Arts Corner

ALL DOLLED UP

Harriman series presents Russian troupe in classic tale of love and dolls
We have a fascination with tales of man-made things that come to life — whether to fascinate us (Pinocchio), hurt us (Frankenstein) or steal our hearts (Tales of Hoffmann, the Pygmalion of Greek mythology).

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DON’ BEDEVILLED

Lyric Opera production of Mozart classic falters
A well-oiled operatic production relies on the convergence of so many elements that it seems a miracle when it actually does all come together. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City was thrown a curve-ball recently when the singer contracted to sing the title role of Don Giovanni pulled out because of illness. Less than two weeks before opening, the company rushed in a replacement who luckily was a veteran of the role.

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DOLLS ‘R’ US

Russian company brings classic to Harriman series
Dolls that come to life, a village love story, iconic ballet moves: Coppéliais hard to resist even in a so-so production. The version by the Moscow Festival Ballet, presented here on May 1st by the Harriman-Jewell Series, was a considerable cut above the average, with youthful dancers, faux-naïve set designs, and fine dancing in the Russian tradition.

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JUST DANCE

Ballet presents premieres by leading choreographers who just happen to be women
As recently as 20 years ago it was rare to find works by women on the programs of professional ballet companies. That’s changing, albeit slowly. On May 6 the Kansas City Ballet opens its spring program with new works by not one but two of the most sought-after choreographers in America — both of whom just happen to be women.

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CONCERTO ROYALE

Kansas City Ballet reaches high with brilliant new work by British-born Oregonian
The Kansas City Ballet has scored a home run with its spring program that opened May 6 at the Lyric Theatre, with an appealing lineup ranging from classical ballet to Balanchine-does-jazz, from Todd Bolender to two adventurous new ballets receiving their world premieres.

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