BalletMet at the RiffeDance for lovers
Posted 02 February 2004 - 07:10 PM
Just thought I'd post the performance dates of BalletMet's next programs at the Riffe.
(I believe this is permitted, yes?)
Thursday February 12, 7:30 p.m.
Friday February 13, 8 p.m.
Saturday February 14, 8 p.m.
Sunday February 15, 2 p.m.
Thursday February 19, 7:30 p.m.
Friday February 20, 8 p.m.
Saturday February 21, 8 p.m.
The featured piece is Stanton Welch's beautiful and inspiring "A Time to Dance" set to Dvoräk's memorable Slavonic Dances.
Also included and sure to please are "Colores De Alma" with choreography by Deanna Carter and "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off", choreography by Harrison McEldowney.
I'm told there will be two other surprise pieces on the program.
Hope you all get the opportunity to experience a wonderful and outstanding evening of ballet at its best.
I'll be looking fprward to comparing notes after the programs.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 07:14 PM
It would be good to have a post-performance talk, too, although we've never found a good balance to this, to tell you the truth. It can be very valuable to have discussion between audience and artist, but Audience sometimes gets very quiet in such a siituation, and is reluctant to post what they really think.... so we'll have to play this by ear. I hope you understand.
I hope you'll join in our discussions so people will get to know you -- we have several dancers, former dancers, choreographers, ballet masters here, and it usually works out quite well.
Edited by Alexandra, 02 February 2004 - 07:35 PM.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 07:55 PM
I don't want anyone to mistake me for a dancer, even though I would consider it an honor. Something about false pretenses. (There's no chance of that if a photo of me were circulated.) I've always had two left feet and have been pretty much out of balance for quite a few years. :grinning: I'm a 38 waist on my good days.
I guess one could consider me an artist since I have done a bit of lighting for ballets and have had a few of my photos published in Dance Magazine, probably before you were born. (1970s)
I will admit, though that when I met my future wife who was dancing the "Can-Can" in "The Merry Widow", which I was lighting, and finally talked her into going out, I took her to the only place in town with a dance band and we danced the night away. Guess I was dancer enough for her since we celebrated our 40th anniversary last August.
People have always said that I am very easy to talk to, so I'll see if we can get some responses after the performances.
Jack "sailor" Kamer or as I'm known at BalletMet, Mr. Daryl. (Yes, she's the Director of the school)
Posted 02 February 2004 - 07:58 PM
I'm serious about being happy to host a post-performance chat. If you want to put up a notice somewhere inviting people to log on and come to this forum, maybe we'll stir something up
Posted 02 February 2004 - 08:37 PM
Wow, we might be on to something.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 09:03 PM
Posted 03 February 2004 - 12:09 PM
Posted 03 February 2004 - 06:06 PM
Glad you asked about future performances by BalletMet.
A great production of "Beauty and the Beast" will be performed at the beautiful Ohio Theatre March 11-14.
Here's the hype from the web page...
The enchanting story of Beauty and the Beast, one of the world's best-loved fairytales, returns to BalletMet with innovative choreography, new costumes, and fresh music performed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Following critically acclaimed performances around the world, choreographer David Nixon will stage his updated version of this classic story. For hundreds of years, children have been captivated by the story of Beauty, a beautiful young woman who befriends a pure-hearted beast, and in turn, each falls in love with the soul of the other. Dazzling costumes, breathtaking dancing and a powerful moral combine to create a magical experience. Beauty and the Beast is a testament to the power of the human heart.
Hope you are able to attend.
Posted 03 February 2004 - 06:14 PM
Watch this space.
Hope you enjoy your friend's performances at Dallas-FT. Worth. You'll have to let us know how it goes.
Posted 03 February 2004 - 08:31 PM
Posted 21 February 2004 - 08:54 PM
Posted 22 February 2004 - 09:57 AM
I am so glad you enjoyed Rendezvous!!
I loved Colores-so glad to see more from female choreographers!
A funny side note about Call the Whole Thing Off- the dancers were allowed to create their own monologues, and Patrick Howell's was particularly hysterical, especially about the whole "Nair" thing!!
Posted 22 February 2004 - 07:14 PM
First of all, I want everyone to understand that though I have seen a whole lot of dance since 1960, I have no formal training. I don't know the names of all the steps, nor could I demonstrate fifth position even to win a bet. :rolleyes:
My artist's eye usually tells me when things look right, however.
Deanna Carter's "Colores de Alma" opened the program and was very beautifully done. The constant movement of dancers in the background was sort of like a Greek chorus. You were aware of this marvelous counterpoint of movement and color going on, but it only served to heighten the enjoyment of the dance. At times all the dancers moved in unison; at others, they moved in canon. Reminded me of waves, and was most pleasing to the eye.
The astounding part was that the piece ran almost 30 minutes, but seemed to take only about 15! To paraphrase..there was never a dull moment.
Dimitri Suslov and Carrie West then treated us to a lyrical, beautifully danced Sleeping Beauty Pas. They were the perfect couple and danced as though there were some inner connection that they deigned to share with us. I don't believe I've seen them dance any better. The coda raised goose bumps.
Derek Sakakura's and Erin Barnard's interpretation of David Nixon's "The Man I Love" was a wonderful Valentine's gift. I fell in love all over again with my wife, the ballet and Gershwin's music. They simply danced beautifully. I will say, however, that the lighting designer in me longed for a deep purple cyc instead of the brilliant red one. Since they both wore red costumes there were times when they almost disappeared into the background.
Justin Gibbs and Christie Mangia were positively delightful in "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off". The extemporaneous speaking they did was hilarious. While one "droned" on, the other danced very expressively. One had no doubt as to what was going on. They had big fun with it and by extension, so did we.
Stanton Welch's "A Time to Dance" certainly lived up to its name. The company danced and danced in some of the most intricate and difficult choreography I've seen. The piece and dancers flowed seamlessly from one movement to the next. Sometimes I wasn't sure we were in the next one! Everyone danced as if there were no tomorrow and kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a true feast for the eyes.
I believe Columbus is fortunate to have a company that can not only do the classics, but will step out and up and present us with new and very different dance. It helps us all to grow and keeps us alive. Stop learning new things and you stop living.
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