Bruce Simpson danced all over the world, from the Scottish Opera to South Africa’s State Theatre Ballet. His travels taught him that ballet companies dance like the city they live in. “The Paris Opera is very chic. The Bolshoi in Moscow has this great sense of space like the Russian steps. The Royal Ballet’s incredibly… Continue reading The Body Electric: the Louisville Ballet Celebrates 60 Years
As the ballet faces its future, it’s dealing with a choice many performing arts organizations are struggling with…modern or classic.
Like many other arts organizations, the ballet has suffered from rises and falls in ticket sales, donations and corporate sponsorships in the last few years. The company’s next season will feature four shows, rather than five, and at least two dancers have been cut. The ballet is also selling its building to the Fund for the Arts, then leasing it back.
As part of their Chapter 11 filing, the Louisville Orchestra will not be able to pay musicians after Wednesday. That means the Louisville Ballet will dance The Nutcracker to recorded music for the final few performances. But the orchestra’s musicians will keep playing holiday concerts.
The 2010-2011 season of the Louisville Ballet opens this weekend with the classical ballet Giselle. A special 9/11 tribute before Saturdays performance will feature armed forces, police, fire and emergency service personnel.
The Louisville Ballet closed the first run of its new production of The Nutcracker yesterday, after more than a dozen performances. And it produced some surprising results. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Just after the economy took a nosedive last year, the Louisville Ballet had its lowest selling production of The Nutcracker. And it had to… Continue reading Ticket Sales Rise Sharply for Louisville Ballet's Nutcracker
State of Affairs 11/17/09 Choreography: from Idea to Stage; Listen to the Show
The Louisville Ballet took a bold step in the late ‘70s when it had Mikhail Baryshnikov perform with the company. Those performances helped make it one of the most renowned regional companies in the dance world and beyond. And this weekend the company looks to strengthen its footing with the premiere of a new ballet.… Continue reading A New Rite of Spring from The Louisville Ballet
The Louisville Ballet has hired a new executive director. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The Louisville Ballet announced that Dwight Hutton is the company’s new executive director, replacing Jack Lemmon who left last month to take a job with the Colorado Ballet. Hutton was a dancer with the Milwaukee Ballet through the 1990s before becoming… Continue reading Ballet Hires New Exectuive Director
The Louisville Ballet just put out this press release: David P. Calzi, President of the Board of Directors for the Louisville Ballet announced today that Jack R. Lemmon, the executive director of the Company since 2003, has made a decision to leave the Louisville Ballet effective December 31, 2008. Mr. Lemmon has accepted the same… Continue reading Louisville Ballet’s Executive Director Resigns