March 8, 2013 |
This story has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Colleen Neary will never forget the day when George Balanchine articulated the blueprint for her life's work. She was in her early 20s, then a respected New York City Ballet dancer. "He put me in to teach company class," she says. "He said to me, 'This is what you will do in the future.' I said I wanted to dance, but he said, 'You won't dance forever. You will teach dancers my ballets. " Fast forward to 2013, to a rehearsal of Balanchine's 1941 "Concerto Barocco" at the Westside headquarters of Los Angeles Ballet.
May 9, 2010 |
Three couples are negotiating a series of head-to-head moves, rapid-fire turns and daring leaps to cranked-up tango music of Astor Piazzolla. At first glance they could be contestants in a postmodern dance marathon. In reality, they are rehearsing a new piece for Los Angeles Ballet's final program of its fourth season. The beneficent task mistress calling the shots is choreographer Sonya Tayeh, the heavily tattooed 33-year-old known for her work on Fox's hit television show "So You Think You Can Dance."
February 28, 2010 |
The After-School All-Stars — a tax-exempt group founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the early 1990s to provide tutoring, recreation and other programs for poor children — has now grown to provide after-school programs for 81,000 middle and high school students at 450 campuses around the country. And Schwarzenegger continues to support the organization. Speaking at the Feb. 18 "Reaching for the Stars" gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, he said, "I will always be part of raising the money … organizing and helping the committee and promoting it nationwide."
February 21, 2010
I spent a recent rainy afternoon watching the Los Angeles Ballet rehearse "Balanchine -- See the Music, Hear the Dance." It was a privilege to observe these artists up close in their rehearsal studio in West L.A. I could feel the energy in the room the minute I arrived. The program, led by artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, will be performed at various locations through March 6. www.losangelesballet.org -- Paul Rogers
November 16, 2008 |
"She's a snake," says former ballerina Yvonne Mounsey, describing the Siren in George Balanchine's 1929 ballet "Prodigal Son," a role that ranks as classical ballet's most fearsome dominatrix. In 1950, Balanchine restaged the work for New York City Ballet and cast Mounsey as the cool man-crusher he had created in retelling the New Testament parable about an errant youth. She was an early version of a female archetype he would return to again and again. "The Siren is an evil, alluring seductress.
August 31, 2007 |
As Los Angeles Ballet moves into its second season, it has announced that the mostly Balanchine repertoire of its inaugural year will expand to include new works by three Southern California choreographers.