Kathi E.B. Ellis

Kathi Ellis's love of ballet was instilled as a teen watching The Royal Ballet, The London Festival Ballet, The Ballet Rambert and London Contemporary Dance Theatre, as well as many companies touring to London. In addition, she became fascinated with Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, and became a major user of interlibrary loans exploring the biographies of these amazing early-twentieth century dance icons.  As a theatre director, she is a member of the Lincoln Center and Chicago Directors' Labs, and an associate member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. Her work has been recognized with nominations for the South Florida Theatre Carbonell Award. Ellis has written book reviews and articles for “Southern Theatre,” the quarterly publication of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and was a contributing writer for the first edition of Jefferson County Public Schools' textbook for 11th grade Arts and Humanities survey course and for YouthArts Tapestry, a Kentucky Arts Council publication. Ellis also writes for Arts-Louisville.com. Most recently her article “My Journey with Gene” was published in the Eugene O'Neill Society Newsletter.

Arts and Humanities
4:25 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

'Giselle' Offers Possible Glimpse of Louisville Ballet's Future

Credit Wade Bell

This week sees the beginning of a new era at the Louisville Ballet. Its 2014-2015 season kicks off with Giselle, the first production at which audiences will be able to begin to glean new artistic director Robert Curran's aesthetic.

Giselle, together with the bulk of the current season was, of course, programmed by outgoing artistic director Bruce Simpson. And it is a strong choice for a company that during his tenure developed a strong sensibility for the Romantic ballets (as well as a vibrant approach to contemporary choreography.)

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Arts and Humanities
11:23 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Strong Ensemble and Solo Efforts Anchor Louisville Ballet's Season Closer

Kateryna Sellers and Eduard Forehand in Val Caniparoli's "Spaghetti Western."
Credit Wade Bell / Louisville Ballet

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. Both these attributes were on show during this program.

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Arts and Humanities
10:43 am
Sat February 22, 2014

REVIEW | Louisville Ballet Tells a Strong Story with 'La Sylphide'

Erica de la O dancing the title role in the Louisville Ballet's "La Sylphide."
Credit Wade Bell / Louisville Ballet

This weekend brings Louisville balletomanes the opportunity to see the Louisville Ballet's production of Danish choreographer Auguste Bournonville's 1836 Romantic ballet “La Sylphide.” 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 Romantic ballet in full.

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Arts and Humanities
1:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

REVIEW | Louisville Ballet Dancers Flex Choreography Muscles

Natalia Ashikhmina in Rob Morrow's “Paranoia Prima” in the Louisville Ballet's 2014 Choreographers' Showcase.
Credit David Toczko / Louisville Ballet

  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. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:41 am
Sun December 8, 2013

REVIEW | Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker' a Pleasing Holiday Confection

Credit Louisville Ballet

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  first unveiled their current version, "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker," 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. 

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 Somoncic.

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