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Author Archive | Carolyn Kelemen

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Review: ‘Forever Balanchine Farewell Performances’ at The Kennedy Center

It was bittersweet last evening when The Suzanne Farrell Ballet performed the Forever Balanchine Farewell at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. Sweet because the muse of dance master George Balanchine understands how to showcase his works with dignity and grace. Bitter because it’s unclear who will carry on Mr. B’s legacy in the loving ways that Farrell […]

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Review: Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project Performance of ‘EroSpace’ and ‘When Snails Collide’ at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

It’s often difficult to shake off the pre-conceived notions and expectations of what a particular dance concert is going to be like. I am not exactly clear on what I expected with from EroSpace and When Snails Collide on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage last night, but I came away with the feeling that my senses […]

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Review: ‘New York City Ballet: Works by Balanchine, Peck, and Ratmansky’ at The Kennedy Center

Last evening’s ballet concert at The Kennedy Center was one of those magical evenings of dance. Sipping champagne and not talking politics, balletomanes gathered on the sprawling deck that surrounds the Center’s Opera House before, during, and after the New York City Ballet unveiled Program A in its much too short residency through the weekend. As […]

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Review: ‘Little Women: The Musical’ at Third Wall Productions

Mother’s Day afternoon was spent in a Baltimore church basement where we gathered for the musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale, Little Women. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else, as Third Wall Productions (“TWP”) offers a delightful divertissement from those “Hallmark” family gatherings that have become so much a […]

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Review: Ballet Across America Showcases a New Day in Dance at The Kennedy Center

Since its debut in 2008, The Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America series continues to showcase the best of ballet from regional companies across the nation. This fourth time around, there are the added elements of athleticism, those thrilling moves that American dancers do so well, plus diversity, social consciousness and definitely edginess, curated by two […]

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Review: ‘Faun’ at The Next Ice Age

The Columbia Figure Skating Club put on its annual spring show at the Columbia Ice Rink last Saturday and Sunday. The theme this year was Sing into Spring with two distinct parts. The first part involved kids skating excerpts from Disney’s Moana, choreographed by founding director Pat Muth. The second part of the show, entitled […]

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Howard County Community Dance Festival Tomorrow and Sunday Events

Dance Pros Will Chase Away the Winter Blahs For local aficionados who cherish those rare professional dance appearances in Columbia, note two unique concerts this weekend. Misako Ballet Company celebrates its 10th anniversary in a multi-facet retrospective program featuring guest artists from Japan this Sunday afternoon at the Jim Rouse Theater Sunday. Another local highlight will […]

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Review: Mariinsky Ballet’s ‘The Little Humpbacked Horse’ at The Kennedy Center

Movement and merriment abound in Mariinsky’s The Little Humpbacked Horse Restraint and sutlety are generally not traits associated with Russian comedy ballet, and that proved true last evening at The Kennedy Center when the Mariinsky Ballet performed an “over the moon” rendition of The Little Humpbacked Horse. For the record there was a cool moonlit backdrop […]

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Review: ‘The Zero Hour’ at Iron Crow Theatre

Madeleine George asks a lot of questions in her award-winning 2011 play, The Zero Hour at The Baltimore’s Theatre Project through the weekend. How do you tell the truth about yourself when that truth might devastate the people you love? Should you answer that phone call during an intimate moment in a relationship that demands […]

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‘Dancing for Divas: A Labor of Love’ Benefit at Howard Community College TONIGHT, Saturday, October 22nd at 8pm

The Bald Ballerina stages a dance in the name of Love Her many Howard County supporters would probably be pleased if Maggie Kurdirka, The Bald Ballerina, merely walked on stage and posed in her gorgeous arabesque at Saturday night’s Dancing for Divas, A Labor Love benefit concert at Howard Community College in Columbia. Ballet fans […]

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Dance Preview: Misako Ballet Reflects Asian Culture

It’s very quiet – quite lovely, in fact – in the upstairs studio where visiting guest artist Fumihito Shimizu is rehearsing the Misako Ballet Company and guest dancers from Tokyo for a special one-time-only presentation of Water Flow this Saturday evening at the Convergence Art Center in Alexandria. How strange it feels to be climbing these […]

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Dance Preview: Misako Ballet Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Classical ballet director Misako Aoki began her dance training in her native Japan where she later received a scholarship to study at the Royal Ballet School in London. From there she joined the Matsuyama Ballet Company and performed in Europe and China with Rudolf Nureyev, among other famous dancers. Modern dance director Eva Anderson was […]

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