's Studio Connections program can be a little intimidating, especially on classical pieces like Victor Gsovsky's "Grande Pas Classique." &nbsp;Compared to the Kentucky Center's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whitney Hall, where the company performs its </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">mainstage</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> productions, the audience in the company's rehearsal studio is so very close.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:38:55 +0000 Erin Keane 7293 at http://wfpl.org Up Close and Personal: Louisville Ballet Opens Studio for Intimate Program Brown-Forman Gift Will Fund Live Orchestra for Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker' http://wfpl.org/post/brown-forman-gift-will-fund-live-orchestra-louisville-ballets-nutcracker <p>For the second year in a row, a gift from the Brown-Forman Corporation will allow the Louisville Ballet to dance to live music in this year&rsquo;s production of &ldquo;The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.&rdquo;</p><p>A decade ago, the Louisville Orchestra accompanied all of the Ballet&rsquo;s performances. It would cost the Ballet about $380,000 a year to do that now (not even including conductors). That&rsquo;s 11 percent of the Ballet&rsquo;s annual budget, so these days, the ballet dances to recorded music.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 7008 at http://wfpl.org Brown-Forman Gift Will Fund Live Orchestra for Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker' Louisville Ballet Opens Season with 'Swan Lake' http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-ballet-opens-season-swan-lake <p>The Louisville Ballet opens its new season with one of the most enduring stories in the classical dance repertoire. <a href="http://www.louisvilleballet.org/performances/the-2013-2014-season/">“Swan Lake” opens Friday in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall </a>and runs for three performances through Saturday evening.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:24:41 +0000 Erin Keane 6770 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Ballet Opens Season with 'Swan Lake' Then The Curtain Opened: The Bracing Impact Of Stravinsky's 'Rite' http://wfpl.org/post/bracing-impact-stravinskys-rite-spring-after-100-years One hundred years ago this week, a ballet premiered that changed the art world. <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15162684" target="_blank">Igor Stravinsky</a>'s <em>Le Sacre du Printemps</em> — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/182844159/rite-of-spring" target="_blank"><em>The Rite of Spring</em></a> — was first seen by the public on May 29, 1913, in Paris. As the orchestra played <em>The</em> <em>Rite</em>'s swirling introduction, the audience at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées began to murmur. Wed, 29 May 2013 13:58:57 +0000 editor 5580 at http://wfpl.org Then The Curtain Opened: The Bracing Impact Of Stravinsky's 'Rite'