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Ballet Beats

Ballet Beats

By The Ballet Herald
Tune in to hear the latest performance reviews and featured news about happenings in the ballet industry. Narrated by Editor-in-Chief Cherilyn J. Lee and guest artists, these stories from The Ballet Herald will be your source and entertainment on a relaxed day at home or when you're on the run.

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An Interview with Gavin Larsen: a Wordly Wise Ballerina
First time author and long time ballerina Gavin Larsen and I talk about some of her motives and processes behind writing her memoir - Being a Ballerina: The Power and Perfection of a Dancing Life. The book will be released on April 27, 2021 by University Press of Florida. To view photos and videos of Ms. Larsen and to read an excerpt from her book, please visit The Ballet Herald.
April 14, 2021
Jewels Brings Elegance, Sass, and Romance to Your Home (A San Francisco Ballet Review)
Did you know that George Balanchine's full-length ballet of Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds are tied together by their source of inspiration – a collection by Van Cleef & Arpels? Each echos the spirit and essence of the gem they represent and also serves as Balanchine’s demonstration of distinct styles of a broader ballet vernacular. To view images of San Francisco Ballet in Jewels, a trailer for the performance, and streaming information, please visit The Ballet Herald.
April 5, 2021
Reflections on Rep 4 (A Pacific Northwest Ballet Review)
Pacific Northwest Ballet's triple bill is nostalgic, sublime, and flirtatious. A true mixed program, with choreography by Donald Byrd, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Alexei Ratmansky, it has a bit of everything and maybe when you see a glimmer of your reflection on the screen, a bit of you. To view images of Pacific Northwest Ballet from this program, an excerpt from Cerrudo's Future Memory, and streaming information, please visit The Ballet Herald.
April 2, 2021
An Immersive and Surreal Dance Experience (A Texas Ballet Theater Review)
One part Night at the Museum and one part The Twilight Zone. Although some viewers might see The Poetry of Expression: Part I as a music video and sightseeing tour, this digital release is yet another example of how companies that have typically been tethered to a theater and the separated experience of viewing dance from the detached plane of the audience can use more immersive digital media to introduce their art to new audiences and provide their artists with new and imaginative modes of storytelling. To read the transcript of this episode and find streaming information, please visit The Ballet Herald.
April 1, 2021
The Power of a Collective Force (A Grand Rapids Ballet Review)
Grand Rapids Ballet's Collective Force is a program in which the imaginative visions of the creators, the physical athleticism of the artists, and the overriding strength of many pieces come together to make a stronger whole. To read the transcript of this episode and find information, please visit The Ballet Herald.
March 27, 2021
A Cornucopia of Classical Ballet (A Boston Ballet Review)
From the well-known to the more obscure, Boston Ballet's The Art of Classical Ballet curated by Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen exposes and educates the audience about classical ballet. To view images of Boston Ballet in this program's works, a short teaser video, and ticket information, please visit The Ballet Herald.
March 26, 2021
A Ratmansky Celebration: An American Ballet Theatre Review
A Ratmansky Celebration was captured live from City Center, although to an empty house. It features excerpts from Alexei Ratmansky's The Sleeping Beauty (Rose Adagio), Seven Sonatas, and The Four Seasons (Summer pas de deux), as well as the premiere of Bernstein in a Bubble. To view images of ABT in this program's works, a trailer for the event, and ticket information, please visit The Ballet Herald.
March 25, 2021
Going to the Edge
For most dancers, going to the edge artistically means throwing caution to the wind and becoming totally and unapologetically vulnerable. It demands reaching down into the inner depths of your soul, the dancer, grabbing onto that thing that has sustained you through your career, lighting it on fire, and watching it burn. To learn about Willie - the educator, choreographer, performer, and inspirational author of this episode - and to read more opinion pieces from professionals in the dance industry, please visit The Ballet Herald.
March 24, 2021
Signature Series is a Capture of Artistic Investment: A Tulsa Ballet Review
During the past twelve months, very few arts organizations in the world can lay claim to a consistent and continuous performance season. Tulsa Ballet is part of this elite group that has successfully presented live shows to audiences, albeit small ones. They have also continued to offer a digital companion to those who cannot make it to the theatre whether for health or distance reasons, surely a trend that will stick for the foreseeable future. This year's Signature Series featuring works by Andrew McNicol, Yury Yanowksy, and Jennifer Archibald so wholly exemplifies the company's continued excellence.  To view images of Tulsa Ballet in this program's works, a preview of What If?, and ticket information, please visit The Ballet Herald.
March 7, 2021
Examining the Spectrum of Energy: A Ballet Arizona Review
The energy that the title of Ballet Arizona's digital program references is both understated and amplified in the two works presented; The Sleeping Beauty conveys the more conservative spirit of tradition while Abrazo is a physical expression of vitality. To find streaming information for Ballet Arizona's ENERGY program, please visit The Ballet Herald.
March 6, 2021
Pursuit of the Perfect Ballet Body
Many students and professionals suffer from ballet body image issues in their endeavors to achieve the "perfect" look - whatever that even means. Unfortunately, this is not a fleeting struggle but one that often lasts a lifetime.   To learn about Cherilyn, the author of this editorial, and to read more opinion pieces from professionals in the dance industry, please visit The Ballet Herald.
March 2, 2021
Charisma and Chiaroscuro: A Sarasota Ballet Review
The pairing of Donizetti Variations and Amorosa will make you fall in love with ballet for its grace, athleticism, drama, and pure beauty. And as has been proven throughout this non-traditional season, Sarasota Ballet has once again seized on the opportunity to show the world beyond their municipal boundaries that they deserve their spot on the ballet map.  To view images of Sarasota Ballet in this program's works, a preview of Donizetti Variations and Amorosa, and streaming information please visit The Ballet Herald.
February 27, 2021
Must Love Elo: A Boston Ballet Review
The program Celebrating Jorma Elo is a culmination of fifteen years of Elo’s work being performed by Boston Ballet. And at an hour and a half, with eleven different pieces featured, the price of the program is worth every penny. To view images of Boston Ballet in some of Jorma Elo's works, a preview of the BB@yourhome season, and streaming information please visit The Ballet Herald.
February 26, 2021
The Untold Story of Marta Cinta, the Ballerina with Alzheimer's
I read an article in the Spanish newspaper El Español and felt that this story needs to be told in English. The original article was written by Jaime Susanna and I admire and praise the investigative journalism done in regards to this story. After a video by the organization Música Para Despertar went viral, many questions were raised about who the ballerina with Alzheimer's really is. We first published this story on November 15, 2020. To view archival images, inspired artwork, and the video that sparked attention around the globe, please visit The Ballet Herald.
February 24, 2021