Remembering Bonnie Dance Thornton

Louisville Ballet remembers Bonnie Dance Thornton, our first prima ballerina from 1952. Bonnie Dance, known today as Bonnie Thornton, has left her mark with Louisville Ballet. She performed Fokine’s The Dying Swan for our very first audience on March 16, 1952 at 15 years old. As dance writer George Hubbard wrote about her first performance, … Continued

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

“Louisville Ballet is a community and family…the welcoming atmosphere and desire to share with others the love of this wonderful art form is what makes Louisville Ballet and Relevé Society special,” states Relevé Society member, Elizabeth Malcom.  Art is a relationship between artist and viewer. Without our supporters, Louisville Ballet would not be able to … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Glancing Back; Looking Forward by Annie Honebrink

Louisville Ballet’s 65th Anniversary Season has given the company and Louisville audiences the full spectrum that this art form has to offer.  The Ballet opened its season with a program that emphasized the company’s broad range—from Balanchine’s 1947 Theme and Variations with tutus and pink tights, to Twyla Tharp’s 1986 In the Upper Room with … 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

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

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

Louisville Ballet tackles love and loss through visual arts

by Elizabeth Kramer for Courier-Journal When Australian choreographer Lucas Jervies flew into Louisville almost six weeks ago, it was a homecoming of sorts. He first came to here in 2015 to create a new work for the Louisville Ballet. This time, Jervies returned to create a work stemming from an idea he hatched with his friend and former colleague Robert Curran, … Continued