From everyone at Kansas City Ballet, we’d like to thank those who were able to make it to our fall production featuring Fancy Free, along with four other spectacular pieces. Also, a big congratulations to the dancers and production staff for putting on an amazing show!
As audience members, you don’t get to see what goes on behind the scenes. From dancers hurrying to get into place, costume changes, managers calling lighting cues among many other things, backstage can be a quite chaotic but also an exciting place. Here are a few glimpses behind the curtain from our fall show….
Now, for the audience view: (Photos courtesy of Steve Wilson)
This past Friday, the Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater here at Kansas City Ballet’s Bolender Center was filled with people looking to get a glimpse into the rehearsal process of our company dancers. They also were given a behind the scenes look at KCB’s fall show featuring Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, which opens this Friday Oct. 11 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 20!
Check out some photos below from the First Friday event. To view these dancers in full costume and onstage at the Kauffman Center performing 5 spectacular ballets, you can order tickets online at kcballet.org or call 816.931.2232.
Dancer Rachel Coats smiles as Artistic Director Devon Carney talks to audience members about the rehearsal process.
KC Metropolis reporter Laura Vernaci sat down with new Artistic Director Devon Carney for a Q&A session. Read the article below to learn more about Mr. Carney, his goals for Kansas City Ballet and his interest in technology.
By Laura Vernaci, Wed. Aug. 14: The Kansas City Ballet’s Artistic Director Devon Carney, comes to Kansas City from the Cincinnati Ballet where he has spent roughly a decade of his career. In 2003, he was appointed chief ballet master, and was named associate artistic director in 2008.Prior to Cincinnati, Carney was a company dancer with Boston Ballet. Joining their second company in 1978, he became a principal dancer with the main company eight years later.
Laura Vernaci:Why don’t we start withhow you’ve made your journey to Kansas City.
Devon Carney: Journey is an understatement, seriously. [Laughs] It’s ongoing. The journey is not complete by any means. There was the interview process… Actually let me go back a little further when it comes to Kansas City sort of showing up on my horizon. There was the announcement that Bill [Whitener] was going to be resigning in a year. And I thought that was cool that Kansas City Ballet was going to make that extensive of a transitional period. I thought that was really great because it gave the company and the community time to kind of ingest this. I mean he’s been here for 17 years and that’s a long commitment level for an artist to stay put in one place for that many years. I respect him highly for dedicating that much of his artistic life to Kansas City, as did his predecessor. So to give it a year – that was the first thing I saw about Kansas City. I had already been following them on their Facebook page and I think they were one of the first cities, or first ballet companies, to have an app.
LV:I didn’t even know they had an app. I’ll have to check it out.
DC: There have been many more but Kansas City was one of the first ones. I was always getting apps trying to see the dance companies.
LV:So you’re tech savvy?
DC: Yeah, I love it. Ever since my high school years of – you probably won’t even know what this is. It’s when computers had tape, punch tape; the paper tape roles with all of the holes on it. That was the program and I thought it was the coolest, most high tech thing in the world. You put this piece of tape in here and click, click, click on an IBM. And of course, where we’ve gone from there is amazing.