Press: Louisville Ballet ‘Mozart’ Program Exemplifies Vision Of Collaboration

By Kathi E.B. Ellis for WFPL

October 5th, 2018

With Mozart as the spine of next week’s triple Louisville Ballet bill, we can anticipate a sparkling evening (with some darkness interspersed) and one in which form and structure are balanced with passion in both the music and the choreographers’ work.

Continuing the Louisville Ballet’s commitment to become recognized for producing Balanchine’s ballets, the evening opens with his “Divertimento,” set to Mozart’s #15 of this form. A world premiere from Artistic and Executive Director Robert Curran is the second ballet of the evening, danced to “Sinfonia Concertante”. And company member Brandon Ragland’s choreography returns to the mainstage season with “Force Flux” with “Piano Concerto 13”. This evening’s program offers Louisville audiences three of the fifteen ballets that the company will produce this season.

An evening-long collaboration that marks a first for the Louisville Ballet is with its musicians for this program: Bourbon Baroque. In a quest always to have live music, reaching beyond the Louisville Orchestra when needed, it’s a win-win situation for dancers, audiences, and area musicians alike. Bourbon Baroque’s Co-Artistic Director John Austin Clark sounds both energized and aware of the challenges as he talks about the group’s partnership with Louisville Ballet.

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