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at High is a piece born out of a title suggestion originally made by artistic director Robert Curran.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

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

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

I can still feel the way the notes used to move me. It didn’t matter where I was — surrounded by people in a crowded mall or alone in my bedroom — music told my body to dance, and I listened. I was unrestrained abandon. Sometimes the sounds told me to jump around and move … Continued

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

I remember the way it felt the first time. I remember the way each breath was shimmery and each heart beat held its breath waiting for the next pulse. I was afraid the moment would end — afraid the giddy beat inside my chest would disappear. I remember standing on the ledge, staring longingly at … Continued