Author Archive | Colleen Sproull

Graham Pilato and Marion . Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’ at Catholic University by Colleen Sproull

It is with great pleasure that I write this review. Catholic University’s production of Ken Ludwig‘s Shakespeare in Hollywood is professional, outrageously funny, and brimming with voracious talent. Wittingly directed by Jay D. Brock, it’s full of hysterical physical comedy, a hefty helping of Shakespeare sonnets, and countless charming innuendos. The pace is perfect, keeping right […]

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NYCB dancer Dana Jacobson soars in Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

‘New York City Ballet Program A’ at The Kennedy Center by Colleen Sproull

A full house at the gorgeous Kennedy Center Opera House anxiously awaited the opening of New York City Ballet Program A tonight. Tchaikovsky’s unbeatable score, played triumphantly by New York City Orchestra with guest conductor David LaMarche, is paralleled only by the fascinating, intricately complicated choreography of George Balanchine, (after Lev Ivanov for Swan Lake), […]

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Maki Onuki as Cinderella. Photo by Brianne Bland.

‘Cinderella’ at The Washington Ballet at The Kennedy Center by Colleen Sproull

The Washington Ballet’s production of Cinderella at the Kennedy Center is fun for the whole family. All the elements of storytelling combine, with incredibly impressive scenic design by James Kronzer and lighting by Tony Tucci, ravishing costumes by Judanna Lynn, and playfully intricate choreography by Artistic Director Septime Webre to the noteworthy music of Sergei […]

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'Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me.' Photo by Tilo Stenge.

‘Passion’ by GöteborgsOperans Danskompani at Nordic Cool 2013 at The Kennedy Center by Colleen Sproull

Passion, as performed by the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, transformed the Eisenhower Theatre at The Kennedy Center as part of Nordic Cool 2013. An amazing performance well worth your while features impressive choreography exquisitely performed by some of the world’s most talented dancers under the artistic direction of Adolphe Binder. Impressively, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani consists of 38 dancers […]

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 'Wavelength': Henrikki Heikkilä and Sini Länsivuori. Photo by Luigi Angelucci.

Photo by Luigi Angelucci.

Tero Saarinen Company at Nordic Cool 2013 at The Kennedy Center by Colleen Sproull

Tero Saarinen Company‘s completely sold-out performance for Nordic Cool 2013 at The Kennedy Center was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. With artistic direction, choreography, and a thrilling performance by Tero Saarinen himself, this entire performance was incredible. It raises the question, “Are we in such a digital age that we do not connect with each […]

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Photo by Stan Peters.

‘Soul Encounters: Flamenco Meets Jazz’ at INTERSECTIONS at Atlas by Colleen Sproull

Watching Soul Encounters: Flamenco Meets Jazz featuring the dancers of Furia Flamenca and music performed by the jazz trio Unit Three was an enjoyable way to spend my Sunday. The fusion of flamenco and live jazz was an generous outpouring of spontaneous, sustainable energy that the crowd enthusiastically enjoyed. Unit Three includes pianist and composer […]

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Amy Scaringe, Incidence. Photo by Paul Gillis.

Jane Franklin Dance at INTERSECTIONS at Atlas by Colleen Sproull

Jane Franklin Dance lit up the Kogod Lobby, as the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival continued this evening with Young Professionals Happy Hour and more performances in the theatres. The fiery company of dancers for the event featured Wayles Haynes, Lauren Christie, Amy Scaringe, and Katie Tuebner dressed in energetic orange and red, and beautifully intricate choreography […]

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‘Voice(s)’ by DancEthos at INTERSECTIONS at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Colleen Sproull

The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival continued its mission of “creating connection through innovative art” today with Voice(s) by DancEthos. For a refreshing twist in the contemporary dance world, DancEthos paired up with talented musical artists The West Shore Piano Trio, Euphonism, and Pauline Pisano and we were treated to live music onstage with the dancers. Printed […]

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Gisli Orn Gardarsson (Gregor Samsa). Photo by

‘Metamorphosis’ at Nordic Cool 2013 at The Kennedy Center by Colleen Sproull

Metamorphosis: The transformation from one form to another. This is the core of the thought-provoking dark comedy Metamorphosis written by Franz Kafka. Gregor Samsa (Gísli Örn Gardarsson) wakes one fateful morning to find he has completely changed shape, from a hard working, breadwinning, family-oriented son into a being (seemingly an insect like a cockroach) that […]

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‘Cartas de las Golondrinas (Letters from the Swallows)’ at Teatro de la Luna by Colleeen Sproull

This was my first experience with Teatro de la Luna, which now celebrates its 15th year, and after tonight’s stunning performance by Noelia Fernández and Esther Aja in Cartas de las Golondrinas (Letters from the Swallows), I will absolutely return.  Impressively written and directed by Blanca del Barrio, this original piece was creative, thought-provoking, emotional, and […]

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