September 18, 2016 |
The dance world in Philadelphia and beyond will be watching the Pennsylvania Ballet this season, as artistic director Angel Corella replaced more than 40 percent of last year's roster of dancers. Will the company still look like the Pennsylvania Ballet? Along with five new principal dancers and one new soloist, the changes include world and company premieres and a new format for the season. There will be three programs in 2016, including Nutcracker , and three in 2017, with a shorter period between programs.
September 16, 2016 |
Jérôme Bel's Gala opened Tuesday night at the Prince Theater as part of Philly Fringe. Twenty people of every size, shape, age, and gender gave a dance performance that brought the audience to its feet, demanding four curtain calls. Sure, there were some ringers: former Pennsylvania Ballet dancer Anne White, contemporary dancer/choreographer Megan Bridge, the smashing Edgardo Colon, along, perhaps, with another few. A couple of young boys knocked everyone's socks off but kept theirs on. One was boy wonder Tristan Price.
July 12, 2016
Pennsylvania Ballet has elected the following to its board of trustees: Irina Wilson Gage, founder and president of I.M. Wilson Inc., which imports, manufactures, markets, and distributes dancewear and pointe shoes; Eileen Kennedy, who is retired from the practice of law; and Gina Montana, vice president and investment adviser at Goldman Sachs & Co. Joseph P. Costabile has been installed as the 224th president of the Medical...
June 16, 2016 |
Arantxa Ochoa, the director of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, is the latest to announce that she is leaving the ballet. Hers has been one of the most-recognizable faces of the company for the last 20 years, and her departure, announced Tuesday in a letter from executive director David Gray, is an exclamation point on a tumultuous year. Ochoa will be moving to Florida in August to work at the Miami City Ballet School. Two others from Pennsylvania Ballet recently joined Miami City Ballet as dancers: former principal dancer Lauren Fadeley and corps de ballet dancer Amir Yogev.
June 12, 2016 |
Pennsylvania Ballet is saying goodbye to more than 40 percent of its dancers on a somewhat unfinished note. Balanchine and Beyond opened Thursday night at the Merriam Theater, and it would have been a quiet finale to any season, since three of the four ballets were smaller group works. But this year, many contracts were not renewed and other dancers chose to leave as artistic director Angel Corella transitions the company into his vision. None of the dancers leaving has a sizable role.
June 2, 2016 |
WHEN I TOLD actress and Wizard World Philly 2016 headliner Lea Thompson that I had been a fan since she starred in All the Right Moves in 1984, the still-stunning actress chuckled. "I've been around a long-ass time, huh? Hey, it's good. Better than the alternative. " Thompson - who was one of the biggest movie stars of the 1980s, with films like Red Dawn , Spacecamp , Some Kind of Wonderful , and, of course, Back to the Future , and the lead of NBC's Caroline in the City from 1995 to 1999 - said in a recent phone interview she was looking forward to returning to Philadelphia.
May 29, 2016 |
Lauren Fadeley was a much-beloved principal dancer at the Pennsylvania Ballet before she left last week. She is already dancing with another company, Miami City Ballet, in her native Florida. On Wednesday, Fadeley, 31, launched a podcast, Rediscovering the Dream (on iTunes and Google Play), about the next steps of her career. She is a versatile dancer whose big breakout was the double role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake in 2011, when she was still a member of the corps de ballet.
May 16, 2016 |
Ruth Whitmore Williams, 75, of Gladwyne, an educator and philanthropist who lived up to her motto, "Love, teach, share," died Friday, May 6, of respiratory failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "A dedicated trustee since 1994 and a loyal Scot forever, Ruth leaves behind - on this campus and in the hearts of her many, many friends - a legacy that will never be forgotten," said Georgia Nugent, interim president of the College of Wooster, which Mrs. Williams revered and supported.
May 15, 2016 |
I n 1934's Serenade , the first ballet George Balanchine created after arriving in the United States, he wanted to make a statement against Hitler's fascism. Even with 20 or more lovely creatures in blue tulle, their pink tights peeking through, these beauties, gently raising their arms to the right in unison salute, recalled the Nazi era Thursday evening at the Academy of Music. Serenade fit artistic director Angel Corella's brilliantly planned bill, A Program of Firsts. Even before curtain up, conductor Beatrice Jona Affron set a simmeringly sonorous tone with the Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings and kept raising the bar throughout the evening with fine music.
April 30, 2016 |
B. Herbert Lee, 92, a businessman and philanthropist and grandson of the founder of the former Lee Tire & Rubber Co., died of respiratory failure Tuesday, April 19, at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne. Mr. Lee lived in Haverford and Bryn Mawr before retiring to Waverly Heights in 2008. He also maintained a winter home in Delray Beach, Fla. His family was once well-known as the largest employer in Conshohocken, according to the records of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. His grandfather J. Ellwood Lee created the tire manufacturing operation in 1912 as a spin-off from his J. Ellwood Lee Chemical Co., a maker of medical supplies that merged with Johnson & Johnson in 1905.