Nine Sinatra Songs programFebruary 2-6, 2005
Posted 28 December 2004 - 08:22 PM
Neenan is a member of the corps de ballet, took part in NYCB's Choreographic Institute and Phrenic New Ballet. Has anybody seen his work?
Posted 29 December 2004 - 12:20 PM
I look forward to seeing Matt's newest ballet entitled " 11:11" And I can say that the PABallet dancers always shine when dancing his choreography! And I do think Matty is a choreographer to watch for......
Posted 05 January 2005 - 01:11 PM
Pennsylvania Ballet Presents the Company Premiere of Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs
January 3, 2005
PENNSYLVANIA BALLET SWOONS TO THE HITS OF OL’ BLUE EYES
IN THE COMPANY PREMIERE OF TWYLA THARP’S NINE SINATRA SONGS
Program includes Peter Martin’s The Waltz Project and
the world premiere of 11:11 by Pennsylvania Ballet member Matthew Neenan
February 2 – 6 at the Merriam Theater
Pennsylvania Ballet presents the Company premiere of Nine Sinatra Songs, choreographed by Tony Award winner Twyla Tharp, on a program that includes Peter Martin’s The Waltz Project and the world premiere 11:11 by Pennsylvania Ballet member Matthew Neenan February 2 through 6 at the Merriam Theatre.
Single tickets, priced $18.50 to $70.50, are available beginning January 4 by calling 215-336-2000 or by visiting www.paballet.org. Groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 215-551-7000, extension 1219 or 1212.
Nine Sinatra Songs is a show-stopping tribute to Frank Sinatra, with classic ballroom dance moves and costumes originally designed by Oscar de la Renta. Couples explore the complexities of the male-female bond as they dance to hits like “Strangers in the Night,” “That’s Life” and “My Way.” Each one of the nine songs has its own musical and dance/theater character, ranging from a close couple in late-night rapport to a couple engrossed in a battle of wits and maneuvers. First performed by Twyla Tharp Dance in 1982, this Company premiere is the first piece by Ms. Tharp to be added to Pennsylvania Ballet’s repertoire.
Peter Martin’s The Waltz Project, which was originally choreographed for New York City Ballet and was staged by New York City Ballet Assistant Ballet Master Russell Kaiser (brother of Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser), is based on a group of waltzes published in 1978 and recorded in 1981 by composers Robert Moran (a Philadelphian) and Robert Helps. Each of the 10 sequences used in this ballet are short, like the waltzes, and display jazzy and acrobatic moments interwoven with classic pointe work and ballet steps. The ambience is moody and reminiscent of Jerome Robbins. Pennsylvania Ballet first performed The Waltz Project in March 2002 to glowing reviews.
The program will also include the world premiere of 11:11 by Pennsylvania Ballet member Matthew Neenan, choreographed to the music of popular singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright. With earth-tone costumes designed by Principal Dancer Martha Chamberlain, the six-song work will be performed with a cast of 20 to such songs as “Vibrate,” “Poses” and “Oh What a World.”
The presentation of this ballet was made possible through the generosity of Penny and Bob Fox.
Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Company’s annual local season features six productions of classic favorites and new works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. For more information, call 215-551-7000 or visit www.paballet.org.
Second Program of the 2004-2005 Season:
Nine Sinatra Songs (Twyla Tharp, choreographer; Music: Songs sung by Frank Sinatra)
The Waltz Project (Peter Martins, choreographer; Music by various composers)
11:11 (Matthew Neenan, choreographer; Music by Rufus Wainwright)
Wednesday, February 2 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 4 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 5 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 6 at 2 p.m.
Single tickets, priced $18.50 to $70.50, are available beginning January 4 by calling 215-336-2000 or by visiting www.paballet.org. Groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 215-551-7000, extension 1212.
Posted 05 January 2005 - 09:12 PM
Posted 05 January 2005 - 11:13 PM
Posted 06 January 2005 - 01:55 AM
According to Twyla Tharp's website, Kudo joined Twyla Tharp's company in 1987. To see the reference on the TT site, click the 1980-1988 link, and she'll be sixth from the bottom, just above Gil Boggs.
Didn't she also dance with Twyla Tharp's own company at one time?
Posted 07 January 2005 - 02:29 PM
Posted 07 January 2005 - 03:42 PM
My favorite has always been "That's Life" - a kind of apache dance that ends in an unbelievable catch. It has to be seen to be believed. It was always spectacularly performed by Tom Rawe in the early.
You leave the theatre happy after this piece and I love the de la Renta cocktail dress costumes.
Posted 07 January 2005 - 04:16 PM
Posted 07 January 2005 - 07:58 PM
Posted 07 January 2005 - 08:08 PM
Posted 07 January 2005 - 09:04 PM
The two "group" sections come, if I remember, in the middle and at the end, and they're not so much "group" as multiple pas de deux on stage. They come to the "I Did It My Way" song, which frankly, I could live without ever hearing again. The apache dance that is the last PDD is exciting, but there are some other nice pas in the work as well.
Posted 08 January 2005 - 09:59 AM
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Posted 10 January 2005 - 10:01 PM
I hope to hear reviews of Matthew Neenan's new work. He's been given a lot of exposure by PA Ballet. They would seem to think we have a new ballet choreographer worth nurturing in him.
I'd love to see a documentary on the new ballet choreographer talent out there. If only PBS were living up to it's potential!
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