By Keith Waits for ARTS-LOUISVILLE
October 1st, 2017
When Robert Curran states in his opening remarks that this program will make you feel like you are “in” the dance and not just watching it, it is exactly the point of Studio Connections. This year Curran structures the show to illustrate both fundamental concepts behind ballet and contemporary dance and a bit of the Louisville Ballet’s history since he took over. If this company is new to you (for shame), and even if it is not, it is a tidy and informative primer that is well positioned as the season opener.
The ten pieces mostly alternate classical and modern sensibility, with Brandon Ragland’s Allegro Brio providing a spritely opening to showcase company trainees. The young women acquit themselves well, signaling a strong future with a company that can boast even greater cultural diversity and an increased range of body types.