Kansas City Ballet http://kcur.org en Todd Bolender To Be Honored At 2nd Annual Kansas City Dance Festival http://kcur.org/post/todd-bolender-be-honored-2nd-annual-kansas-city-dance-festival <p>This weekend,&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Georgia; line-height: normal;">the second annual <a href="http://kcdancefestival.com">Kansas City Dance Festival</a> gets under way, assembling dancers and choreographers from the local, national and international stage. </span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:53:37 +0000 Julie Denesha 57216 at http://kcur.org Todd Bolender To Be Honored At 2nd Annual Kansas City Dance Festival After 30-Year Career With The Kansas City Ballet, James Jordan Moves On http://kcur.org/post/after-30-year-career-kansas-city-ballet-james-jordan-moves <p>After nearly three decades with the <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/">Kansas City Ballet</a>, Ballet Master James Jordan has accepted the same post with <a href="http://www.sarasotaballet.org/">The Sarasota Ballet</a> as of the 2014-2015 season.</p><p>Devon Carney, the Ballet's artistic director, said in a news release that Jordan's national reputation as a stager of Anthony Tudor ballets led to the Florida connection.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:11:53 +0000 Laura Spencer 53981 at http://kcur.org After 30-Year Career With The Kansas City Ballet, James Jordan Moves On Exploring Silence In Dance At KCB Choreographer Showcase http://kcur.org/post/exploring-silence-dance-kcb-choreographer-showcase <p>A blowing March wind on Thursday roared outside the windows of a rehearsal and performance space in the Bolender Center for Dance &amp; Creativity. Ilya Kozadayev, a former soloist with Houston Ballet, watched intently from the audience as a group of six dancers from the <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/">Kansas City Ballet</a> moved without music. For long stretches of time, only the sound of occasional claps and feet upon the floor could be heard as they went through the motions of a final tech rehearsal.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:18:14 +0000 Julie Denesha 53342 at http://kcur.org Exploring Silence In Dance At KCB Choreographer Showcase 'Dracula' Choreographer On The Beauty And Danger Of The Count http://kcur.org/post/dracula-choreographer-beauty-and-danger-count <p>It's been nearly 120 years since the publication of Bram Stoker's gothic novel <em>Dracula</em>. But his tale of the Count, who stalks living creatures and survives on their blood, continues to this day to be interpreted and popularized in theater, television, film, and dance. This season, the Kansas City Ballet is staging choreographer Michael Pink's <em>Dracula</em>, based on Stoker's classic work.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:54:06 +0000 Julie Denesha, Steve Walker & Laura Spencer 51609 at http://kcur.org 'Dracula' Choreographer On The Beauty And Danger Of The Count Kansas City Ballet's 'Dracula' Visits The Dark Side http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballets-dracula-visits-dark-side <p>Many ballets often depend on the concept of tension, whether in the muscles of the dancers or the story itself. That may be even more evident in the Kansas City Ballet's production of <em>Dracula</em>, opening this Friday.</p><p>In bringing the iconic character to the stage, the company is venturing to its dark side with a production that is the first in the Ballet's history to come with parental discretion advised.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker & Julie Denesha 51165 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet's 'Dracula' Visits The Dark Side An 'Explosive' Dancer Performs As The Nutcracker http://kcur.org/post/explosive-dancer-performs-nutcracker <p>This year, the <a href="http://www.owencoxdance.org/">Owen/Cox Dance Group</a> is bringing its annual jazzy adaptation of <em>The Nutcracker and the Mouse King</em> to the Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.</p><p>Returning to perform in the production is a powerful dancer with an explosive name: Winston Dynamite Brown. A frequent guest artist with the group, Brown says he relishes his role as the Nutcracker.</p><p><strong>Growing into an explosive name</strong></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:23:28 +0000 Julie Denesha 48568 at http://kcur.org An 'Explosive' Dancer Performs As The Nutcracker [VIDEO] KCB II Takes Dance To The Community http://kcur.org/post/video-kcb-ii-takes-dance-community <p></p><p>This year, the <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/home.html">Kansas City Ballet</a> launched a second company called <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/aboutus/company/kcbii.html">KCB II</a>. It’s a selective program – there are only five dancers in the ensemble – and they're charged with taking dance out into the community.