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Crossroads Ballet Festival

URL: http://www.crossroadsballet.org

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At the Spencer Theatre - (north side of UMKC campus, theater of The Rep)

Matthew Powell is the artistice director for this, the first Crossroads Ballet Festival. This is what happens when top dance professionals get together and decide to put on a show, and more, decide to promote ballet in the midlands. Matthew is the artistic director for this, the first CBF. But this is more than a concert, it is a mission and a passion. And a new dance organization in this area, a cooperative really, devoted to spreading ballet.

This show was packed tonight (Friday) and will no doubt be packed tomorrow (Saturday) (note, saturday was also full). Spencer Theatre - usually used for plays at The Rep - proved to be a perfect pick. Every seat was good.

Robust and high spirited, Crossroads Ballet Festival is a show of and by and for friends, fellow dancer friends, fellow friends of ballet and future friends of ballet. And it is friends pulling for friends. The attitude all around was fresh and enthusiastic.

Last night, in dress rehearsal there were still tons of items to clear up - technical glitches. It looked like it could have used another night for preparations, but tonight, I didn't see those glitches. There were a couple of small moments, with a couple of new errors, but not enough to mention by themselves. This is the kind of curative you get when buddies work for buddies. This did not have a company feel and so it was interesting to me to see how this would work.

Jennifer Tierney and Charles Martin in El quinto Miembre - choreo by Chelsea Wilcox, a lush ballet to salsa music with three couples - Crossroads Ballet Dress rehearsal in Spencer Theater PAC UMKC 10 July 2008 - Photo, Copyright 2008 Mike Strong www.kcdance.com
Jennifer Tierney and Charles Martin in "El quinto Miembro" choreo by Chelsea Wilcox a ballet to salsa music with three couples

It is a smorgasborg of classic standards mixed with new, special choreography, some of it just for this show. In some cases mixing ballet with salsa, to the exquisite elevation of both. Chelsea Wilcox's "El Quinto Miembro" was a lush mix of salsa music by Pink Martini and ballet couples.

Karen (Jennifer Tierney) dies on the steps in The Red Shoes ballet, Choreo by Matthew Powell in the Crossroads Ballet
Karen (Jennifer Tierney) dies on the steps in "The Red Shoes" ballet, Choreo by Matthew Powell

The "Red Shoes" is a new version of The Red Shoes ballet, originally setup as a show within a show. Powell has changed the story somewhat but this is still about magical shoes which make the character dance, first to her delight and then, unable to stop them or remove the shoes, they dance her to her death. In this case he throws in a carnival load of friends and a set of prostitutes portrayed with melodramatic relish. The fiendish shoemaker, portrayed by Charles Martin (KCB dancer), uses the shoes he makes to setup Karen for attack and rape. Karen's rape is carried out behind a moving screen of cloth, carried across the stage by the prostitutes, hiding Karen and the Shoemaker from view. The closing brings another young woman looking longingly at another pair of red shoes on display as the shoemaker lurks behind her, in full-melodrama pose.

After Karen (Jennifer Tierney) dies, the evil shoemaker (Charles Martin) goes after his next innocent prey in The Red Shoes ballet, Choreo by Matthew Powell in the Crossroads Ballet
After Karen (Jennifer Tierney) dies, the lurking,
evil shoemaker (Charles Martin)
goes after his next innocent prey in The Red Shoes ballet

The Red Shoes ballet: the shoemaker (Charles Martin) hangs from the lamp post, ready to pounce on his prey (Jennifer Tierney's Karen), aided by his team of prositutes ( top to bottom ) Lisa Choules, Angie Sansone, Stayce Camparo and Chloe Abel - choreo by Matthew Powell
The Red Shoes ballet: the shoemaker (Charles Martin) hangs from the lamp post, ready to pounce on his prey (Jennifer Tierney's Karen), aided by his team of prositutes ( top to bottom ) Lisa Choules, Angie Sansone, Stayce Camparo and Chloe Abel

The text of the original Hans Christian Anderson story: http://hca.gilead.org.il/red_shoe.html - from 1845. If you read this you can see the Matt's story differs greatly (no mother's funeral or old lady or old soldier or headsman to cut off her feet) but Anderson's original story is a bit strange anyway. Then there is the 1948 movie with Moira Shearer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Shoes_(film)). It shows off Shearer's talents but I've always wondered why her character allows herself to be put through so much agony. Then, again, everyone has a story to tell.

