Review: Connecting The Dots

By Keith Waits for ARTS-LOUISVILLE October 1st, 2017 When Robert Curran states in his opening remarks that this program will make you feel like you are “in” the dance and not just watching it, it is exactly the point of Studio Connections. This year Curran structures the show to illustrate both fundamental concepts behind ballet … Continued

Review: Lady in the Storm

By Kathi E.B. Lewis for ARTS-LOUISVILLE August 10, 2017 This week sees the closing of Kentucky Shakespeare’s 57th season of free, continuous, outdoor Shakespeare productions, making it the oldest company of its kind in the country. To mark the second and final Community Partner Week, they are teaming up with the Louisville Ballet, one of … Continued

Review: ‘Lady Lear’ is an exciting addition to two canons: Kentucky Shakespeare and Louisville Ballet

By Eli Keel for INSIDER LOUISVILLE August 10, 2017 “Lady Lear,” the last show of Kentucky Shakespeare’s 57th season, opened Wednesday night in Louisville’s Central Park. An audience of more than 500 sat in the unreasonably lovely August evening to watch a bold and exciting production by the Louisville Ballet, created by two of Louisville’s rising stars, … Continued

Review: Exquisite in Every Aspect

by Valerie Canon for Arts Louisville “The closing production of Louisville Ballet’s 65th Anniversary seasons started with a curtain speech by the current director, Robert Curran and included statements by past directors Bruce Simpson and Alun Jones. It was a wonderful tribute to an amazing history. “The Prologue” shares the christening of the baby Aurora. … Continued

Review: Opulence prevails in ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’

By Elizabeth Kramer for Courier-Journal April 8, 2017 The Louisville Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty” that opened Friday at the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall was awash in opulent beauty – from lavish sets by Alun Jones to costumes by Jones and Peter Farmer. Even the Louisville Orchestra, led by conductor Leif Bjaland, added the required … Continued

Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Shows Louisville Ballet’s History, Progress

By Kathi E. B. Ellis for WFPL April 9, 2017 Friday’s opening performance of “The Sleeping Beauty” began with three generations of Louisville Ballet leadership taking their place in front of the grand drape — and it represents, in some ways, the group’s progress over the 65 years being celebrated this season. This version is … Continued

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