The Charlotte Ballet dancers take their places on the stage. But they are not alone. As the lights come up, it is former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky who stands beside them as the music begins.
CHRISTOPHER RECORD | Submitted Photo Anna Gerberich and Jordan Leeper, dancers with the Charlotte Ballet, perform in Dwight Rhoden’s “Peace
In 1946, acclaimed ballet choreographer George Balanchine found himself with a bit of spare pocket change. After weighing the potential of his possible expenditures, he approached composer Paul Hindemith and asked him to write a chamber score for the piano and strings. One month and $500 later, the celebrated ballet called “The Four Temperaments” was born, a perfect union of Hindemith’s scoring and Balanchine’s choreography.
This weekend marks the last opportunity for the community to enjoy the talents of Chautauqua’s student dancers before their season concludes. The second annual Student Gala, which features both workshop and festival students, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater.
All summer long, studios and stages throughout Chautauqua Institution have been graced by dancers moving through professional choreography.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, audiences will have the chance to witness the Charlotte Ballet push dance into an area of creative discomfort. The company hopes that they will metamorphose into the unexpected and the enlightened.
This weekend, the Chautauqua Inter-arts Collaboration will cram the spilled blood, soaring melodies, brutal battles and undying hope of 500 years of history and American-inspired artistic expression into a neatly packaged show.
Chautauqua Dance Associate Artistic Director Mark Diamond created three choreographies for the Go West! production. Diamond explains how the three dance pieces fit into the story of Go West!
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, the Charlotte Ballet will take the stage to pay homage to the iconic dance. With 10 separate pas de deux of all shapes and sizes, however, they are doing far more than just paying homage.
As the crickets nestled among the tall grass and the waters lapped along the bank of the lake, Morihiko Nakahara walked along the trail and settled back into the ebb and flow of Chautauqua’s rhythm.