The Kansas City Ballet's 55th season concludes with the World Premiere of Karole Armitage'sEnergy Made Visible the next two weekends at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
The World Premiere of Karole Armitage's Energy Made Visible features music composed by and performed by legendary jazz saxophonist, Bobby Watson. The program also includes the Kansas City Premiere of Margo Sappington's Common People, featuring the voice of actor William Shatner to music composed by Ben Folds and Donald McKayle's, Hey - Hay, Going toKansas City.
Energy Made Visible is a collaboration with internationally acclaimed choreographer Karole Armitage, French filmmaker Gilles Papain, lighting designer, Kirk Bookman, and composer/performer, Bobby Watson. It draws inspiration from paintings by artist, Jackson Pollock. This is the second new work that Ms. Armitage has created for Kansas City Ballet. Her first work, Arctic Song, was created in 2009.
Margo Sappington created the nationally acclaimed Common People for the Milwaukee Ballet in 2007. The subject of a feature-length documentary in 2009 called "Gonzo Ballet", it fused dance, music, and poetry with spoken text written and performed by actor, William Shatner and the music of Ben Folds Five.
And finally Donald McKayle's Hey - Hay, Going to Kansas City, a celebration of the golden age of jazz, nightclubs and dance halls when Kansas City was considered the 'Paris of the Plains.' Donald McKayle used recordings by Kansas City jazz greats such as Jay McShann, Charlie Parker and Count Basie to create a swing ballet complete with 1930s-era costumes.
The Kansas City Ballet ends it season over the next two weekends with three contemporary ballets not to be missed!