Preview: In ‘Stravinsky,’ Louisville Ballet Revisits Classics With A Modern Lens

By Kathi E.B. Ellis for WFPL

October 31st, 2017

Choreographer Lucas Jervies is back in town.

If you’re a subscriber to the Louisville Ballet, you probably saw the world premiere of “Human Abstract” last April, a ballet that was co-conceived with the seven dancers in the cast.  “Human Abstract” may have shifted your definitions of what constitutes ballet, with its inclusion of spoken word, singing, piano playing, lip-syncing and other conventions that are not typically included in “ballet.”

This time, Louisville Ballet resident choreographer Jervies is choreographing “The Firebird” – one of two parts of the company’s season-opening program, “Stravinsky,” Nov. 10 and 11 at The Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center for the Arts. The second part is choreographer George Balanchine’s “Rubies,” a movement from his acclaimed “Jewels,” also set to music by Stravinsky.