</p><p><strong>Creating a role for dance in the community</strong></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:06:37 +0000 Julie Denesha 48590 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] KCB II Takes Dance To The Community Kansas City Ballet's New Director On 'The Nutcracker' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballets-new-director-nutcracker <p>Each year in December, like many other companies, the Kansas City Ballet puts on a production of The Nutcracker.</p><p>But this year the Kansas City Ballet has a new leader at the artistic helm, Devon Carney.</p><p>Carney joins us to speak about this holiday classic and how he keeps it fresh for himself and the audience.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:23:01 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 48069 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet's New Director On 'The Nutcracker' [VIDEO] Ramona Pansegrau, A Life At The Piano, Shaped By Dance http://kcur.org/post/video-ramona-pansegrau-life-piano-shaped-dance <p><a href="http://www.kcballet.org/aboutus/company/music.html">Ramona Pansegrau</a> is a musician whose life has been shaped by dance. This marks Pansegrau&#39;s seventh season as both the music director and the conductor for the <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/">Kansas City Ballet</a>. And, after three decades of working with dancers, she says creating wonderful moments on stage still gives her a thrill.</p><p><strong>Preparations are crucial</strong></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 45127 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Ramona Pansegrau, A Life At The Piano, Shaped By Dance [VIDEO] Devon Carney Puts His Stamp On Kansas City Ballet http://kcur.org/post/video-devon-carney-puts-his-stamp-kansas-city-ballet <p>The<a href="http://www.kcballet.org" style="font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; "> Kansas City Ballet</a><span style="color: rgb(50, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; ">&#39;s new artistic director, </span><a href="http://www.kcballet.org/aboutus/company/artisticdirector.html" style="font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; ">Devon Carney</a><span style="color: rgb(50, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; ">, begins his tenure with a world premiere. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:30:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 44043 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Devon Carney Puts His Stamp On Kansas City Ballet Triple Threat: Dance Companies Join For Performance http://kcur.org/post/triple-threat-dance-companies-join-performance <p>It&#39;s the ultimate collaboration for three dancing companies in Kansas City. The Kansas City Ballet will join forces with Owen/CoxDance Group and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance to present a triumvirate of original work .</p><p>On Friday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about why this collaboration is so groundbreaking and what it means for dance culture in the city.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:48:42 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44313 at http://kcur.org Triple Threat: Dance Companies Join For Performance Roanoke Park Hosts A Diverse Celebration Of Dance http://kcur.org/post/roanoke-park-hosts-diverse-celebration-dance <p>A festive crowd gathered Saturday evening at Roanoke Park with blankets and lawn chairs for the 15th Annual "Dance in the Park" presented by <a href="http://www.cityinmotion.org/">City in Motion Dance Theater</a>. Local companies presented a diverse range of dance ranging from modern to classical ballet, and East Indian to Afro-Brazilian capoeira.<br> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 15:31:08 +0000 Julie Denesha 43159 at http://kcur.org Roanoke Park Hosts A Diverse Celebration Of Dance Kansas City Ballet And Lyric Opera Open Doors To First Friday Crowds http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballet-and-lyric-opera-open-doors-first-friday <p>To celebrate the opening of the 2013-2014 season, <a href="http://www.kcopera.org/">Lyric Opera of Kansas City</a> and <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/">Kansas City Ballet</a> threw open their doors to scores of First Friday crowds.&nbsp;<br> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 16:22:43 +0000 Julie Denesha 43265 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet And Lyric Opera Open Doors To First Friday Crowds Kansas City Ballet Launches Second Company http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballet-launches-second-company <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/index.html">Kansas City Ballet</a> is joining other dance companies around the country – from Boston Ballet to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – to create a training ground for young dancers: a second company.