Louisville Artists at the Louisville Ballet

by Eileen Yanoviak of Burnaway.org In April 2015, the then relatively new Louisville Ballet director Robert Curran initiated a series of collaborations with Louisville artists to produce scenery and costumes for ballet productions. Artists, with little or no background in theater, were faced with such tasks as reimagining classics like Swan Lake or bringing to … Continued

Louisville Ballet’s ‘Human Abstract’ is a challenging and multidisciplinary exploration of love

By Eli Keel for Insider Louisville Curran wants the work to challenge both the audience as well as the dancers. “I’m so proud of the work, it’s so confronting — there’s no nudity and no overt violence — it’s just not conventional,” he says. “It’s going to be challenging.” He notes that challenging the audience can be … 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

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

Review: Mixed Program Opens Louisville Ballet’s 65th Season

By Kathi E.B. Ellis for WFPL September 12, 2016 The Louisville Ballet is one of the oldest ballet companies in the country, and this year it’s celebrating its 65th anniversary with a year-long celebration. The programming kicked off this weekend with “Stars and Stripes,” which included the works of American-adopted Balanchine, modern dance icon Twyla Tharp … Continued

Review | Ballet’s ‘Stars + Stripes’ eye-popping

By Elizabeth Kramer for The Courier-Journal September 10, 2016 Increasingly in recent years, dance performances have become events at notable art museums such as the Museum of Modern Art. But choreographers have long found inspiration in and ways to work with visual artists. The Louisville Ballet’s artistic and executive director Robert Curran made his intentions … Continued

Louisville Ballet kicks off 65th season with ‘Stars + Stripes’

By Eli Keel for Insider Louisville September 6, 2016 The Louisville Ballet kicks off its 65th season this weekend with the mixed program “Stars + Stripes,” featuring the works of George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp and a world premiere from the Ballet’s executive and artistic director Robert Curran. Along for the ride is local collaborator Letitia Quesenberry and … Continued

Louisville Ballet presents STARS + STRIPES

We kick-off our 65th Anniversary Season with this dynamic opening production! THE KENTUCKY CENTER Whitney Hall 501 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202 Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 8 PM Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 2 PM & 8 PM LOUISVILLE, KY, Thursday, August 18, 2016 – Louisville Ballet ignites our 65th Season with this … Continued