Last week, the cast of Paquita traveled to New York City to perform at City Center. Elena Kunikova was with the dancers to run rehearsals and watch the shows. Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times writes: “The staging of Marius Petipa’s choreography is by Elena Kunikova, who has animated the all-female corps de ballet with verve and charm; I have seen more illustrious troupes dance this with less color.” Go Ballet West!
Yesterday, the Emeralds cast arrived in the city of lights (and loud slot machine noises), Las Vegas. Along with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theater, we will be performing Balanchine’s Jewels. Ballet West will open the evening with Emeralds, NBT will then perform Rubies and PNB will close the night with Diamonds. I’m really excited to be a part of this opportunity; three companies, collaborating together to perform Jewels as a whole has never been done before. This big event was put together to celebrate NBT’s opening season at their brand new theater, the Smith Center.
Last night, the three companies gathered for a meet and greet at the Vintner Grill. It was really nice to meet the dancers from the other companies and to connect with friendly faces I don’t see very often. NBT actually has five previous Ballet West trainees in their company, not to mention former Ballet West II artist Kaleigh Schock. After the meet and greet, a few of us made our way to the strip for a bit of entertainment and dinner. The rest of the week will be spent doing what we do … dancing! Cirque De Soliel, you’ve met your match (sarcastic evil eyes).