Kansas City Ballet

Dance
2:43 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Playing Romeo And Juliet

Kansas City Ballet dancers Anthony Krutzkamp and Kimberly Cowen at the Bolender Center.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Shakespeare's classic story of two star-crossed lovers has inspired musical, film and theatrical adaptations. It's also one of the most popular ballets.

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Headlines
7:38 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, February 16, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Dance
10:00 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Inside The Nutcracker

This year marks the Kansas City Ballet’s 39th annual production of The Nutcracker. It’s a holiday tradition, with a cast of more than 200, mostly children.

Click here to start/stop the audio version of this story.

Rebecca Smith, the stage manager, is the one charged with the herculean task of coordinating all of the students, dancers, costumes and props. Not surprisingly, she's hard to keep up with this time of year.

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Headlines
7:33 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, December 9, 2012

The KC Council's new redistricting map, KU's new football coach, inside "The Nutcracker," & more: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Theater/Performance
11:58 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Kansas City Ballet's "Tom Sawyer" Moves Into Kauffman Center [VIDEO]

photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

The Kansas City Ballet's first season in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens in October with "Tom Sawyer: A Ballet in 3 Acts" (choreography: William Whitener, music: Maury Yeston).

Kansas City, Mo. – The sets for "Tom Sawyer," built by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, were recently loaded into the Kauffman Center's Muriel Kauffman Theatre. KCUR's Laura Spencer stopped by to take a look.

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Theater/Performance
8:37 am
Wed March 9, 2011

The Kansas City Ballet presents "Giselle"

This weekend, the Kansas City Ballet presents "Giselle," an evening-length ballet about a peasant girl who falls in love with a nobleman in disguise.

KCUR's Laura Spencer talked to Artistic Director William Whitener, and dancers Kimberly Cowen and Geoffrey Kropp about the story of love, betrayal, death and forgiveness.

The Kansas City Ballet presents "Giselle"
March 10 - 13, 2011
Lyric Theatre
1029 Central (11th and Central)
Kansas City, Mo.

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Music
12:44 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Composer Maury Yeston on the Collaborative Process

Composer Maury Yeston with the score for "Tom Sawyer-A Ballet in Three Acts"
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Maury Yeston, the Tony-award winning composer for Broadway hits like "Nine" and "Titanic," is writing the music for the first production the Kansas City Ballet is staging at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It's a ballet called "Tom Sawyer" and was inspired, as you might guess, by Mark Twain's coming-of age story.

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Theater/Performance
11:32 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Kansas City Ballet Announces Season in Kauffman Center

The Kansas City Ballet presents "Tom Sawyer - A Ballet in Three Acts" in its inaugural season at the Kauffman Center.
courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet

The Kansas City Ballet is the first of the resident companies to announce its inaugural season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Kansas City, MO – When the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens in 2011, its three resident companies will include the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet.

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Performance
3:23 pm
Wed April 23, 2008

Romeo and Juliet Choreographer Ib Andersen

Danish dancer and choreographer Ib Andersen visited Kansas City recently to help stage the Kansas City Ballet's full-length production of Romeo and Juliet.

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