Review: Lady in the Storm

By Kathi E.B. Lewis for ARTS-LOUISVILLE August 10, 2017 This week sees the closing of Kentucky Shakespeare’s 57th season of free, continuous, outdoor Shakespeare productions, making it the oldest company of its kind in the country. To mark the second and final Community Partner Week, they are teaming up with the Louisville Ballet, one of … Continued

Ballet, music make ‘Lady Lear’ a fresh take on Shakes

By Eli Keel for LEO WEEKLY August 9, 2017 Kentucky Shakespeare’s parade of excellent community partners culminates this week as it hosts The Louisville Ballet’s “Lady Lear,” an ambitious, new work inspired by “King Lear.” Last summer, Louisville Ballet teamed with KY Shakes to present choreographer Roger Creel’s “William’s Folly,” a new work based on … Continued

Review: ‘Lady Lear’ is an exciting addition to two canons: Kentucky Shakespeare and Louisville Ballet

By Eli Keel for INSIDER LOUISVILLE August 10, 2017 “Lady Lear,” the last show of Kentucky Shakespeare’s 57th season, opened Wednesday night in Louisville’s Central Park. An audience of more than 500 sat in the unreasonably lovely August evening to watch a bold and exciting production by the Louisville Ballet, created by two of Louisville’s rising stars, … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Risk” by Annie Honebrink

In this week’s Stage + Studio, Louisville Ballet dancer Annie Honebrink explores the decisions that led her to become a professional ballet dancer. I like the safe road. The one more traveled by. The one where you can clearly see the end point. The destination is sure. Set. Secure. I like to know where I’m … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Storytellers” by Annie Honebrink

Most art, in my experience, tells a story.  At times that story can be simple—perhaps nothing more than an embodiment of an idea or emotion.  Some have characters, others not.  The characters can be complex and deeply developed; vague and ambiguous; clear and transparent.  The realm of creation is endless. When I teach the Ballet … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Personal Vignettes by Annie Honebrink

This week, we take a look into Louisville Ballet dancer Annie’s mind and what motivates her to dance. What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up Music speaks to the soul.  From a very young age—for as long as I can remember—it has told my soul to dance.  It breathes movement into my … Continued

Remembering Bonnie Dance Thornton

Louisville Ballet remembers Bonnie Dance Thornton, our first prima ballerina from 1952. Bonnie Dance, known today as Bonnie Thornton, has left her mark with Louisville Ballet. She performed Fokine’s The Dying Swan for our very first audience on March 16, 1952 at 15 years old. As dance writer George Hubbard wrote about her first performance, … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Relevé Society by Annie Honebrink

“Louisville Ballet is a community and family…the welcoming atmosphere and desire to share with others the love of this wonderful art form is what makes Louisville Ballet and Relevé Society special,” states Relevé Society member, Elizabeth Malcom.  Art is a relationship between artist and viewer. Without our supporters, Louisville Ballet would not be able to … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Making Moving Art by Annie Honebrink

Louisville Ballet’s 65th Anniversary Season explored the old and the new; the past and the future; uncharted territory and well-worn paths.  Read and learn more about the company and the Louisville Ballet School in June 2017.  Until then, here is a sneak peek into Louisville Ballet’s anniversary book, 65 Years Making Moving Art.  Art teaches … Continued