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 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 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' Helen Starr: Ballet Gives You a Body Language http://wfpl.org/post/helen-starr-ballet-gives-you-body-language <p>As a soloist with the Royal Ballet and a principal dancer with the London Ballet Festival, Helen Starr danced many of the lead roles in classical ballets. But she didn’t dance the role of Juliet to Sergei Prokofiev’s score until 1985 when her husband Alun Jones, then artistic director, choreographed his version of the ballet in Louisville.</p><p>Now retired from the company, Jones and Starr return every five or six years to stage the version of Shakespeare’s tragic love story that they created together. They open another production this weekend in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:40:03 +0000 Erin Keane 4285 at http://wfpl.org Helen Starr: Ballet Gives You a Body Language The Big Break: Stretching in New Roles http://wfpl.org/post/big-break-stretching-new-roles <p></p><p>On our audio diary series The Big Break, two of our artists stretch their artistic muscles in rehearsal this week. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks finds the most difficult work in her upcoming Choreographer Showcase is a contemporary dance, because she has focused so intently on ballet movements since she started college. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach takes to the air in rehearsals for the Humana Festival apprentice showcase "Sleep Rock Thy Brain," a collection of one-act plays that all feature flying—as in, strap the actors into harnesses, hoist them high and let them act in mid-air—as a metaphor for sleep.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 3340 at http://wfpl.org The Big Break: Stretching in New Roles Dance Theatre of Harlem Company Reborn, Launches New Tour in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/dance-theatre-harlem-company-reborn-launches-new-tour-louisville <p>After an eight-year hiatus, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company is back on the road, and its first stop is Louisville.</p><p>Founded in New York City in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell, <a href="http://dancetheatreofharlem.org/">Dance Theatre of Harlem</a> is a rigorous ballet training program with an internationally-acclaimed professional dance company committed to racial diversity in ballet. The organization struggled financially in the years after September 11, 2001, and suspended its company in 2004.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:12:25 +0000 Erin Keane 2066 at http://wfpl.org Dance Theatre of Harlem Company Reborn, Launches New Tour in Louisville