April 17, 1995 |
Southland balletomanes first saw Damian Woetzel back in 1983, when he was a 15-year-old Hollywood High senior and the big news in Los Angeles Ballet's 10th anniversary season at the Pantages and John Anson Ford theaters. Woetzel danced Balanchine's "Tarantella," Bournonville's "Flower Festival" pas de deux and other works before he left the company at the end of 1984--the last full year of Los Angeles Ballet's existence.
October 21, 1986 |
The final two programs presented by New York City Ballet in the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Sunday afternoon and evening offered no unfamiliar repertory--but they did demonstrate the extreme interpretative freedom enjoyed by the major dancers of the company. In "Who Cares?," for instance, "The Man I Love" had previously served as an electric tour de force for Patricia McBride--but, Sunday afternoon, Darci Kistler refused to apply any force whatsoever.
June 21, 2008 |
Damian Woetzel has danced with the New York City Ballet to continual acclaim for 23 years, 19 of them as a principal. Wednesday night, at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater, the 41-year-old gave his farewell performance with the company, thus taking a decisive next step into his future. Not, however, before his colleagues and fans treated him to ovations, bouquets and a shower of confetti.
October 1, 2004 |
Because it reflects nearly every facet of Euro-American ballet classicism -- every major epoch and style in the development of the art -- choreographer George Balanchine's full-evening "Jewels" has become a showpiece that major companies covet to display their prowess and plenitude.
June 15, 2008 |
For HALF an hour on a late May afternoon, Damian Woetzel had the New York State Theater stage to himself. Although odd noises emerged from the wings as stagehands went about their business, Woetzel, in a T-shirt and stretch pants, focused intently on the Chopin selections being played by pianist Cameron Grant as the dancer rehearsed three solos choreographed by Jerome Robbins, two of them from 1969's "Dances at a Gathering."
February 3, 1989 |
Former Los Angeles Ballet principal dancer Damian Woetzel, 21, who has been a member of the corps of the New York City Ballet for three years, has been promoted to soloist with the company. "I'm very excited and hopeful for the future," Woetzel said Thursday. "There's a lot of roles opening up for young dancers and I hope to be a part of it."