Stanton Welch AM’s “Velocity” – Choreographer’s Notes

A high-speed riff on traditional ballet technique for eight men and eight women, Velocity pays homage to classical conventions in a contemporary manner. “Velocity is true classical dance at its most agile and exciting,” commented Welch. “I’m playing with the speed and agility of classical ballet. This work tests the limits and talents of the … Continued

Andrea Schermoly’s “at High” – Choreographer’s Notes

at High is a piece born out of a title suggestion originally made by artistic director Robert Curran. I was immediately struck by a feeling of what it is to be away, ascended or departed from one’s current life looking back on a time, and a place where one is not able to return to. … Continued

George Balanchine’s “Serenade” – Choreographer’s Notes

The first performance of Serenade was on June 10, 1934, by students of the School of American Ballet, at Felix Warburg’s estate, White Plains, New York. Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance. It is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America and is one of the signature works of New York … Continued

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker: Special Events!

Drosselmeyer’s Workshop Saturday, December 9, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 Saturday, December 23, 2017 11:30 AM – 1 PM The Kentucky Center Join Drosselmeyer the toymaker and the children’s casts from The Brown-Forman Nutcracker for holiday fun and festivities at a pre-show party before each Saturday matinee performance of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker! Tickets are $25 per … 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

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Family Focus by Annie Honebrink

Family ties us together.  Holds us up.  Builds us into something more.  Bigger.  Fuller.  Family reminds us who we are and who we can become.  Family laughs together in times of joy and picks one another up in times of despair.  Louisville Ballet is a family.  Since its conception sixty-five years ago, a family based … Continued

Louisville Ballet announces 2017-2018 Season!

  Louisville Ballet Announces the 2017-2018 Season of Enchantment Showcasing the artistry and versatility of Louisville Ballet, the 2017-2018 season delivers the finest of the classics and the most exciting of the contemporary. Be transported. Be inspired. Be enchanted! LOUISVILLE, KY, March 27, 2017 – Louisville Ballet is thrilled to announce its 2017-2018 Season of … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Breathing Life into the Tale by Annie Honebrink

Characters breathe life into stories.  While plot may drive a tale and costumes and scenery enhance, it is the characters themselves that make a story come alive.  The Sleeping Beauty offers a broad spectrum of characters.  Peasants to aristocrats.  Good to evil.  Though fairy tales may often appear simple and frivolous at first glance, there … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Alun Jones and Helen Starr—Louisville Legacy by Annie Honebrink

“The Louisville Ballet is Alun Jones,” stated a dancer spokesman during Alun Jones’s directorship of Louisville Ballet.  Jones’s tenure as Artistic Director of Louisville Ballet, from 1978 through 2002, remains to this day the longest of any director with the company.  During these years, Jones, along with his wife, Helen Starr, developed the newly established … Continued