Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
We have New York City Ballet soloists performing a pas de deux from Balanchine's Agon (one of my personal favorites), as well as Gershwin's 3 Preludes. We'll also get a glimpse of David Nixon's Cleopatra, by Northern Ballet Dancers. The Houston Ballet will bring a pas de deux from Madame Butterfly, a favorite from former BalletMet Artistic Director Stanton Welch. We're even bringing some tap dancing to the stage! Coming from Broadway, Marshall Davis Jr. will perform two numbers that are bound to get your feet tapping too :) And for all you classical ballet lovers, the famous Black Swan Pas de Deux will be performed by the National Ballet of Canada dancers. In addition, BalletMet will bring back to the stage Pulses, Chords, and Passion, a crowd pleaser that premiered last season in Jazz Moves Columbus.
In addition to this being a wonderful display of dance around the world, let's not forget that this event will also serve as a send off for our beloved Artistic Director, Mr. Gerard Charles. What a perfect celebration to end on after 22 years of association with BalletMet. I know everyone is going to miss seeing him and those red boots around here. We're wishing him the best of luck at the Joffrey Ballet! There will be an exclusive post-performance party, Celebration of Stars, in which he will be recognized. It's also an opportunity to meet the internationsl guest artists you watched perform. Tickets to this event are seperate from the performance.
As always, visit our website for more details and ticket information on this event. And make sure to keep a lookout for event updates on Twitter and Facebook! Hope to see you all there, it's going to be a hit for sure.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
|Leap and Twirl,|
BalletMet's new children's book
|Author and Illustrator,|
Anderson and Hout
|Leap and Twirl, the title characters|
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Q: Can you tell me a little about the costumes?
A: We are making a lot of costumes but they are simple and don’t take up much room. While it is less work than Sleeping Beauty, we are all still busy. We started on DanceTech after Sleeping Beauty ended. The costumes are very fun and space-agey and all of the fabric is hand-dyed. We have a woman who is helping us specifically with the dye because there are different dyes for different fabrics depending on the fabric content.
Q: What are you most excited for?
A: I am super excited about the tutus. In all my years here, we have never gotten the chance to make an abnormal tutu and we finally get to! They are handmade by our shop and we are making one for every girl in the company. It’s a whole new tutu and it is completely different than anything you’ve seen before.
(Since the tutus are a secret until the show, you will have to come see DanceTech to see them!)
Q: Will you be working up until the show?
A: Yes, but it won’t be manic, just some minor tweaking.
Q: What’s next for the Costume Shop once DanceTech is over?
A: We will be finishing up (cleaning, stocking, and refurbishing the machines) before shutting down for the summer. We will be reconvening in July to start on next season.
Q: Most importantly, which costume is your favorite?
A: There are a lot of cool costumes but the tutus are definitely my favorite!
Thanks for letting me talk to you again
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
- Characters: When you are reading your playbill, don’t be surprised when some familiar names do not appear, such as Maleficent and Prince Phillip (the evil fairy is named Carabosse and the Prince is Désiré.) There are a few more good fairies in the ballet and some unexpected appearances by other classic fairy tale characters, such as Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots.
- Plot: Now I don’t want to give away too many details, but let’s just say that it’s not a spinning wheel that causes Princess Aurora to fall into her 100-year sleep (which in the ballet actually lasts 100 years!). Also, she does not live in the forest under the pseudonym Briar Rose.
- Music: The music for the Disney film was inspired by Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s composition for the ballet. However, since this is a ballet, no one will be belting out “Once Upon a Dream” or “I Wonder” (except maybe me at intermission).
Other fun facts about the ballet Sleeping Beauty:
- This is Tchaikovsky’s longest ballet, clocking in at around 4 hours with intermission. (BalletMet’s version is much shorter.)
- The first time Sleeping Beauty was performed was in 1890.
- Sleeping Beauty was the 2nd most popular ballet in the Imperial Ballet’s repertoire.
Two weeks ago, I attended the open rehearsal BalletMet had for Sleeping Beauty. Even though the characters were not in costume and did not have any props, I could tell this is going to be a beautiful show. Visit https://www.balletmet.org/sleepingbeauty to get your tickets now and I hope to see you out this weekend!
Friday, March 2, 2012
Q: Can you tell me a little about the costumes?
A: We have been working on the costumes for Sleeping Beauty since July and have been working on them at the same time as working on costumes for other shows, such as The Nutcracker.
All but around 12 costumes are new, leaving around 300 new costumes and 70 new headpieces. Most of the fabric was purchased from
Q: Since there are two different casts for this show, how will that work for the costumes?
A: Dancers will be able to share the costumes. However, there are at least 2 extras for each costume just in case, which adds a lot of work!
Q: Will you be working up until the show?
A: Yes. Most likely we will be working through the show. Since the costumes are brand new, they will stretch after the dancers dance in them for the first time, so we will be working through the show and refitting. There are at least 12 artisans and plenty of volunteers who have been helping since July! We have specialty make-up for Carabosse and her minions. There is a special team just to be backstage doing makeup for the children.
Q: After Sleeping Beauty, what’s next for the costume shop?
A: DanceTech and a little bit of rehabbing (which consists of cleaning, filing, etc.)
Q: Which costume is your favorite?
A: That’s tricky. Right now, I really love the White Cat costume. She is so sassy and fun.
