Nutcracker Reading: Helen Starr
Followed by a Guided tour: Alun Jones
Nutcracker The Exhibition: 60 Years of Magic and Majesty
Sunday, December 17th, 2017
Helen Starr Nutcracker Reading: 3:00 p.m.
Alun Jones Guided Tour: 3:30 p.m.
Reading and tour are included in the price of admission
Join us in the Brown-Forman Theater at the Frazier for a very special reading of the Nutcracker by Royal Ballet Soloist, Assistant Ballet Mistress, and Associate Artistic Director of Louisville Ballet (1978-2002), and Sugar Plum Fairy (1983), Helen Starr!!!!
Starr was a soloist with the Royal Ballet and principal dancer at London Festival Ballet. She worked with many renowned ballet choreographers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Peter Schaufuss. Over her 40-year career, she has danced and taught in 36 countries on five continents.
Starr worked alongside artistic director, Alun Jones at the Louisville Ballet. The couple introduced “The Sleeping Beauty” to the production 30 years ago. They also worked with contemporary and modern dance and pillaring it with classical works.
In a piece written by Annie Honebrink, Jones describes Starr’s impact at the ballet: “She’s a wonderful role model, especially for the women…but for the men too, because of all the great choreographers she’s worked with and all the fine dancers she’s known. She’s an inspiration. She shares her knowledge with anyone who wants to listen. She knows everything about dance history and is willing to pass it along.”
Following the Reading:
One could not wish for a better host to lead a tour of Nutctracker The Exhibition! Alun Jones was the Artistic Director for the Louisville Ballet from 1978 to 2002, during his tenure, Jones ushered in an era of unprecedented development and creativity. He created new choreography for the Nutcracker based on the version produced in 1960 for London Festival Ballet by Alexandre Benois. After a four year hiatus(1979 -1982), Jones relaunched a new Nutcracker production set in 1830 and featuring elaborate hand painted sets and Victorian costumes designed by London theater artist David Walker. Once again, in 1995, with a grant from Brown-Forman, Jones brought more changes to the choreography, re-staged the first act, and redesigned the costumes for Nutcracker himself! During this period, Jones took the stage in some of the productions as the mysterious Drosselmeyer. He retired from his position as the artistic director in 2002. Annie Honebrink wrote of Jones: “Under his leadership, the company flourished and grew exponentially. Jones fondly refers to that period as a “wonderful time” and a “golden era.”
Annie Honebrink wrote of Jones: “Under his leadership, the company flourished and grew exponentially. Jones fondly refers to that period as a “wonderful time” and a “golden era.”
This event is included in the price of general admission