V.I.P. seats $100 - include autographed poster and exclusive access to a closing night reception with the dancers. Helen F. Spencer Theatre (and ticket office), UMKC , 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
Tickets: $20-$25 and student $15 (with student ID one hour before curtain):
Phone for tickets: 816-235-6222
URL: http://www.crossroadsballet.org

 

Stephanie Greenwald in Jewels Pas de Quarte choreo by Matthew Powell for the Crossroads Ballet Dress rehearsal in Spencer Theater PAC UMKC 10 July 2008 - Photo, Copyright 2008 Mike Strong www.kcdance.com
Stephanie Greenwald in "Jewels Pas de Quarte" choreo by Matthew Powell

Matthew Powell, leading class on stage for Crossroads Ballet Festival July 2008 kansas city
Matthew Powell, artistic director for the Crossroads Ballet Festival, leading class on stage

Logan Pachiarz (Karen's lover) and Jennifer Tierney (Karen) in The Red Shoes, choreo Matthew Powell - Crossroads Ballet July 2008
Logan Pachiarz (Karen's lover) and Jennifer Tierney (Karen) in The Red Shoes, choreo Matthew Powell

Cervilio Amador in Stars and Stripes Pas de Deux choreo by George Balanchine - in the Crossroads Ballet Dress rehearsal in Spencer Theater PAC UMKC 10 July 2008 - Photo, Copyright 2008 Mike Strong www.kcdance.com
Cervilio Amador in "Stars and Stripes Pas de Deux" choreo by George Balanchine
Janessa Touchet in Stars and Stripes Pas de Deux choreo by George Balanchine - in the Crossroads Ballet Dress rehearsal in Spencer Theater PAC UMKC 10 July 2008 - Photo, Copyright 2008 Mike Strong www.kcdance.com
Janessa Touchet in "Stars and Stripes Pas de Deux" choreo by George Balanchine
company class (L-R) Will Smith, Marty Davis, Geoffrey Kropp - in the Crossroads Ballet Dress rehearsal in Spencer Theater PAC UMKC 10 July 2008 - Photo, Copyright 2008 Mike Strong www.kcdance.com
Class work: (L-R) Will Smith, Marty Davis, Geoffrey Kropp
Luke Luzicka in La Esmeralda Pas de Deux - Crossroads Ballet Dress rehearsal in Spencer Theater PAC UMKC 10 July 2008 - Photo, Copyright 2008 Mike Strong www.kcdance.com
Luke Luzicka in "La Esmeralda Pas de Deux"
El Quinto Miembro choreo by Chelsea Wilcox - (in pairs, front to back) Jennifer Tierney and Charles Martin, Geoffrey Kropp and Stayce Camparo, Marty Davis and Lauren Fitzpatrick - Crossroads Ballet Dress rehearsal in Spencer Theater PAC UMKC 10 July 2008 - Photo, Copyright 2008 Mike Strong www.kcdance.com
"El Quinto Miembro" choreo by Chelsea Wilcox - (in pairs, front to back) Jennifer Tierney and Charles Martin, Geoffrey Kropp and Stayce Camparo, Marty Davis and Lauren Fitzpatrick
Breanne Starke, Marty Davis and Geoffrey Kropp in The Social Season - Choreography by Stayce Camparo in the Crossroads Ballet Dress rehearsal in Spencer Theater PAC UMKC 10 July 2008 - Photo, Copyright 2008 Mike Strong www.kcdance.com
Breanne Starke, Marty Davis and Geoffrey Kropp in "The Social Season" - Choreography by Stayce Camparo
Charles Martin in El Quinto Miembro choreo by Chelsea Wilcox - (Left-Right, behind: Jennifer Tierney, Marty Davis and Lauren Fitzpatrick) - Crossroads Ballet Dress rehearsal in Spencer Theater PAC UMKC 10 July 2008 - Photo, Copyright 2008 Mike Strong www.kcdance.com
Charles Martin in "El Quinto Miembro" choreo by Chelsea Wilcox - (Left-Right, behind: Jennifer Tierney, Marty Davis and Lauren Fitzpatrick
Douglas Gawriljuk in Entre Dos - choreo by Douglas Gawriljuk -  - Crossroads Ballet Dress rehearsal in Spencer Theater PAC UMKC 10 July 2008 - Photo, Copyright 2008 Mike Strong www.kcdance.com
Douglas Gawriljuk in "Entre Dos" - choreo by Douglas Gawriljuk
Jennifer Tierney (as Karen) struggles with Charles Martin (as The Shoemaker) in The Red Shoes by Matthew Powell at the Crossroads Ballet Festival July 2008
Jennifer Tierney (as Karen) struggles with Charles Martin (as The Shoemaker) in The Red Shoes
Jennifer Tierney as Karen in The Red Shoes Ballet by Matthew Powell - Crossroads Ballet Festival July 2008
Jennifer Tierney as Karen in The Red Shoes Ballet
The Red Shoes ballet: the shoemaker's team of prositutes ( top to bottom ) Lisa Choules, Angie Sansone, Stayce Camparo and Chloe Abel - choreography by Matthew Powell
The Red Shoes ballet: the shoemaker's team of prositutes ( top to bottom ) Lisa Choules, Angie Sansone, Stayce Camparo and Chloe Abel

