The 2,300 seats in the Kennedy Center’s Opera House were full on opening night and for each performance of the sold-out five-day run.
I wish all Utahns could have been there, not only to witness the stunning performance of our artists but to see the beaming faces of some Ballet West Board members who were in attendance.
Monday, December 24
Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:31 PM
Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:34 PM
Joy Womack danced the role of the sugar plum fairy in this season’s production. She grew up dancing in the Westside Ballet. But she didn’t stop there. At 18 years old, she’s the first American ballerina Russia's Bolshoi Ballet has hired. Womack said she came back to dance the ballet’s starring role because she wanted to honor what she'd learned from Mounsey.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:37 PM
In terms of strategies it’s a revolution away from the era when it was enough to buy ad space in the mass media, put up some posters and expect to sell tickets.
From the 1970s onward, the major thrust was toward discounted season subscriptions. It worked well, until people’s lives became so busy and unpredictable they found it harder and harder to commit far in advance. Industry-wide, sales for full or even mini-subscriptions have softened, making it more crucial than ever to attract single-ticket buyers.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:40 PM
A bounty of new works, as well as familiar themes, graced the dance scene in Northeast Ohio in 2012. From classical ballet to hot-off-the-presses modern dance, the offerings provided much terpsichorean nourishment.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:52 PM
Designed by artist Tatyana Khromoseyeva, the rings, pendants, necklaces, earrings and bracelets in “Images of the Russian Ballet” evoke the movement of dancers in the depiction of a ballerina’s tutu in full performance.
Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:22 AM
As part of the Trocks’ mission, Mr. Dobrin likes to offer audiences an opportunity to see idiosyncratic works, like “Laurencia.” “Everything in the Russian repertory has a specific look,” he said, “especially in regard to the national styles of the character dancing.”
“Western dancers usually don’t have this as part of their training, because it’s considered too exaggerated and old-fashioned,” he added. “The fun aspect of dancing with the Trocks is learning and performing the proper style of the individual ballets. It’s also one of the fun aspects of watching a performance of the Trocks.”
Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:25 AM
The camera work is even more frustrating in the big ensemble pieces, "Snow" and "Waltz of the Flowers." All of those lovely patterns and the sweep and flow are chopped up and broken into fragments. That's a shame because Clara and the Nutcracker (Ricardo Cervera)—now turned into a real person—weave their way in and out of both scenes in a seamless, heady rush, enthralled by each other and the joys in their midst.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune
That said, this is a grander and more elaborate production than you will likely see elsewhere, with as many as 120 dancers on stage, more than 600 costumes — from Elizabethan wigs to glittering angel wings — and a Christmas tree that, with the help of a rising bridge, grows to truly immense proportions. (A back-stage tour during intermission filled viewers in on how the “magic” works.) That’s not to say, however, it’s all material flash; the dancing, from the principals to the lower school children in the roles of party children, mice and soldiers, is uniformly clean, crisp and correct, yet full of life.
Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:27 AM
But, on Monday the heavily made up ballet troupe made the appearance on its off day. The troupe, known throughout the world after making appearances in more than 30 countries, shared their excitement by racing out into the streets after launching the morning markets.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:46 PM
This is his third, military-themed “Nutcracker” in Connecticut. He invites veterans’ groups to the show each year, along with the public, and has a Marines Toys For Tots collection associated with it.
“It’s the perfect merging of the two worlds I’ve inhabited for so long,” Baca explained. “For most ballet dancers, ‘The Nutcracker’ is their bread and butter. I’ve been able to look at this story and re-imagine it."
Related article posted in the Links earlier this year, also courtesy of YouOver There.
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