On the eve of a snowy nor'easter, Pennsylvania Ballet danced the company premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain on Thursday night at the Merriam Theater. It is a gorgeous - and hopeful - homage to love and weather.
Set to music by Arvo Pärt, the piece features three pairs of dancers clad simply in gray - Julie Diana and Zachary Hench, Evelyn Kocak and Ian Hussey, and Lauren Fadeley and James Ihde - storming the stage.
Saturday, February 9
Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:24 PM
Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:29 PM
Cincinnati Ballet is one of just 13 ballet companies nationwide to reach 50 years, a feat in itself. But Morgan, who is in her 16th season as artistic director, has more to cheer about.
Thanks to a bequest of about $3 million from arts patron Louise Nippert, the company has only $1 million left to raise toward the $5 million goal of its largest-ever endowment campaign. The campaign was announced in September.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:30 PM
Founded in 1989 by Velasco and co-director Robin Sherertz Morgan, the small company gleefully embraces the unconventional. They’re known for dipping a toe into the contemporary dance idiom (see their “Mambomania”) and for not ranking their dancers officially as principals, soloists or corps de ballet.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:32 PM
With the CW Network’s filming crew camped out everywhere from the studios to backstage, it’s no wonder all eyes will be fixed on Christiana Bennett, Katherine Lawrence and Arolyn Williams. However, fans of the TV show “Breaking Pointe” will have to wait until summer to see any behind-the-scenes casting drama.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:33 PM
The ballet's best moments happen when Neumeier's editorializing fades into the woodwork and the original fairy tale shines through. The emotional and physical impact of the Mermaid's extreme sacrifice is the story's strongest element.
As embodied by Silvia Azzoni, the Mermaid is a pathetic, yearning creature who can barely exist in her new environment.....
Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:19 AM
Also on the program is Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante,” set to Tchaikovsky, and “Requiem for a Rose,” set to a Schubert’s Adagio from the String Quintet in C by up-and-coming Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.
The Austin Symphony Orchestra will provide the live accompaniment. (Earlier this season, the orchestra made “The Rite of Spring” the focus of a concert.)
Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:28 AM
The setting at the Quarry is often described as magical and the performances on this night could well be described with the same adjective.
The West Australian Ballet gave the audience two world premieres, Yes, I’ll move for you from Cass Mortimer Eipper and Jubilaté from Daniel Roberts, and by Glen Tetley the West Australian premiere of Voluntaries. How delightful to see three new contemporary works in an exciting triple bill.
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