Kansas City Ballet Dancers in First Position in winter 2008. Photographer Steve Wilson.
Choreography: William Whitener
Based on the tradition of classical ballet, First Position was created in honor of the Company’s 50th anniversary and dedicated to Kansas City Ballet Founder Tatiana Dokoudovska and Artistic Director Emeritus Todd Bolender. Mr. Whitener describes the ballet as “a reminiscence based on my memories of encountering the world of classical ballet as a young boy in the 1950s. The title of the ballet acknowledges the placement of the body at the beginning of each ballet class: First Position”.
World Premiere: February 21, 2008 Lyric Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri