Los Angeles Ballet Company
Posted 17 June 2002 - 04:13 PM
Posted 17 June 2002 - 05:24 PM
Its amazing to me too that LA can't support their own company. I guess they feel they get enough guesting companies during the year to fulfill their cultural diet. But then I live near a large city with a world class symphony, and Baltimore can't support a ballet company either!
Posted 22 June 2002 - 01:42 PM
The Los Angeles Ballet that was directed by John Clifford lasted for several years in the eary 80s and in fact toured to NY at one point (late 83?). The star of that tour was 16-year old Damian Woetzel, who would come to SAB full-time when the LA Ballet folded, study for at SAB for six months and join NYCB after the 1985 Workshop. The rest is history.
Posted 22 June 2002 - 05:44 PM
Posted 22 June 2002 - 07:27 PM
Good question about why L.A. can't support a company. Is the city too hip, pop and movie/rock oriented for ballet? Or would there have to be a BIG, all-star company to make it there? (I'm just guessing.)
Posted 23 June 2002 - 03:01 AM
Posted 23 June 2002 - 10:15 AM
Posted 01 July 2002 - 02:45 PM
I think the company you may have been thinking of was the LA Classical Ballet under the artistic direction of David Wilcox. This company was around in the 90's but is now gone. Their school is still around and is located in Long Beach.
As a resident of So Cal, I agree with the comments about urban sprawl and various other distractions keeping us from being able to successfully support our own company out here.
There are a couple smaller, regional professional companies who I believe are realizing good success - Ballet Pacifica and Inland Pacific Ballet.
Posted 06 May 2003 - 01:34 PM
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