&nbsp;</p><p>Devon Carney, newly appointed artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet, described the second company, Kansas City Ballet II (KCB II), as a "natural next stage of development," based on the Ballet’s growth in recent years.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:31:02 +0000 Laura Spencer 42396 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet Launches Second Company Kansas City Creative Couples: Coats & Pachciarz http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-creative-couples-coats-pachciarz <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nelson-atkins.org/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">.&nbsp;They’re part of Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:09:02 +0000 Julie Denesha 40593 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Creative Couples: Coats & Pachciarz [VIDEO] Off-Season: Dancers Challenge Audiences And Themselves With New Summer Festival http://kcur.org/post/video-season-dancers-challenge-audiences-and-themselves-new-summer-festival <p>For most dancers, the off-season is a time of rest and recuperation from the rigors of performance. But six months ago, Kansas City Ballet dancers <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/aboutus/company/dancers.html#krutzkamp">Anthony Krutzkamp</a> and <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/aboutus/company/dancers.html#pachciarz">Logan Pachciarz</a> began to plan a more ambitious summer break.</p><p><strong>Art is not always easy</strong></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 39141 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Off-Season: Dancers Challenge Audiences And Themselves With New Summer Festival A New Artistic Director For The Kansas City Ballet http://kcur.org/post/new-artistic-director-kansas-city-ballet <p>After an extensive search process, the <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/">Kansas City Ballet </a>has a new artistic director. Dancer, choreographer and teacher Devon Carney begins his new post in July. Carney succeeds outgoing artistic director William Whitener. Fri, 24 May 2013 01:00:45 +0000 Laura Spencer 37117 at http://kcur.org A New Artistic Director For The Kansas City Ballet Five Questions For Devon Carney http://kcur.org/post/five-things-know-about-devon-carney <p>The <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/">Kansas City Ballet</a> has named Devon Carney as the company's new artistic director. For the last decade, Carney has worked with <a href="http://www.cballet.org/">Cincinnati Ballet</a>; since 2008, he's served as associate artistic director. Fri, 24 May 2013 01:00:33 +0000 Laura Spencer 37234 at http://kcur.org Five Questions For Devon Carney [VIDEO] Five Questions For Kansas City Ballet’s William Whitener http://kcur.org/post/video-five-questions-kansas-city-ballet-s-william-whitener <p>This marks Artistic Director William Whitener's final season with the Kansas City Ballet. After 17 years with the company, he's preparing to return to New York. Whitener answered a few questions before the final performances. Fri, 10 May 2013 22:34:53 +0000 Julie Denesha 36555 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Five Questions For Kansas City Ballet’s William Whitener William Whitener: Taking A Final KC Bow http://kcur.org/post/william-whitener-taking-final-kc-bow <p><strong>William Whitener</strong> became <strong>Artistic Director of the <a href="http://kcballet.org" target="_blank">Kansas City Ballet</a></strong> in 1996.&nbsp; After having staged, taught, acquired, commissioned or created 85 works for the organization and seeing it move into its new rehearsal and performance spaces, Whitener <strong>now prepares to leave the Ballet</strong> and embark on yet another chapter in his remarkable career.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 02:35:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 36476 at http://kcur.org William Whitener: Taking A Final KC Bow Rock, Jazz, And William Shatner Conclude Kansas City Ballet's Season http://kcur.org/post/rock-jazz-and-william-shatner-conclude-kansas-city-ballets-season <p style="text-align: -webkit-left;">The Kansas City Ballet tops off its 55th season with a playful mix of dance.<font color="#350201"><font size="2"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><b> </b></font></font></font> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:02:13 +0000 Julie Denesha 36109 at http://kcur.org Rock, Jazz, And William Shatner Conclude Kansas City Ballet's Season Unexpected Combinations In Karole Armitage's 'Energy Made Visible' http://kcur.org/post/unexpected-combinations-karole-armitages-energy-made-visible <p>Choreographer Karole Armitage, a native of Lawrence, Kan. says artist Jackson Pollock can be viewed as "a metaphor for the creative process"; his lines of dripped and poured paint are like a dance. Kansas City Ballet concludes its season with a world premiere by Armitage, exploring the intersection between art, jazz, and dance.