Louisville Ballet

Arts and Humanities
2:38 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Up Close and Personal: Louisville Ballet Opens Studio for Intimate Program

Ashley Thursby dancing "La Vivandière" by Arthur Saint-Léon with Rob Morrow in Studio Connections.
Credit Wade Bell / Louisville Ballet

Ashley Thursby 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."  Compared to the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall, where the company performs its mainstage productions, the audience in the company's rehearsal studio is so very close. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Brown-Forman Gift Will Fund Live Orchestra for Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

"The Brown-Forman Nutcracker," Louisville Ballet.
Credit Louisville Ballet / Kentucky Center

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’s production of “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.”

A decade ago, the Louisville Orchestra accompanied all of the Ballet’s performances. It would cost the Ballet about $380,000 a year to do that now (not even including conductors). That’s 11 percent of the Ballet’s annual budget, so these days, the ballet dances to recorded music.

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Arts and Humanities
4:24 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Louisville Ballet Opens Season with 'Swan Lake'

The Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet opens its new season with one of the most enduring stories in the classical dance repertoire. “Swan Lake” opens Friday in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall and runs for three performances through Saturday evening.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

The Big Break: The Grand Finale

The first season of our audio diary series “The Big Break,” comes to a close this week. Since last fall, understudies and apprentices take us behind the curtain at the Kentucky Opera, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Louisville Ballet. 

We'll launch the next season of The Big Break with a new class of up-and-coming artists in the early fall. 

For their final diaries, actor Samantha Beach and dancer Claire Horrocks reflect on their time in Louisville and shaer what lies ahead now that the season is over. 

Arts and Humanities
4:38 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Back to Their Roots: Louisville Ballet's Next Season Goes Back to Classics

Mikelle Bruzina and Joseph Nygren Cox in the 2010 Louisville Ballet production of "Swan Lake."
Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet returns to its classical ballet foundation for its 2013-14 season. Val Caniparoli’s “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” reprises its role as season anchor on December 3, bookended by full productions of “Swan Lake” and the Romantic classic “La Sylphide.”

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

The Big Break: The Next Steps

On our audio diary series “The Big Break,” understudies and apprentices take us behind the curtain at the Kentucky Opera, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Louisville Ballet. The season is almost over for the actors and dancers. Her time in Louisville is almost up, so Actors Theater apprentice Samantha Beach has to decide where she wants to build the next phase of her career. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks makes plans for her summer that will help her prepare for a possibility every dancer fears -- the day she can't dance anymore.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Big Break: High Notes and Early Calls

This week on The Big Break, Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach reflects on tech week for "Sleep Rock Thy Brain," the apprentice play that opened last weekend in the Humana Festival of New American Plays. (The music in this week's episode is from "Sleep Rock Thy Brain," composed and performed by Scott Anthony, the show's composer and sound designer.)

Over at the Louisville Ballet, trainee Claire Horrocks, who also teaches at the ballet school, describes the joyful madness that is a spring showcase, a true community effort at the Louisville Ballet School. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

The Big Break: On Your Toes

This week on The Big Break, the Louisville Ballet rehearses for its upcoming mixed repertory program, Breaking Ground while trainee Claire Horrocks gets called up to the stage for a surprise bonus role. Over at Actors Theatre of Louisville, acting apprentice Samantha Beach finishes up rehearsals for "Sleep Rock Thy Brain," the apprentice anthology play that opens this weekend, and she reflects on the new play rehearsal process. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Big Break: Reaching and Teaching

This week on The Big Break, our audio diarists talk about being on both sides of the showcase process. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach is rehearsing for her short scene showcase, which will be seen by casting directors and other influential industry members during Humana Festival. That's one way the apprentice program helps young actors like Samantha set up their post-Actors career. Over at the Louisville Ballet School, where ballet trainee Claire Horrocks teaches, her young students are preparing for their annual recital.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Big Break: Demos and Drafts

This week on The Big Break, our audio diarists take us inside the rehearsal process for a brand-new play and out into the schools for ballet demonstrations. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach works with playwright Lucas Hnath on "Night, Night," his act of "Sleep Rock Thy Brain," the high-flying apprentice showcase opening in the Humana Festival of New American Plays this month. The ballet company takes the week off, but not the trainees, so Claire Horrocks takes us into the schools with the trainee demonstration program. 

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