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First Loves

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

With Romeo & Juliet opening in just a few days, we asked our company dancers about THEIR first loves. Hopefully the stories aren’t as tragic…


Paul Michael Bloodgood

My first love was a girl named Celeste that I dated for two years. Then she dated my best friend and I at the same time before breaking up with us on the same day. I was 8. [Ed note: Paul will be tweeting during this weekend's performances. Follow him at www.twitter.com/balletaustin. Look for tweets signed ^PB.]

Orlando Julius Canova

My first love was the childlike empress from the Never Ending Story… Turns out I just wanted to be her.

Aara Krumpe

My first love is my husband of 9 wonderful years, Ambrose Krumpe.  We met when I was 18.  I knew he was ‘the one for me’ when he used a coupon on our first date!

Jordan Moser

Jessica Rabbit.

Preston Andrew Patterson

I met my first love at a music store. Upon first sight, I knew immediately she was to be my first love… She was an Everett Upright Piano. We’ve been together for 3 months.

Beth Terwilleger

Todd, my best friend. He is my first and only love. We met two years ago, fell in love a year after that, and four weeks ago he proposed. [Ed note: Congrats, Beth!]

Michelle Thompson

Most people would say that “ballet” was my first love, but in all seriousness I would have to say my husband Rhys Ulerich. [Ed note: Michelle will be tweeting during Sunday's performance. Follow her at www.twitter.com/balletaustin. Look for tweets signed ^MT.]

 

Kirby Wallis

I thought my first love was JTT (Jonathan Taylor Thomas). Little did I know, I would finally find true love years later in my husband… also named Jonathan!

Don’t miss Romeo & Juliet this weekend, May 11-13, at the Long Center! Get tickets here.


Romeo & Juliet by the Numbers

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Romeo & Juliet marks the end of the 2011/12 season, and with elaborate sets and costumes it is certainly a grand production. Read on for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most interesting production stats. 

Costume and Set:

80 costumes and 25 head pieces are worn throughout the production, including period style handcrafted leather boots which cost around $450.

4 wardrobe crew members and special changing booths constructed backstage allow for the dancers’ quick costume changes.

So what is the production budget for all the costumes? Approximately $100,000 when Ballet Austin first acquired them. Replacement costs in today’s prices would range from $200,000 to $250,000.

Lady Capulet’s ballroom gown, worn by Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin, weighs 30 pounds.

The costumes were made from fabrics like silk chiffon, linen, wool and cotton to give them the realistic look and feel of the clothing worn during the Italian Renaissance.

Ironically, the first person to wear (and sweat in) the Romeo costume was not Romeo himself, but current Company Manager Eugene Alvarez!

Dancers will go through roughly 80 pairs of pointe shoes during Romeo & Juliet rehearsals and performances.

The tomb scene once used live candles. Due to fire codes this is no longer allowed, and now 360 lighting instruments illuminate the stage throughout the production.

3 truss spot operators are suspended over the stage during the performances. Truss spots are follow spotlights manned by operators on a rig above the stage.

Dancer:

Romeo & Juliet has 45 characters, which means some of the dancers play multiple roles and require many costume changes.

Romeo (Paul Michael Bloodgood) is actually married to Juliet’s friend (Anne Marie Melendez).

In real life, Friar Lawrence is a Pilates instructor, Lord Capulet is a theater dance instructor, and Benvolio is a Harvard grad.

Romeo from the other cast (Frank Shott) is a massage therapist when he’s not dueling, and helped choreograph the fencing scene.

2006 was the last time Ballet Austin performed Romeo & Juliet. Prior to that, the world premiere of Stephen Mills‘ version of the ballet was in 2001.

From the dancers to the stage crew, everyone’s hard work goes into making the production a success. See the magic come to life this Mother’s Day Weekend, May 11-13, at the Long Center.

Reserve your seats today.

Announcing our 2011/12 Season!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

To purchase season tickets or for more information, click here.

The Mozart Project
Sep 30-Oct 2, 2011
The Long Center
Choreography by Stephen Mills
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The 49th Annual Production of
The Nutcracker
Dec 3-23, 2011
The Long Center
Choreography by Stephen Mills
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The 4th Biennial
New American Talent/Dance
Feb 17-19, 2012
The Long Center

Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project
Mar 23-25, 2012
The Long Center
Choreography by Stephen Mills
Music by Steve Reich, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Part, Philip Glass

Romeo and Juliet
May 11-13, 2011
The Long Center
Choreography by Stephen Mills
Music by Sergei Prokofiev

 

 
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