William Whitener

Performance
5:34 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

[VIDEO] Five Questions For Kansas City Ballet’s William Whitener

Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director William Whitener
Julie Denesha KCUR

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.

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Up To Date
9:35 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

William Whitener: Taking A Final KC Bow

Artistic Director William Whitener takes a final turn on the Kauffman stage during rehearsals.
Julie Denesha KCUR

William Whitener became Artistic Director of the Kansas City Ballet in 1996.  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 now prepares to leave the Ballet and embark on yet another chapter in his remarkable career.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

[VIDEO] Developing Character Through Dance

Dancers Tempe Ostergren and Anthony Krutzkamp play the King and Queen of the Fairies in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'
Julie Denesha KCUR

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.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

[VIDEO] The Pounding Rhythms Of 'Carmina Burana' Open The Kansas City Ballet Season

Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana” is based on Medieval poems about love, drinking, and spirituality – some bawdy and irreverent.

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Dance
10:00 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Kansas City Ballet's Artistic Director Changes Steps In 2013

Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director William Whitener
courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet

The Kansas City Ballet announced late Friday that longtime artistic director William Whitener will step down at the end of the 2012-2013 season

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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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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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