The Performance Experience

 This is Sarah Chun’s first year with Kansas City Ballet. The 19-year-old from Chicago performed in Carmina Burana at the Kauffman Center this past weekend. She sat down with us to talk about her experience performing for the first time with KCB.

Random Fact: Sarah eats a banana before every performance. Why? Sarah says, “Supposedly it’s supposed to calm your nerves; and it’s good for you!”

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Opening Weekend

This past weekend, Kansas City Ballet opened their 2012-2013 season in the Kauffman Center with Toni Pimble’s Carmina Burana. Also on the program were Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Mercury and Ben Stevenson’s End of Time.

Take a look at some of the photos from this past weekend.
Photography by Steve Wilson.

Also, in case you missed the show, check out our performance video sneak preview!

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Don’t forget, you can still buy tickets to this weekend’s final three shows!

Why YOU Should Attend “Carmina Burana”

Some of the company dancers took the time to tell us why YOU should come see their fall show, Carmina Burana, choreographed by Toni Pimble, which opens THIS FRIDAY! This ballet also shares the evening with Lynne Talor-Corbett’s Mercury and Ben Stevenson’s End of Time.

The dancers are very excited for the performances, and you’ll see in the video below exactly why!

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Guest Choreographer/Stager: Lynne Taylor-Corbett

Our fall show is just around the corner! With three different ballets on the program, our dancers are keeping very busy! Recently we had guest stager/choreographer, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, spend two weeks here at KCB working with our dancers on Mercury.

Ms. Taylor-Corbett spoke with us recently about her inspiration behind her choreography for Mercury and why audiences will enjoy this particular ballet.

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Behind-the-Scenes: “Mercury”

Our upcoming fall show, Carmina Burana, shares the evening with two other ballets; Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Mercury and Ben Stevenson’s End of Time.

Company dancer Tempe Ostergren was excited to talk to us about preparing for her role in Mercury, along with how it differs from Carmina Burana.

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You may also recognize Tempe from our season poster!

The Pas De Deux: Carmina Burana

“Pas de deux” is the ballet term for a type of duet. In Kansas City Ballet’s production of Carmina Burana, Oct. 12-21, two couples were cast to perform a pas de deux. Each couple performs the number different nights of the show’s run, depending on when their ‘cast’ is scheduled.

Learn more about the difficulty of partnering and perfecting the pas de deux in this video from the two casts; Rachel Coats & Anthony Krutzkamp and Angelina Sansone & Geoffrey Kropp.

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Behind-the-Scenes: “Carmina Burana”

Toni Pimble, the Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer of Eugene Ballet Company spent four weeks at Kansas City Ballet staging Carmina Burana, as well as teaching her original choreography to the dancers.

Watch the video below to find out about the challenges of putting the show together and where she found her inspiration for the choreography. You will also see some behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsal!

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Don’t forget! Carmina Burana tickets are on sale NOW! Order online or call the Ballet Box office at 816.931.2232.