“Giselle”: Stage + Studio by Annie Honebrink

Giselle: Act I One of the beautiful aspects of Giselle is the ability for every person to find a way to relate to the story.  The characters are incredibly human.  Each viewer should be able to find some aspect of his or her own story in Giselle, Albrecht, Myrtha, or any of the characters in … Continued

“From The Grave”: Stage + Studio by Annie Honebrink

Sweeping graves is my favorite cemetery job. I like reading all of the names and dates and imagining the stories each grave has to tell. Gazing over the sea of stone makes me feel small; and yet, there is something strangely comforting in humankind’s shared condition: death. I somehow feel connected to these hundreds of … Continued

Press: New take on iconic poster celebrates artist, ballet

By Jo Anne Triplett for LEO WEEKLY October 11th, 2017 A ballet pointe shoe resting atop an egg. How simple — and how odd. The two do not normally go together. And yet that vision by the late designer Julius Friedman became an iconic poster of international renown. “Toe on Egg,” as it became known, … Continued

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: 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