Romantic ballet

Romantic ballet: an ethereal art anchored in the material world

The tulle skirts associated with the ballet of the romantic era were introduced in “Le ballet des nonnes” in Act III of Meyerbeer’s opera Robert the devil, premiered at the Paris Opera in 1831. With their themes of love, loss and longing for spiritual transcendence – not to mention their iconic white tulle costumes – […]

Contemporary ballet

Transformative Contemporary Ballet Company pursues Bell Works vision of cultural innovation

Bell Works of Holmdel, New Jersey – a once-ruined megastructure spanning over 472 acres and the brainchild of Eero Saarinen, the iconic architect who designed DC’s Dulles Airport and iconic St. Louis Arch, is experiencing a resounding rebirth as “The Metroburb” – a metropolis bringing urban life to the suburbs. Over the past few years, […]

Contemporary ballet

American contemporary ballet steps into glamor with “Astaire Dances III” performances

Josh Brown and Cara Hansvick dance “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” Photo: Mary Joyce For its latest performance, the American Contemporary Ballet of Los Angeles revisits the glamor of Fred Astaire’s jazz-infused choreography with costumes to complete the recreation of magical moves. “It’s wonderful and special to see a man dressed to perfection […]