When the audience hears the phrase “pas de deux,” often a romantic duet comes to mind — the title characters…
Coordinating ballet with symphony is a puzzle that involves balancing visual and musical aspects of performance.
The Charlotte Ballet dancers take their places on the stage. But they are not alone. As the lights come up, it is former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky who stands beside them as the music begins.
In 1946, acclaimed ballet choreographer George Balanchine found himself with a bit of spare pocket change. After weighing the potential of his possible expenditures, he approached composer Paul Hindemith and asked him to write a chamber score for the piano and strings. One month and $500 later, the celebrated ballet called “The Four Temperaments” was born, a perfect union of Hindemith’s scoring and Balanchine’s choreography.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, audiences will have the chance to witness the Charlotte Ballet push dance into an area of creative discomfort. The company hopes that they will metamorphose into the unexpected and the enlightened.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, the Charlotte Ballet will take the stage to pay homage to the iconic dance. With 10 separate pas de deux of all shapes and sizes, however, they are doing far more than just paying homage.
The iconic image of a tutu-fitted classical ballerina may be legendary, but it’s not permanent.
Tonight, the Charlotte Ballet and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra are putting their thumbprint on two of the dance world’s most revered compositions.
Once upon a time, there was a woman who lived in a tree. She made her home high in the leafy canopy for two years, refusing to leave its branches out of fear that the tree would be cut down.
Before Week Seven’s focus on “Diplomacy” comes to an end, Chautauqua Dance associate artistic director Mark Diamond will relate diplomacy to Chautauquans in a way no speaker would have attempted.
NCDT dancers will perform Diamond’s “The Decision Maker” to open their final show of the season, which begins at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater. Dancers will be accompanied by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Grant Cooper.