CROSSROADS BALLET
FESTIVAL
PROGRAM CREDITS

July 11, 12 2008

 

Jewels Pas de Quatre

From The Sleeping Beauty
Choreography - Matthew Powell
Music - P.I. Tchaikovsky

Dancers
Rebecca Johnston
Stephanie Greenwald
Kimberly Cowen
Kurt Froman

 

Le Corsaire Pas de Trois

Choreography - Marius Petipa
Music - Adolphe Adam, Riccardo Drigo,
Boris Fitinhof-Schell, Julius Gerber

Dancers
Breanne Starke
Logan Pachciarz
Geoffrey Kropp

 

La Esmeralda Pas de Deux

Choreography after - Marius Petipa
Music - Adolphe Drigo

Dancers
Chelsea Wilcox
Luke Luzicka

 

Black Swan Pas de Deux

From Swan Lake
Choreography - Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov
Music - P.I. Tchaikovsky

Dancers
Jennifer Grapes
David Hovhannisyan

 

The Red Shoes

Choreography - Matthew Powell

Music - Brian Easdale
(at all music, as Album w/rs , single from album: Red Shoes)
Scenic Design - Ryan Zirngibl
Costume Design - Lily Walker
Lighting Design - Amy Taylor

Dancers

Karen - Jennifer Tierney
Her Lover - Logan Pachciarz
The Shoemaker - Charles Martin

Karen's Friends
Lauren Fitzpatrick
Laura Prather
Marty Davis
Luke Luzicka

Carnival Attendants and
Ladies of the evening

Chloe Abel
Stayce Camparo
Lisa Choules
Angelina Sansone
Caitlin Schuler
Breanne Starke
Geoffrey Kropp
William Smith

 

El Quinto Miembro

Choreography - Chelsea Wilcox
Music - Pink Martini
(http://www.pinkmartini.com)

Dancers
Stayce Camparo
Lauren Fitzpatrick
Jennifer Tierney
Marty Davis
Geoffrey Kropp
Charles Martin

 

Entre Dos

Choreography - Douglas Gawriljuk
Music - J.S. Bach

Dancers
Marife Gimenez
Douglas Gawrlijuk

 

The Social Season

Choreography - Stayce Camparo
Music - Georg Philipp Telemann

Dancers
Breanne Starke
Marty Davis
Geoffrey Kropp
Luke Luzicka
Charles Martin

 

Stars and Strips Pas de Deux

Choreography - George Balanchine
Music - John Philip Sousa
Arranged by - Hershey Kay

Dancers
Janessa Touchet
Cervilio Amador


Artistic Director - Matthew Powell
Scenic Design - Ryan J. Zirngibl
Costume Design - Lily Walker
Production Manager - Amy Taylor
Lighting Design - Amy Taylor
Stage Manager - Derek Kasper
Technical Director - Tyler Miller
House Manager - Kelly Copper
Wardrobe Supervisor - Mary Traylor
Marketing Director - Lisa Hickok
Video - Mike Strong, www.kcdance.com


Performances Dedicated To the Memory of
Lenora A. (High) Powell



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