Review: ‘Human Abstract’ Is Tangible Evidence Of Louisville Ballet’s Vision

by Kathi E.B. Ellis for 89.3 WFPL This ensemble works at a technical and aesthetic level that is the strongest and most compelling that I’ve seen at the Louisville Ballet and, as stated earlier, the company’s work in other contemporary works has been of a high caliber. Whatever aspects of this multi-national, artist-centered, personally-energizing collaboration … Continued

Louisville Ballet’s latest work is strong, often hypnotic | Review

by Elizabeth Kramer for Courier-Journal “Human Abstract,” the newest work by the Louisville Ballet that opened Wednesday at the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater, isn’t just a ballet – it’s so much more. Oh sure, it has rond de jambes – you know those circles that dancers make on the floor with one leg while standing on the other … Continued

Review: After 7 Years, ‘The Brown-Forman Nutcracker’ Still Has It

By Kathi E.B. Ellis for 89.3 WFPL This Thursday saw the opening performance of the Louisville Ballet’s second, and final, weekend of their annual production of “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.” Now seven years into this iteration of the holiday favorite, kudos must go to the storage and maintenance staff whose work has ensured that sets and … Continued

Review: Mixed Program Opens Louisville Ballet’s 65th Season

By Kathi E.B. Ellis for WFPL September 12, 2016 The Louisville Ballet is one of the oldest ballet companies in the country, and this year it’s celebrating its 65th anniversary with a year-long celebration. The programming kicked off this weekend with “Stars and Stripes,” which included the works of American-adopted Balanchine, modern dance icon Twyla Tharp … Continued

Review | Ballet’s ‘Stars + Stripes’ eye-popping

By Elizabeth Kramer for The Courier-Journal September 10, 2016 Increasingly in recent years, dance performances have become events at notable art museums such as the Museum of Modern Art. But choreographers have long found inspiration in and ways to work with visual artists. The Louisville Ballet’s artistic and executive director Robert Curran made his intentions … Continued

REVIEW- Dance imparts emotion of The Bard’s sonnets

Courier-Journal, Elizabeth Kramer- August 11, 2016 For the first time, the Louisville Ballet danced an outside concert on the Central Park stage, illustrating the works of Shakespeare with enthralling new work – and some from their repertoire – by company dancer Roger Creel. With “William’s Folly,” Creel took 22 of Shakespeare’s sonnets and organized them to … Continued

Review | Ballet, orchestra duet exudes energy

By Elizabeth Kramer for The Courier-Journal March 6, 2016 The energy in Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall was palpable given the number of artists from the Louisville Ballet and the Louisville Orchestra who were performing Friday on “Spring Collaboration” with three works featuring work by choreographer Adam Hougland and marking a significant collaboration between the two arts groups. … Continued

Review: ‘Spring Collaboration’ Brings Vitality, Intensity

By Kathi E.B. Ellis for 89.3 WFPL Collectively, this evening dazzles with the multiple, layered possibilities of collaboration across so many visual and performing art forms. The evening’s combination of ballets also serves as a tribute to more than a decade of creativity from the Louisville Ballet’s principle choreographer, Adam Hougland. Moreover, this program displays, … Continued

Review: Louisville Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ a Familiar Holiday Treat

WFPL published a review of Louisville Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”: [Jordan Martin] is delightful as the young girl at the party, and blossoms into the pas de deux with the Nutcracker (Ryan Stokes) in her dream. Martin has a lovely long line that appears effortless as she soars through the lifts supported, with equally apparent effortlessness, by … Continued

Review: The Louisville Ballet’s ‘Coppélia’ Delights

Kathi E.B. Ellis of WFPL reviews the Louisville Ballet’s performance of Coppélia: Robert Curran begins his second season with the Louisville Ballet, and the first that he has programmed in its entirety, with a revamp of the late 19th century balletCoppélia. The season’s kickoff production, at the Brown Theatre, brings together a wealth of local talent. It is … Continued