Rite of Spring Rehearsals

The final Kansas City Ballet performances of the 2015-2016 season are approaching. On May 6 thru the 15, Kansas City Ballet will perform a program made up of four ballets related to spring including Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring. Below, enjoy a video from Rite of Spring rehearsal as well as a few images from rehearsals of Viktor Plotnikov’s Vesna. Tickets are still available here.

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KCB Dancers Logan Pachciarz and Taryn Mejia look on as Kaleena Burks and Lamin Pereira dos Santos take their turn rehearsing for Vesna.

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KCB Dancers Angelina Sansone and Liang Fu rehearse Vesna.

 

Subscriber Appreciation: Open Rehearsals and Receptions

At Kansas City Ballet, we appreciate our subscribers! Each spring we invite patrons who have had their season tickets for five years and longer to attend a working rehearsal with our dancers followed by a reception. This year there were three such receptions (April 19-21). Longtime subscribers Uri and Marlene Seiden (pictured on far left below) have been attending Ballet performances for nearly all of their 60-year marriage.

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Kansas City Youth Ballet’s Spring Show Sparkles

Kansas City Youth Ballet (KCYB) just completed their performances of Le Corsaire to large crowds at the Bolender Center this past weekend (April 15-17). In addition to the title ballet, the group also performed original works from Marcus Oatis, Christina Burton, and Paula Weber.

KCYB’s final official 2015-2016 performance will be during the Kansas City Ballet School Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available here.

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KCYB dancers Hezekiah Lasater and Kate Anderson are pictured in the promotional poster design.

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Members of KCYB preparing backstage.

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Costumes arranged by dancer backstage.

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KCYB performers during Le Corsaire.

Behind the Dance: Wendy Whelan Event

Last night Kansas City Ballet held a free lecture and reception featuring ballet legend Wendy Whelan, Rite of Spring choreographer Adam Hougland and Kansas City Ballet Dancers Angelina Sansone and Kaleena Burks at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. It was a full house.

Whelan began dancing at the age of 3. In 1984 she joined New York City Ballet, where she was promoted to principal dancer in 1991. She went on to spend 30 years there. In 2009, she was approached by Adam Hougland to be his muse in Rite of Spring when it was premiered by Louisville Ballet. She is in town coaching Kansas City Ballet dancers selected to dance the lead in Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring which will close the ballet’s 2015-2016 season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts May 6-15.

For more information about tickets to the Ballet’s spring performances, click here.

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(L) Devon Carney led the panel discussion with Wendy Whelan, Adam Hougland, Angelina Sansone and Kaleena Burks. (R) Adam Hougland signed autographs for some eager ballet fans.

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(L) Wendy Whelan and Angelina Sansone take a photo with some young fans. (R) Wendy Whelan, Adam Hougland, Wendy and George Powell, Devon Carney and Jeffrey Bentley posed for a photo. The Powells have generously provided sponsorship for the spring performances.

 

New Moves

New Moves is in its last weekend for the 2015-2016 season and every performance has been wonderful! We had the opportunity to present six world premieres, three of which were choreographed by our company dancers and the other three by guest choreographers. All performances for New Moves took place at the Todd Bolender Center and were accompanied by a reception with refreshments.

The KC Ballets young professionals group BARRE KC held a fun evening at Tom’s Town Distilling Co. prior to the Thursday performance. BARRE KC is a membership group that hosts fun events and provides discounts to those interested in supporting the ballet. Both members and non-members of BARRE KC were welcomed to the special event. Tom’s Town generously had their full menu of drinks and tasty snacks, it was a great way to kick off the evening.

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Thursday night performance of New Moves.
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BARRE KC event at Tom’s Town.

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At the New Moves reception after the performance. Pictured: KCB Company Dancer Laura Hunt and KCB Second Company Dancers Marisa Whiteman, Miranda Dafoe, and Goldie Walberg.

 

Save the Date for Kansas City Ballet Guild’s Ballet Bash

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The Kansas City Ballet Guild will host its 49th annual ballet gala on Saturday, Oct. 1st. The event has been rebranded as the Ballet Bash and will kick off the Kansas City Ballet’s 2016-2017 season highlighting A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Ballet’s home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity!

Kimberlee Ried and Erik Bergrud are the co-chairmen of the event and are pleased to announce Nancy Lee and Jonathan Kemper will serve as the Honorary Chairs for 2016. The annual Pirouette Award will be presented to a person/persons or corporate entity contributing extraordinary amounts of time, talent, and energy to benefit the Kansas City Ballet and the performing arts community.

This gala fundraiser will be an evening of cocktails, sumptuous food, and dancing, with the proceeds benefiting Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Ballet School.

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Bash Co-chairmen: Kimberlee Ried and Erik Bergrud

Photography by Mark Braswell, Strauss Peyton Photography