Stanton Welch AM’s “Velocity” – Choreographer’s Notes

A high-speed riff on traditional ballet technique for eight men and eight women, Velocity pays homage to classical conventions in a contemporary manner. “Velocity is true classical dance at its most agile and exciting,” commented Welch. “I’m playing with the speed and agility of classical ballet. This work tests the limits and talents of the … Continued

Andrea Schermoly’s “at High” – Choreographer’s Notes

at High is a piece born out of a title suggestion originally made by artistic director Robert Curran. I was immediately struck by a feeling of what it is to be away, ascended or departed from one’s current life looking back on a time, and a place where one is not able to return to. … Continued

George Balanchine’s “Serenade” – Choreographer’s Notes

The first performance of Serenade was on June 10, 1934, by students of the School of American Ballet, at Felix Warburg’s estate, White Plains, New York. Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance. It is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America and is one of the signature works of New York … Continued

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

Christmas is magic. It sweeps me away. Back to childhood. Joy. Innocence. Nutcracker is Christmas. It sweeps me away. Into imagination. Into a new world—but a familiar one. For as long as I can remember I’ve been carried by the magic of Nutcracker. As a child I would place costumes on my parents couch and … 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

The magician behind the new magic in Louisville Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

By Eli Keel for Insider Louisville People often use the word “magical” to describe an evening at the ballet, or that special feeling they get during the holidays. But in the case of the Louisville Ballet’s version of “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker,” the magic is built into the production. Marshall Magoon is a Bay Area illusionist … Continued

Swan Lake re-imagined: Meet the artists

As part of their 65th Anniversary Season, Louisville Ballet premiered a new Swan Lake – a classical ballet now re-imagined as virtual reality – in the fall of 2016. Artistic & Executive Director, Robert Curan, chose three Louisville-based visual artists – Ryan Daly, Garrett Crabtree and Tiffany Woodard – to help create the designs that, … Continued

Louisville Ballet presents THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER

Embrace the holiday season with our beautiful classic –  this year with NEW MAGIC!   THE KENTUCKY CENTER Whitney Hall 501 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202 December 10-22, 2016 Choreography by Val Caniparoli Music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky Sets and costumes by Peter Cazalet Louisville, KY (November 8, 2016) – Louisville Ballet is again proud … Continued

Meet the Artists and Designers behind our new interpretation of SWAN LAKE

Swan Lake is, without question, a workhorse. Even if you have never seen a live production, you most likely feel like you have. Swan Lake is the epitome of ballet, for better and for worse, and ballet companies often rely on its appeal. And there is so much to find appealing – a handsome, conflicted … Continued

Laser artists to add glimmer to ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’

  By Elizabeth Kramer for the Courier-Journal “We’ve got lasers everywhere, but we can’t shoot them off at the same time or we’ll be burning people’s retinas,” said artist Garrett Crabtree. No. This is not a recreation of “Star Wars.” Crabtree is talking about the laser designs he and artist Ryan Daly are creating for … Continued