The 2012 Ballet Season

By | February 11, 2012

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This Kansas City Ballet season is a balance of the old and the new this year that is sure to delight, amuse, and amaze. Last season we saw premieres along with perennial favorites. This year ballet viewers can expect to enjoy a beautifully artistic season of performances.

This season, choreographer Karole Armitage will make a world premiere. Along with this, the season will bring an assortment of narrative-driven, contemporary and classical ballets. “Mercury” is classical ballet choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett and is a ballet that encompasses music by Franz Joseph Haydn, drawn from five symphonies. Hayden’s music is studied in its bright and dark aspects in this moving performance.

Another major premiere and a regular audience favorite this season will be “Carmina Burana”, by Toni Pimble. This ballet is set to the music of Carl Orff and promises to do well this season. Along with that will be, from past seasons, Pimble’s “Concerto Grosso” set to the music of Ernet Bloch along with Jessica Lang’s pas de deuz  “Splendid Isolation III” accompanied by the music of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony will return to the stage.

Additionally, pas de deux “End of Time” from Ben Stevenson will take center stage. The music of Antonin Dvorak sets this beautiful story of a woman and man who must learn to survive as the last two people on Earth. “End of Time” has been gracing the stage since 2009 and is still running strong. A seasonal favorite each December, is “The Nutcracker”. Todd Bolender’s choreographed performances will surely delight as sugar plum fairies glide across the stage as a dreamy child joins the world of his toys.

In addition to these, Whietner’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” accompanied by the music of Felix Mendelssohn will surely entertain. Scenes from the classic Shakespeare play will be featured as two actors recite them, joined by two female vocalists and a women’s choir.  Also, look for  a few pop-culture ballets with Margo Sappington’s “Common People” and William Shatner’s “Has Been” collaborated with musician Ben Folds.

So if you’re looking for class and fun this year, be sure to check out the ballet. With great performances schedule for year round, you can guarantee something good is always playing.

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