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 36027 at http://kcur.org Unexpected Combinations In Karole Armitage's 'Energy Made Visible' Heartland Men's Chorus Explores Love, Before And After the Holocaust http://kcur.org/post/heartland-mens-chorus-explores-love-and-after-holocaust <p>In the 1920's and into the early 1930's, there was a thriving gay culture in Europe, especially in Berlin. But, with the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party, that all changed. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 33784 at http://kcur.org Heartland Men's Chorus Explores Love, Before And After the Holocaust The Weekend To-Do List: March 14-17, 2013 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-march-14-17-2013 <p><strong>Looking for some fun </strong>(and the luck of the Irish) the weekend of March 14-17, 2013? <strong>Brian McTavish </strong>returns with the <strong>Weekend To-Do List</strong>. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Brian McTavish 33474 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: March 14-17, 2013 [VIDEO] Developing Character Through Dance http://kcur.org/post/video-developing-character-through-dance <p>The Kansas City Ballet’s "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a Shakespeare comedy performed in dance. The process of developing a character through movement and pantomime is one that often takes a close collaboration between dancer and choreographer. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 33236 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Developing Character Through Dance As In 'Billy Elliot,' Barriers To Boys In Ballet Disappear With Grace http://kcur.org/post/billy-elliot-barriers-boys-ballet-disappear-grace <p>The musical <a href="/www.billyelliottour.com/us-tour"><i>Billy Elliot,</i></a> which won ten Tony Awards in 2009 and comes to Kansas City's <a href="http://kansascity.broadway.com">Music Hall</a> next week, teaches that to move toward a dream, the dream must involve movement. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker & Julie Denesha 30206 at http://kcur.org As In 'Billy Elliot,' Barriers To Boys In Ballet Disappear With Grace [VIDEO] Behind the Scenes: The Kansas City Ballet Costume Shop Prepares For 'The Nutcracker' http://kcur.org/post/video-behind-scenes-kansas-city-ballet-costume-shop-prepares-nutcracker <p>In a basement room of the&nbsp;​<a href="http://www.kcballet.org/aboutus/bolendercenter.html">Bolender Center</a>, Costume Shop Supervisor Jennifer Carroll and her assistant Joey Gee spend busy days fitting and repairing the costumes as the Kansas City Ballet prepares for its annual production of <em>The Nutcracker.</em></p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 28198 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Behind the Scenes: The Kansas City Ballet Costume Shop Prepares For 'The Nutcracker' [VIDEO] The Pounding Rhythms Of 'Carmina Burana' Open The Kansas City Ballet Season http://kcur.org/post/video-pounding-rhythms-carmina-burana-open-kansas-city-ballet-season <p>Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana” is based on Medieval poems about love, drinking, and spirituality – some bawdy and irreverent. For the Kansas City Ballet's epic-scaled production, music director Ramona Pansegrau leads the Kansas City Symphony, and a chorus, on-stage and in the balconies.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 26059 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] The Pounding Rhythms Of 'Carmina Burana' Open The Kansas City Ballet Season Kansas City Ballet's Artistic Director Changes Steps In 2013 http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballets-artistic-director-changes-steps-2013 <p>The <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/">Kansas City Ballet</a> announced late Friday that longtime artistic director William Whitener will step down at the end of the <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/performancestickets/newseason.html?psn=2584">2012-2013 season</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 07 Jul 2012 03:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 20618 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet's Artistic Director Changes Steps In 2013 Kansas City Ballet Announces Retirement Of Veteran Dancer http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballet-announces-retirement-veteran-dancer <p>Described as the "epitome of balletic grace," Kimberly Cowen is the one remaining Kansas City Ballet dancer hired by the late Todd Bolender, former artistic director. But, it's the end of an era.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:30:09 +0000 Laura Spencer 12568 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet Announces Retirement Of Veteran Dancer