Photo Fun: Winter Progam

We have just finished another successful run of great performances. A special thanks to everyone involved who helped make the show a success! Check out some of the photos from the winter production featuring A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All photography is by Steve Wilson.

Artistic Director & Choreographer of A Midsummer Night’s DreamWilliam Whitener, took a bow at the end of each performance. Whitener will be retiring at the end of this season after 17 years with Kansas City Ballet. We appreciate all he has done for this company!

Artistic Director & Choreographer of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' William Whitener, takes a bow at the end of the performance

Now that you’ve seen the photos, check out the short video recap:

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Learn More About What You’re Watching

Have you ever been to a performance or a play, and not quite understood what was happening on stage?

Here at Kansas City Ballet, we want you to have a great experience at our productions, which is why we have a number of outlets for you to discover and learn more about what you’ll be seeing on stage.

Our winter show featuring A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a great example. You can view the program notes on our website to freshen your memory of Shakespeare’s tale of life and love. Ticket holders can also attend our Belger Footnote Series, pre-curtain talks held one hour before each performance at the Kauffman Center. You can also learn more about this ballet in a video created by KCUR.

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KCB Dancers

Splendid Isolation III has a passionate story behind it.  The choreography is based off the love story of Gustav Mahler, the composer of the music used in this piece, and his wife. Curious?? Listen to KCB’s Music Director, Ramona Pansegrau tell this amazing true story. You can also hear from two of our company dancers who perform the piece and go behind the scenes of a rehearsal in this video.

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Dancer Stayce Camparo

Researching and learning about the ballets before the performance will you give you an entirely new perspective on the day of the 

show. You will have an understanding and appreciation for the ballet that will enhance your overall experience.

The last piece on the program, Concerto Grosso, was created by Toni Pimble specifically for Kansas City Ballet. It premiered in 2010, and you can read all about it on our website.

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KCB Dancers

Moral of the story? Do your homework! 🙂 And don’t miss the last weekend of our Winter Show, featuring these three ballets! March 22-24 at the Kauffman Center – tickets available on our website.

*All photography in this post is by Steve Wilson.

Behind the Scenes: Creating the Costume

With our upcoming show A Midsummer Night’s Dream opening a week from tomorrow, we wanted to give our readers a behind the scenes look into preparing for this production. Not only are the dancers hard at work rehearsing, but our costume shop is busy creating and fixing costumes.

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Jennifer Carroll, our costume shop supervisor, talked with us about what it takes to prepare the costumes.

In particular, the costume pictured left is worn by the Peaseblossom Fairy. It was also used the last time Kansas City Ballet performed this ballet, which was in 2002. It took roughly 5 hours to alter the costume to fit the dancer who will be wearing it in this production.

From the audience you will notice the beauty of this Peaseblossom costume, but you may not notice the tiny details that were required to ensure the piece was in prime condition.

Part of the dress was airbrushed, where one color fades to another. Below you’ll see a few close up images of the Peaseblossom costume. The wings were hand painted, as well as some of the leaves and flowers.

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Check back for more behind the scenes posts on our upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, March 15-24 at the Kauffman Center. Tickets are still available so get yours today!