Q: What are you most excited for?
A: I am most excited to see the costumes on the stage! The costumes have enormous detail and are very rich. It is going to be a beautiful show.
Thank you so much for your time
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The show celebrates
The dancing was superb; it blew other shows I have seen right out of the water. The costumes were simple and elegant and all of the group movements were perfectly synchronized. My favorite piece was the Motown number, which was the one I was able to get a sneak peak of at the director’s circle a few weeks ago. Another crowd favorite was the Gospel piece before it.
My words alone cannot describe how wonderful the show is so you should definitely come see for yourself. Still not convinced? There is an ice cream social after each show featuring free Jeni’s ice cream and a chance to mingle with the dancers! Hope to see you out this weekend!
If you have already seen the performance, share your favorite part with us down below :)
Friday, January 27, 2012
There is nothing better than unwinding to jazz music after a busy day, grooving to Motown, or rejoicing with Gospel music. What’s even better? Experiencing a show that has all that and more, Jazz Moves Columbus at BalletMet!
Everyone here is preparing for the opening of BalletMet’s next performance, Jazz Moves Columbus. The show features dance from jazz to ballet with music ranging from jazz to Motown. BalletMet, along with the Jazz Arts Group, celebrates the 200th birthday of Columbus by honoring the original Jazz Moves (which won the Greater Columbus Arts Council's Artistic Excellence Award) by showcasing the past, present, and future of Columbus life through dance.
The show features pieces choreographed by local and Tony nominated talent. Last week, I had the honor of watching the company rehearse a piece by Dan Knechtges, Tony nominated for his work in Xanadu. Not only has Dan choreographed numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, but his work is also seen in movies and music videos. His piece in Jazz Moves samples all your favorite oldies, such as The Temptations “My Girl”.
A quick look at the other choreographers in Jazz Moves:
-Lynne Taylor Corbett: Lynne was nominated for 2 Tony awards and some of her work can be seen in the original “Footloose” film.
-Randy Duncan: Randy was the three-time winner of Chicago’s prestigious Ruth Page Award for the Outstanding Choreographer of the Year and was nominated for the American Choreography Award for his work in the movie Save the Last Dance, featuring Julia Stiles.
-Stella Kane: Stella was the founding Artistic Director of BalletMet’s JazzMet and was a featured dancer in the national tour of Bob Fosse’s Broadway hit, Dancin’.
-Harrison McEldowney: Harrison has worked with multiple ballet companies and his work was featured in the closing ceremonies of the ’92 Olympics in Barcelona.
-Darrell Moultrie: Darrell is both a choreographer and performer; he starred opposite Toni Braxton on Broadway in Aida and danced in the original Broadway productions of Hairspray, The Color Purple and Billy Elliott.
After a sneak peek of just one of the pieces, I am so excited to see Jazz Moves! The performance opens February 2 and runs through February 12 at the Capitol Theatre. For more information on show times and tickets, visit https://www.balletmet.org/current-performance#1. Hope to see you all for Jazz Moves Columbus :)
For a sneak peek, check out this video!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
It’s 2012! Out with the old, in with the New Year, the first snowfall of the winter, and me, the new marketing intern for BalletMet! My name is Kelsey and I am a senior at THE Ohio State University. Just to share a little about myself: I am a Strategic Communications major and a Theatre Minor. I am always asked, “Strategic Communications? What’s that?” Basically it is entails everything from public relations to publicity, marketing to advertising, even special event planning.
“Okay so you want to do PR and marketing, why theatre?” I have been involved with dance and theatre since I was 5 years old. I started dancing at Dance Reach with Mary Rose and suffered from terrible stage fright. I think my exact words to my parents at my first ballet recital were “Don’t smile at me.”
After a 2nd grade field trip to see BalletMet’s production of The Nutcracker, my interest in dancing was peaked. I sang and danced in Show Choir through middle school. In high school, I became a member of the flag corps, one reason being that I saw this as a way to get back into dance. I was very involved in the theatre department in high school, including musical theater and I am an International Thespian. My favorite shows were the annual musicals, where we had the opportunity to work with a professional choreographer!
When I took my first hip-hop dance class at OSU my freshman year, it made me wish that I had stuck with dance when I was younger. I knew a minor in dance seemed unrealistic when paired with a communications major, so I chose theatre. A way for me to still be a part of something I am passionate about.
Now, here I am! Finally getting the opportunity to be a part of something I am excited about! Yes, I have been an intern before; once for a local restaurant and catering company and once for an on-campus non-profit organization. While I gained a lot of experience that will help with my career, my career goal is to end up working in an aspect of the entertainment industry, whether it’s dancing, theatre, or music.
I know it’s cheesy to say but when I stepped into BalletMet for my interview last week, I felt at home. I had only been in the building for 5 minutes and the relaxed atmosphere of the dancers stretching in the halls felt familiar. After my interview, I was able to take a tour of the facility. Stopping in the costume shop and peeking into the studio to see some of the company rehearse made me so excited to start this internship!
It’s only my first day and I am about to go watch the Director’s circle, featuring a piece by Dan Knechtges from BalletMet’s upcoming Jazz Moves. Who knew an internship could be so fun?! I am looking forward to all the new experiences that I will get to be a part of and the knowledge I will gain from this internship. Best of all, I get to share it with you!!
To be continued…