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: “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

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

  Strange—the way you can be surrounded by people and still feel alone.  They can be singing your name, smiling in your face, and yet your heart is a lump.  Heavy.  Void.  Still.  You try to play along as they push and they pull, but nothing can fill that vast space of loneliness.  Nothing can … Continued

Stage and Studio: Experiencing Art. Experiencing Life. by Annie Honebrink

We are launching a weekly blog series called Stage and Studio, written by Louisville Ballet Company member Annie Honebrink!  Be sure to check in each Friday to read the next installment. This week, Annie touches on the history of Louisville Ballet’s spirit of collaboration and what it means for the future: Experiencing Art. Experiencing Life. … Continued