Sunday, January 22
Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:43 AM
The Nutcracker might not represent artistic growth for dancers or the pit orchestra, but a great performance at the box office is critical. The show accounts for 50 percent of all ticket sales for the season.
Twenty-two iterations of the "Waltz of the Flowers" and other dances produced $2.175 million for Pennsylvania Ballet this season. That's a little shy of the goal of $2.25 million, but about the same revenue as in the winter of 2010.
Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:46 AM
The girls, ages 5 to 7, are part of a weekly class called Ballet Expressions offered at Ballet Nouveau Colorado, the 20-year-old ballet company in Broomfield. What's different about Ballet Expressions is the children learning how to plie and tondue and how to express summertime activities in dance movement live with disabilities.
"They're learning everything that people in a typical ballet class learn," Hutton said. "My assumption is that they get all of the same things that I got when I was younger and taking dance classes; they're learning body awareness and proprioception, they're learning good self-esteem, they're learning discipline and focus and memorization and how to retain things from one week to the next."
Posted 23 January 2012 - 11:25 AM
Christopher Wheeldon's 2002 "Continuum" paired Sofiane Sylve and Vito Mazzeo to spectacular results. Neither of them had performed it before. With pianist Michael McGraw doing the honors on Ligeti's score, this duet became one of the Gala's highlights. On the surface Mazzeo played the traditional role of "showing off the ballerina," supporting her in cantilevered turns, fractured lines and joint-challenging entanglements. But these dancers worked together like one organism, he the source of energy that allowed her metamorphosis. Watching them was like observing evolution in action or time-lapse photography of something mysterious being born.
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