Archive for January, 2014

Jan
13

Studio Highlight: Ballet Hawaii

Our last studio highlight of the Nutcracker season is for Ballet Hawaii. While the storyline is traditional for Ballet Hawaii’s version of the Nutcracker, they are sure to bring lots of entertainment with a plethora of guests both from the ballet world and from outside of it. Ballet Hawaii brings in ballet superstars from New York City Ballet like Meghan Fairchild, Joaquin De Luz, Andrew Veyette, Amar Ramasar and Sterling Hyltin, and Carolina Ballet’s Lilyan Vigo Ellis and Timour Bourtasenkov. They also brings in a few noteworthy alumni like Amanda Schull known best in the dance world for her work with San Francisco Ballet and Centre Stage as well as Australian Ballet’s Steven Heathcote, Twyla Tharpe Dance veteran John Selya, Rick Hoffman, star of the USA Network hit series “Suits,” and star of the stage and screen, Martin Harvey.

Ballet Hawaii’s production is unique in their risk of using the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky’s magical Nutcracker score live.

“Every performance of Nutcracker is slightly different,” said Maestra Ann Krinitsky, conductor, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. “The magic of live dance accompanied by live music keeps everyone on their toes, literally and figuratively, and for us, feeling the audience’s reaction is key to how any given performance will go. It’s this interaction, the indefinable combination of the performers’ thorough preparation, artistry and spontaneity, and the audience’s reception, that makes every performance fresh and new. I trust our amazing musicians implicitly, and the quality of their playing is always extraordinary. The dancing is spectacular. Every show is thrilling.”

Be sure to keep an eye out for their 2014 production of the Nutcracker. I’m sure they’ll have something new and exciting for the audience in store.

Jan
07

Happy New Year!

It’s 2014! How was your holiday? We were busier than ever helping out with different Nutcrackers and sending out gifts! We felt a little bit like Santa’s elves to be honest! Enjoy pictures from our holiday “break”:

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