Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
A STUNNING FUSION OF IRISH FOLK DANCE AND BALLET
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Lila York debuted Celts at Boston Ballet – a year before Michael Flatley’s Riverdance became a sensation – and was hailed by the Boston Herald as “a riveting, imaginative marriage of ballet and Irish folk dance with a modern sensibility.” Set to the music of The Chieftains and more, this celebration of Irish culture has brought audiences to their feet with its choreographically intense jig and captivating energy.
Choreography: Lila York
Music: The Chieftains, William J. Ruyle, Bill Whelen, Mason Daring
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Music: Philip Glass
Music performed by Kansas City Symphony
Dig deeper into this Kansas City Ballet production with these resources:
Dance Speaks: Celts
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
5:30-6:00pm | Company Open Rehearsal
6:00-7:00pm | Panel Discussion
Frost Studio Theater | Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity
As part of Kansas City Ballet’s commitment to engage the community-at-large, we offer a unique educational series titled DANCE SPEAKS, held at various venues around the community.
Kansas City Ballet’s Artistic Director Devon Carney moderates what promises to be an interesting panel discussion with the choreographer of Celts, Lila York, and other special guests. Celts, a stunning fusion of Irish Folk Dance and Ballet is set to the music of The Chieftans. A celebration of Irish culture it brought audiences to their feet with its intense choreographed jig and captivating energy. Come to see a rehearsal with Lila York and KCB company dancers before the production opens to experience this marriage of ballet and Irish dance!
Learn how music, special effects and costumes all make magic on stage by attending a pre-curtain talk, the Belger Footnote Series, hosted by Artistic Director Devon Carney.
Dancers, choreographers, musicians, and special guests offer audience members an insider’s view on the story line, choreography, history, costumes, and music prior to each repertory performance. These informal discussions are free for all ticket holders. They are held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts one hour prior to curtain for Kansas City Ballet repertory shows.
Celts Pre-Curtain Talks
May 8, 6:30 p.m.
May 9, 6:30 p.m.
May 10, 1:00 p.m.
May 15, 6:30 p.m.
May 16, 6:30 p.m.
May 17, 1:00 p.m.