Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Home” by Annie Honebrink

My grandma was a quilter. Each stitch by hand. Thousands of tiny stitches, each piece of thread weaving a story into the blanket. Passed down from parent to child. Gifts at graduations, weddings. Newborn babies wrapped in the warm embrace of the colorful patches. If you have multiple colors in a quilt, one of the … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Enchantment” by Annie Honebrink

Enchant. Mesmerizing, Captivating movement. As we all come together and Unite. Unite And breathe as one, Allowing the music To pave the path and tell our limbs To move. To move Together and Create a song that draws Us in, forever in our hearts— Pulling. Pulling Our souls, singing Us awake, tugging at Those hidden … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “A Small World After All” by Annie Honebrink

In “Stage + Studio” this week, Louisville Ballet’s Annie Honebrink reflects on beginning ballet.  When you are three years old there is not a lot in your repertoire for a ballet performance. Most three year old performances involve mostly skipping around stage and following the teacher in a series of ballet steps. Typically there are a … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Sometimes” by Annie Honebrink

In this week’s Stage + Studio, Louisville Ballet’s “Studio Connections” takes center stage as dancer Annie Honebrink reflects on the relationship between music and emotion. Sometimes the hard times are easier to write than the good. Because when my heart is breaking, when my soul is twisting—I have to release the songs inside. Because sometimes … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Ballet Rehearsal” by Annie Honebrink

Louisville Ballet dancer Annie Honebrink shares a poem about ballet rehearsal. On their knees, tiny little hands pressed against the studio window, wide eyes gazing with wonder at the dancers. Rehearsing. All process and no arrival. Not the dancers in fancy costumes and layers of makeup to hide imperfections. The dancers with stage-lights and scenery … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Songs from the Past” by Annie Honebrink

Louisville Ballet dancer Annie Honebrink reflects on rehearsing for Choreographers’ Showcase and how it connects to her past. Blood. That’s what my dad calls his brother. Blood. Genes. Those imperceptible threads that link us together. Weave in and out. Around and through. Welding us together in that unbreakable chain, Family. We can run or hide. … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Homecoming” by Annie Honebrink

As the Louisville Ballet Season kicks off, dancer Annie Honebrink describes how it feels to come home in this week’s “Stage + Studio.” The first day of the season is a reunion.  Hugs, squeals, fast paced chatter.  Summer for us usually means travel, visiting friends and family, finding work, and trying to stay in shape.  … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Risk” by Annie Honebrink

In this week’s Stage + Studio, Louisville Ballet dancer Annie Honebrink explores the decisions that led her to become a professional ballet dancer. I like the safe road. The one more traveled by. The one where you can clearly see the end point. The destination is sure. Set. Secure. I like to know where I’m … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Storytellers” by Annie Honebrink

Most art, in my experience, tells a story.  At times that story can be simple—perhaps nothing more than an embodiment of an idea or emotion.  Some have characters, others not.  The characters can be complex and deeply developed; vague and ambiguous; clear and transparent.  The realm of creation is endless. When I teach the Ballet … 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