Remembering the Virtuoso
Three more Balanchine masterworks, with music by Ravel and Stravinsky; film clips of Balanchine's Hollywood movie choreography; preperformance discussions with a lineup of former New York City Ballet stars, L.A. dance critics and historians; and a roster of gorgeous dancers -- it's all part of Los Angeles Ballet's Balanchine Red, the second half of its Balanchine festival celebrating the most important and influential choreographer of the 20th century. LAB co-artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary both danced with Balanchine's NYCB, and Balanchine personally selected Neary to stage his ballets, which she has continued to do for U.S. and international companies. Go to LosAngelesBallet.org for information on the roster of preperformance Balanchine Talks, as well as information and rehearsal clips of the three ballets: the atmospheric La Valse, the always cutting-edge Agon and the sparkling, effervescent "Rubies" section of the full-length Jewels. After last week's opening in Redondo Beach, the festival continues at the company's four other home theaters in Long Beach, Northridge, Glendale and Westwood in the coming weeks, making Balanchine a short drive for almost everyone. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach; Sat., May 18, 7:30 p.m.; $24-$95. (310) 937-6607, losangelesballet.org. (Also at Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; Sat., May 25, 7:30 p.m.; at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; Sun., May 26, 2 p.m.; and at UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Wstwd.; Sun., June 9, 2 p.m.)
Sat., May 18, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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