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Nutcrackers! Sweet!: Ballet Quad Cities and RiverPointBallet Offer Two Takes on the Holiday Classic, December 12 and 13 PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Dance
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 07 December 2009 06:00

a scene from Ballet Quad Cities' 2008 production of The NutcrackerOn December 12 and 13, area audiences will have the opportunity to attend two separate productions of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker: one performed by the professional dancers of Ballet Quad Cities (plus a few local performers), one performed by the student performers of RiverPointBallet (plus a professional dancer). And Ballet Quad Cities' Executive Director Joedy Cook is up-front about a large part of the holiday favorite's appeal: "For all ballet companies, Nutcracker is what really helps pay their bills. Nutcracker is the one ballet that you can count on to get an audience."

Yet as Cook well knows, that's not the reason that audiences themselves flock to The Nutcracker year after year. "It's truly the most recognizable music in the world," she says, "and that's because it's magical. And The Nutcracker itself is magical. It's magic, it's dreamy ... it's 'Calgon! Take me away!'"

 
The Form and the Figures: Ballet QC’s "Romeo & Juliet in the 21st Century" & "Configurations" PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Dance
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 12 February 2009 11:38

Jake Lyon and Iona Newell in Romeo and Juliest in the 21st Century For choreographers, inspiration can sometimes come from a story, or a theme, or a series of dance moves. For Ballet Quad Cities' Margaret Huling, who makes her professional choreographic debut with the upcoming Configurations, it came from Tchaikovsky - specifically, the First Movement of the composer's Piano Trio in A Minor, Opus 50.

"I was kind of fighting with myself over what I wanted to do," says Huling, "and I kept coming back to the First Movement. It's music that really inspires me."

Yet choreographic inspiration can also come from the inspiration of others, as Ballet Quad Cities' Associate Director Courtney Lyon discovered in the course of re-staging original choreographer Johanne Jakhelln's Romeo & Juliet in the 21st Century.

 
A Good Second Wind: Domingo Rubio in Ballet Quad Cities’ "Coppélia," April 26 and 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 23 April 2008 02:24

Domingo Rubio in Ballet Quad Cities' DraculaDomingo Rubio, the Mexico City-based dancer currently performing with Ballet Quad Cities, is discussing his American breakthrough in 1999.

"I was with a Mexican company dancing in Los Angeles," he says, "and Gerald Arpino [artistic director of Chicago's Joffrey Ballet], he saw me dancing at my fullest. You know, I was doing big, big roles ... everything that you could do without fainting. And stuff choreographed by me - things that would suit myself. He saw those performances and wanted me for his company.

"So even though I was 33," he continues, "which is, you know, an age that you could quit, I started with Joffrey."

Thirty-three?

"It was like a good second wind," says Rubio. "I started late, and I've been catching up."

 
Ballet Under a Star: Ballet Quad Cities’ New Artistic Director, Steve Beirens PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 02:55

When Ballet Quad Cities Executive Director Joedy Cook was looking for a new artistic director earlier this year, she quickly rejected Steve Beirens.

"I would get all these résumés," says Cook of her search to replace Matthew Keefe, the company's artistic director for the 2006-7 season. "And I'd watch the DVDs they sent, and I would have all these little piles. And Steve went into this ‘no' pile."

 
Dance in the Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 02:46

 
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