Ronald Hynd’s “The Merry Widow” – Choreographers’ Notes

In 1969, towards the end of my dancing career with the Royal Ballet, I was persuaded – somewhat reluctantly – to create a piece for the Royal Ballet Choreographic Group. It was based on the Greek myth of Queen Pasiphae, who fell in love with a bull and conceived the minotaur – half man, half … Continued

“Second Chances”: An Étoile Original by Erica Rucker

You are given a second chance. You can recreate any moment of your life, what would it be? Maybe it’s a marriage to someone else. Running naked through your high school cafeteria. Perhaps, instead, a new job or selling painted seashells on the beach. Think hard, tonight is your chance to take a minute for … Continued

A review of the The Louisville Ballet’s ambitious “Mozart”

By Elizabeth Kramer for LEO Weekly October 13, 2018 Light and darkness defined the settings of the works in Louisville Ballet’s “Mozart” program that debuted Friday at The Brown Theatre, with George Balanchine’s opulent “Divertimento No. 15” providing the former and a new work by the company’s artistic and executive director Robert Curran working with … Continued

Review: Will Egypt Be Great Again?

By Keith Waits For Arts-Louisville.com August 1, 2019 As the twilight enveloped the stage in Central Park, I was aware of how a gentle breeze caught the gauzy fabric that adorned some of the dancers. It was a simple accent to the graceful movements, a small thing really, but we never get that effect onstage in … Continued

Press: With the ballet’s Erica De La O at the helm, Cleopatra’s sexy will share the spotlight with her smarts and strategy

By Eli Keel for Insider Louisville July 27th, 2019 The Louisville Ballet’s premiere of a new Shakespeare-inspired work as part of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s season in Central Park has become one of Insider Louisville’s most anticipated events of the year. Choreographer Roger Creel and Composer Scott Moore have given audiences original full-length ballets based … Continued

Press: Ashley Thursby: The Ballerina Decoded

By Miranda McDonald for The Voice-Tribune February 28th, 2019 Ashley Thursby can still recall the precise moment she knew she wanted to be a professional ballerina. She was five years old, sitting at home with her mother and watching a performance of “The Nutcracker” on PBS. It was the first time she had ever seen … Continued

NEWS: Discover Cleopatra, the woman who remade history, in Louisville Ballet’s “Cleopatra: Queen of Kings”

Uncover the mystery behind the powerful woman who rede ned history in Louisville Ballet’s Cleopatra: Queen of Kings. Choreographed by Erica De La O and produced by Roger Creel, Cleopatra: Queen of Kings is the fourth installment in Louisville Ballet’s partnership with Kentucky Shakespeare’s Festival in Central Park and runs July 31 – August 4, … Continued

“Love is Magic”: An Étoile Original by Annie Honebrink

I stand in the wings, preparing for my entrance. I don’t think my heart has stopped fluttering since I first read my name next to “Marie” on the cast sheet. I am nineteen years old. I run onto the stage, the nerves staying behind in the wings. The audience, stage, and bosses’ eyes disappear, and … Continued