Archive for July, 2012


Nevada Ballet Theatre is set to begin its 2012-2013 season in bedazzling style: joined by Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet West, the company will perform George Balanchine’s “Jewels” at the Smith Center on October 13 and 14.

Comprising three movements, one each for emeralds, rubies and diamonds (and named accordingly), Balanchine’s work is a truly classical neo-classical piece if there ever was one. Ballet West will be taking on “Emeralds,” the first movement, with NBT undertaking “Rubies” and PNB tackling “Diamonds.”

And, to crown a show featuring three vibrant companies with a history of collaborating with one another, the performance will be set to live music. The performance will – appropriately – be set in the lovely jewel box that is Reynolds Hall.

If you’re interested in seeing the show, call the Smith Center Box Office at 702-749-2000 or click here. Season subscribers can purchase tickets now; single tickets can be purchased beginning Aug. 16. “Jewels” will be performed Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 14 at 1 p.m. at Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets ring in at $35-$128, plus fees.

Kenny Ortega, one of the creative brains behinds the Michael Jackson movie “This Is It,” the “High School Musical” series, and the original “Dirty Dancing,” broke difficult news to some of his biggest fans. And they weren’t just fans: they composed what was, until a few days ago, the cast of a remake of “Dirty Dancing,” a truly classic dance film if there ever was one. Lionsgate had decided to postpone the project, and, for the cast and creative team alike, a new reality needed to be addressed.

Ben Toth, a vocal coach, composer and musical director, wrote a great little piece about the moment when the dancers found out they didn’t need to come to rehearsal the next day – he was a vocal coach for the film and was on hand when Ortega made the announcement – and the immediate aftermath. The biggest takeaway? Dance it out. If you’re in this business, and even if you were just informed that a dream job has evaporated, it will probably make you feel better.

For the rest of the story, visit the Huffington Post page.

TEDTalks have become something of a cultural meme, seeming to be a mix of motivational speaking, new ideas and those oddly addictive cat videos. So what could go wrong when they bring dancers and aerialists into the mix? Below is a video called “Quixotic,” a lovely exploration of dance, aerial acro, theater, film, music and light. Check it out!

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