October 15, 2013 |
In 1961, George Balanchine summoned some of the nation's top ballet teachers to a seminar in New York, hub of the U.S. dance world and one of the few cities where professional ballet was being performed at the time. "Something has to happen," said the great choreographer and founder of the New York City Ballet and its School of American Ballet. "You're turning out more and more dancers. Where are they going to dance?" "If you really are serious, Mr. B.," said Barbara Weisberger, who had been his first child student (at age 8)
April 24, 2005 |
Start with Frank Sinatra's unforgettable love songs and a Broadway-inspired choreographer. Add just the right mix of elegant ballet and sultry jazz, and that's Frank's Place. With Frank's Place, choreographer Scott Jovovich has created a ballet set in a 1950s Chicago nightclub that's fun, warmly nostalgic and downright sizzling. The Brandywine Ballet Company premiere opens, with performances Saturday and next Sunday, at West Chester University's Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall.
May 3, 2003 |
More than a handful of choreographers have based ballets on Serge Prokofiev's 1945 Cinderella score. A 1990 version masked the dancers as wooden dolls and limited their movement in disquieting ways. The version the Pennsylvania Ballet reprised at the Academy of Music beginning Thursday night, with its sumptuous, to-the-rafters sets, dazzling costumes, and live orchestra, is more reassuring. The Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson premiered it in 1970 with the National Ballet of Washington, and the Pennsylvania Ballet took it into its repertoire in 1995, performing it again in 1998.
May 1, 2003 |
PROKOFIEV'S "CINDERELLA," the Pennsylvania Ballet, choreographed by Ben Stevenson. Academy of Music, 8 tonight through May 10. The fairy tale "Cinderella" came from the East, was written down in German and then became popularized in France by Perrault. However, he mistranslated the German word vair with the French word verre, which eventually gave Cindy a slipper of glass instead of ermine. Opera, Disney and storybooks have celebrated this tale, but no one has told it more elegantly than Prokofiev, who finished the ballet music in 1945.
October 25, 1997 |
Her excellent, emotion-wracked performance in The Devil's Advocate will probably bring this young actress to the threshold of stardom, but seven short years ago, Charlize Theron was a frightened, confused 15-year-old girl living in her native South Africa. Her father had just died at the age of 43. The family's road-construction business was in danger of closing. Her dream of one day going to America to be a ballet dancer seemed more remote. "I was depressed, developed ulcers.
December 24, 1996 |
Lorraine L. Thomas McAdams, 67, founder and executive artistic director of the National Ballet Company of New Jersey, died Saturday at her Mount Laurel home from cancer. Born and raised in Philadelphia. Her early dance training started at age 4. During her dance career, she performed with the former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, the La Scala Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and for MGM. Mrs. McAdams career also included performing for Agnes DeMille and George Abbott in various productions, including Oklahoma on Broadway, as well as Song of Norway, Carousel, and Guys and Dolls.
June 2, 1996 |
"For you and I are past our dancing days," Juliet's father remarks early in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. For Philadelphia, the dancing days are very much with us. Starting Wednesday and continuing through June 16 at the Academy of Music, the Pennsylvania Ballet will end its 32d season with Romeo and Juliet, the classic ballet with music by Prokofiev, based on Shakespeare's 400-year-old classic tale of the star-crossed lovers. The choreography for the Pennsylvania Ballet's Romeo and Juliet is by the late John Cranko.
October 14, 1995 |
It's another season for Pennsylvania Ballet - and another executive director hangs his nameplate on the door. Lawrence E.Sterner, 44, general manager of American Ballet Theatre in New York was named this week to the local troupe's top administrative post, which he assumes Dec. 1. Sterner replaces Michael Gennaro, who held the job for just over a year before taking the managing director position at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago....
May 8, 1995 |
Strong dancing, new choreography and selections from an old standard made for a cover-all-bases evening with the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware, performing over the weekend at Wilmington's Playhouse Theatre. Many companies now feel the pressure to offer this kind of pragmatic, smorgasbord programming. Artistic director Anya Patton Ward, however, is simultaneously reaching to solidify the profile of this young company - with its core of Russian emigres - bringing in top-notch guest artists and commissioning new work.
May 4, 1994 |
Diversity marks Dance Celebration's season for 1994-95, which its organizers have announced. Performances by dance groups from Brazil and Canada give the season geographical diversity, while a mix of modern dance, ballet, jazz and social dance promises a wide range of styles. The Main Dance series, which consists of five programs, will begin Nov. 10 to 13 with Chicago's Hubbard Street Dance Theater. Under the direction of Lou Conte, Hubbard Street has proved to be one of the most delightful and artistically enterprising jazz groups in the country.