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

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Dedication. Perseverance. Ballet. by Annie Honebrink

Becoming a ballet dancer is a lifelong process.  For most dancers, this lifestyle began as a child or teenager.  The interest or dream developed into passion; the occasional class, a daily routine.  Tendues and plies became the equivalent to algebra and grammar.  Blood, sweat, and tears; blisters and bunions—this was the regime.  The way of … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Bright and Blissful Futures by Annie Honebrink

Human Abstract gave Louisville Ballet and its audiences insight into an innovative future of ways to express movement, emotion, and narrative.  Now the company will reflect and pay tribute to its roots of classical ballet.  Sleeping Beauty is one of the greatest classical story ballets in history.  In sharp contrast to Human Abstract, Sleeping Beauty’s … Continued

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

  Strange—the way you can be surrounded by people and still feel alone.  They can be singing your name, smiling in your face, and yet your heart is a lump.  Heavy.  Void.  Still.  You try to play along as they push and they pull, but nothing can fill that vast space of loneliness.  Nothing can … Continued

Stage + Studio: A Louisville Ballet Blog- Camaraderie by Annie Honebrink

Every individual moves differently. Each body is unique. All paths of thought are distinct. Personal. As humans we often fall into similar patterns and tend to categorize ourselves into groups; however, no two beings are fully alike. Individualism is celebrated and valued in the arts. Louisville Ballet encourages and admires the special traits each company … Continued

Stage + Studio: A Louisville Ballet Blog- A Pathway of Creations by Annie Honebrink

Love is the universal thread that weaves humanity together.  All souls have loved or been loved—have felt the thousands of ways in which that same force manages to manifest itself.  To love and be loved is, quite likely, the deepest and most fervent desire of every human spirit.  For this reason have composers, actors, painters, … Continued

Stage and Studio: Experiencing Art. Experiencing Life. by Annie Honebrink

We are launching a weekly blog series called Stage and Studio, written by Louisville Ballet Company member Annie Honebrink!  Be sure to check in each Friday to read the next installment. This week, Annie touches on the history of Louisville Ballet’s spirit of collaboration and what it means for the future: Experiencing Art. Experiencing Life. … Continued