Review: Exquisite in Every Aspect

by Valerie Canon for Arts Louisville “The closing production of Louisville Ballet’s 65th Anniversary seasons started with a curtain speech by the current director, Robert Curran and included statements by past directors Bruce Simpson and Alun Jones. It was a wonderful tribute to an amazing history. “The Prologue” shares the christening of the baby Aurora. … Continued

Review: Opulence prevails in ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’

By Elizabeth Kramer for Courier-Journal April 8, 2017 The Louisville Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty” that opened Friday at the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall was awash in opulent beauty – from lavish sets by Alun Jones to costumes by Jones and Peter Farmer. Even the Louisville Orchestra, led by conductor Leif Bjaland, added the required … Continued

Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Shows Louisville Ballet’s History, Progress

By Kathi E. B. Ellis for WFPL April 9, 2017 Friday’s opening performance of “The Sleeping Beauty” began with three generations of Louisville Ballet leadership taking their place in front of the grand drape — and it represents, in some ways, the group’s progress over the 65 years being celebrated this season. This version is … Continued

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

Family ties us together.  Holds us up.  Builds us into something more.  Bigger.  Fuller.  Family reminds us who we are and who we can become.  Family laughs together in times of joy and picks one another up in times of despair.  Louisville Ballet is a family.  Since its conception sixty-five years ago, a family based … 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: Bright and Blissful Futures by Annie Honebrink

Human Abstract gave Louisville Ballet and its audiences insight into an innovative future of ways to express movement, emotion, and narrative.  Now the company will reflect and pay tribute to its roots of classical ballet.  Sleeping Beauty is one of the greatest classical story ballets in history.  In sharp contrast to Human Abstract, Sleeping Beauty’s … Continued