Ballet http://tpr.org en Ballet San Antonio's High Profile Hire http://tpr.org/post/ballet-san-antonios-high-profile-hire <p>Ballet San Antonio has hired a high-visibility retiring dancer with the objective of continuing to elevate the ballet.</p><p>“We are so thrilled to bring on a new artistic staff member: Amy Fote," said Ballet San Antonio Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche. "She’s coming to us as a retired principal dancer from Houston Ballet.”</p><p>I asked Zertuche about her job responsibilities.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:09:46 +0000 Jack Morgan 35424 at http://tpr.org Ballet San Antonio's High Profile Hire Ballet Latino De San Antonio Dances To An International Rhythm http://tpr.org/post/ballet-latino-de-san-antonio-dances-international-rhythm <p>San Antonio has recently gained another ballet company. It’s called Ballet Latino de San Antonio.</p><p>"This is a neo-classical company that fuses classical ballet with Latin rhythm," said Mayra Worthen, who is the founder and artistic director.</p><p>“We present the classic movement, but with the Latin flavors and music," she said. "Now, that’s not all we do, but that is the style. It’s all over the place, as far as the music goes, but most of it has the Latin rhythm to it.”</p><p>I asked her to tell me about her company.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:20:17 +0000 Jack Morgan 34638 at http://tpr.org Bolshoi Director Makes First U.S. Visit Since Acid Attack http://tpr.org/post/bolshoi-director-makes-first-us-visit-acid-attack <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdahDCp5uww</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:36:57 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 29931 at http://tpr.org Bolshoi Director Makes First U.S. Visit Since Acid Attack This Weekend, Ballet San Antonio Pirouettes In Travis Park http://tpr.org/post/weekend-ballet-san-antonio-pirouettes-travis-park <p></p><p>Ballet San Antonio has been taking their dancers out of the halls for public performances recently. I caught up with Ballet San Antonio's President Courtney Barker to find out where they’re headed next, which is downtown’s newly-renovated Travis Park.</p><p>“It looks incredible, they did a beautiful job,” she said about Travis Park.</p><p>I asked Barker where the dancing itself will take place.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:02:27 +0000 Jack Morgan 29415 at http://tpr.org This Weekend, Ballet San Antonio Pirouettes In Travis Park From Ballet To Author: An Unusual Path http://tpr.org/post/ballet-author-unusual-path <p>A first-time author is coming to the San Antonio Book Festival next month, and I came to find that his back story is as fascinating as the book he’s written. Meet Mario Alberto Zambrano, whose novel-writing career began on the stage.</p><p>“I was a dancer for a very long time. I never read as a kid and I never wrote short stories…”</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Being an author is </span>Zambrano's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> second life, after retiring from an international career as a ballet dancer, he began writing. Surprisingly his first novel was picked up.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:05:31 +0000 Jack Morgan 28295 at http://tpr.org From Ballet To Author: An Unusual Path Ballet San Antonio Steps Away From The Barre And Into A Pop-Up Performance http://tpr.org/post/ballet-san-antonio-steps-away-barre-and-pop-performance <p>Ballet San Antonio isn’t quite taking it to the streets, but they are close. They're doing what they call a "pop-up" performance.</p><p>“For us a pop-up performance is a spontaneous performance in a non-traditional venue," said Ballet San Antonio's President and Executive Director Courtney Barker.</p><p>They’re holding a near-spontaneous performance at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Radius building on Auditorium Circle downtown.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:42:46 +0000 Jack Morgan 27746 at http://tpr.org Ballet San Antonio Steps Away From The Barre And Into A Pop-Up Performance Ballet San Antonio Takes On Stravinsky Classic 'The Firebird' http://tpr.org/post/ballet-san-antonio-takes-stravinsky-classic-firebird <p>A ballet classic is opening soon, and Ballet San Antonio is presenting it. If you don’t know the story behind Igor Stravinsky’s "The Firebird," Ballet San Antonio President and CEO Courtney Barker explains its premise, starting with Prince Ivan.</p><p>“He goes on a journey to seek and win the heart of a princess," she said. "On his journey he meets a glowing, magical bird that protects him through the journey. And we have monsters that come out, and those are played by ten of our male dancers.”</p><p>The firebird protects our pirouetting protagonist in his search for his princess.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:55:30 +0000 Jack Morgan 25979 at http://tpr.org Ballet San Antonio Takes On Stravinsky Classic 'The Firebird' Moscow Ballet Presents 'The Nutcracker' For A Local Cause http://tpr.org/post/moscow-ballet-presents-nutcracker-local-cause <p>If you’ve been meaning to, but haven't quite got around to seeing "The Nutcracker" this year, you’ve got one more chance at the Majestic Theatre<strong>. </strong>The Moscow Ballet returns to San Antonio to perform the ballet on Monday night.</p><p>"It’s more than my job, it’s my life," said the ballet’s Natalie Miroshnyk, who is also the audition director that chose the San Antonio children who perform parts with the Moscow Ballet in the production.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:33:02 +0000 Jack Morgan 24197 at http://tpr.org Moscow Ballet Presents 'The Nutcracker' For A Local Cause Symphony And Ballet Present Christmas Staple, "The Nutcracker" http://tpr.org/post/symphony-and-ballet-present-christmas-staple-nutcracker <p>"The Nutcracker" is now an American Christmas tradition, but when <span>Pyotr Ilyich </span>Tchaikovsky debuted the work in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, it wasn't a success. San Antonio Symphony’s Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto explains.</p><p>"You have to understand, until Tchaikovsky came along, ballet music was just ballet music," Fujimoto said. "It wasn’t appreciated for its own good, and Tchaikovsky single-handedly did that."</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:33:16 +0000 Jack Morgan 22662 at http://tpr.org Symphony And Ballet Present Christmas Staple, "The Nutcracker" A "Happily Ever After" Opening To Ballet San Antonio Season http://tpr.org/post/happily-ever-after-opening-ballet-san-antonio-season <p>Ballet San Antonio is gearing up for their move into the Tobin next year, but first, there's this season.</p><p>"We start with Ben Stevenson’s 'Cinderella' and from there we go into 'The Nutcracker' with the San Antonio Symphony," says Ballet San Antonio’s Executive Director Courtney Barker. "We’re going to be having 'Firebird,' which is an exciting ballet with some mixed repertoire of contemporary works. And then finally we’re going to be doing a free community performance at La Villita."</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:42:48 +0000 Jack Morgan 18786 at http://tpr.org A "Happily Ever After" Opening To Ballet San Antonio Season