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Star-crossed Lovin': Ballet Quad Cities' "Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet," February 27 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-03-02 12:00:00

Patrick Green and Jill Schwartz in Love Stories featuring Romeo & JulietChoreographer Courtney Lyon outdid herself for Ballet Quad Cities’ Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet. This piece, presented in two acts, enraptured me during Friday’s performance, and it was beautifully bizarre – and I mean “bizarre” as a positive, as the moves, lines, and compositions Lyon created for each scene were often stunning and always interesting, eliciting from me multiple gasps of appreciation.


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"Coffee" First, Tragedy After: Ballet Quad Cities' "Carmen," February 14 and 15 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: News/Features

Category: Dance

2014-02-18 12:00:00

Patrick Green and Jill Schwartz in Ballet Quad Cities' CarmenAfter two years of Love Stories for its Valentine’s Day production, Ballet Quad Cities changed things up this year by presenting Carmen, the story of a commanding woman who does what she pleases with men she fleetingly fancies. As with Love Stories, though, there was more than one piece performed this past weekend, with choreographer Margaret Huling’s “Black Coffee” – a jaunty, jazzy number also featured in last year’s Love Stories: Love on the Run – making up the first portion of the evening’s entertainment.


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Fangtastic: Ballet Quad Cities' "Dracula"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: News/Features

Category: Dance

2013-10-14 12:00:00

Domingo Rubio in 2012's DraculaDomingo Rubio left no doubt that his Count Dracula was in charge during Friday’s performance of Ballet Quad Cities’ Dracula at Moline's Scottish Rite Cathedral. (The production ended its two-night run on Saturday.) From his bat-like entrance – with the dancer slowly flapping his black cape from front to back as he made his way through the darkened auditorium – to his death, Rubio’s Dracula never seemed controlled by anyone, and that included choreographer Deanna Carter. Rubio gave the impression that his Dracula wasn’t moving because Carter gave him predetermined choreography, but because it was the way he wanted to move.


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Glass (Ballet) Slippers: Ballet Quad Cities' "Cinderella" at the Adler Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: News/Features

Category: Dance

2013-04-22 12:00:00

Ballet Quad Cities' CinderellaThere were two particular elements that made Ballet Quad Cities’ Cinderella (which ran for two Adler Theatre performances on April 20) especially watchable beyond Courtney Lyon’s exquisite choreography: clear storytelling, and humor. Not at one moment during Saturday evening’s performance did I find it hard to figure out which part of the fairytale was being depicted in dance, even down to the details of what specific characters were doing and feeling at all times.


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Hoofin' It: Ballet Quad Cities' "Love Stories: Love on the Run," at the Scottish Rite Cathedral
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: News/Features

Category: Dance

2013-02-18 12:00:00

Ballet Quad Cities' Love Stories: Love on the RunWhile bearing the same title as 2012's Valentine’s Day-themed performance, Ballet Quad Cities’ 2013 Love Stories: Love on the Run – held on February 16 – offered several new short pieces along with “Newsflash,” one of my favorites from last year’s presentation. And Saturday night’s entertainment delivered a mixture of sensuality, flirtatiousness, and exquisite beauty, culminating in a romantic experience that left me doe-eyed with emotions linked to love.


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