Saturday, April 16, 2011

At the Kansas City Ballet in May

pictured: dancers Kim Cowen, Aisling Hill-Connor, Nadia Iozzo and Rachel Coats rehearsing for "Moves", photo by Lisa Lipovac

I'll be posting a piece soon about the meantime, here's the program for the Kansas City Ballet:

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

The performance opens with the Kansas City premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Moves. Danced without musical accompaniment, Moves features the stark clarity of the body as an expressive instrument, placing the focus on precise and changing choreographic patterns. Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times called Moves, “An extraordinarily powerful experience as theater and dance. Mr. Robbins achieves so much in the simplest terms.”

Mercy of the Elements
World Premiere by William Whitener

Music: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
William Whitener says, "I have chosen the rarely performed Quintet in B-flat Major for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Piano as the music for my new ballet because of its unusual combination of instruments and its element of surprise. The score is filled with quirkiness, gorgeous melody lines and great depth of feeling all of which lend themselves to dancing – especially when played live by musicians at our May performances."

The Catherine Wheel Suite
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Music: David Byrne

The New Yorker calls The Catherine Wheel Suite, “A multi-level poetic fantasy with a twist of scalawag comedy.”

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