I continue to do a Balanchine program each year because, in my opinion, he is the number one choreographer that we have ever seen in ballet. There is no one like him; no one is as diverse as him and I don’t think there ever will be.
The personal is political. Personal choices and experiences do not happen in a vacuum. They are shaped by the political and social environment in which they live. Additionally, they shape the narrative of future discussions, analysis, and actions.
To me, ballet is about nature in a big way. So what I bring to the plate is everything that I’ve done since I was born. I have a very raw interest in most everything. You can do almost anything with dance. It’s like painting a picture. Whatever you want to do you can do.
What a great evening we had on January 27. It was a fun and information packed night to thank Prima Circle members for their generosity and support of Ballet Arizona. It was the perfect mix of learning more about the art form we adore, a delicious dinner, mingling with dancers, and watching a rehearsal of Romeo and Juliet.
What I have learned in my six month tenure as Executive Director is that it only takes one person to inspire us all. Any gift of any size can be truly transformational. One Angel Night gift of $30, one brand new Corps de Ballet donor, and one extraordinary woman who single-handedly changed the organization with her everlasting legacy.
I’m very proud of this version. I love that each time, I’m able to see my choreography better and better because our dancers keep getting better. This ballet is a very human story, not a fairy tale, so I try to make the dancers look like beings instead of dancers. It’s very real.
Whether she is managing company dancers, planning rehearsals or creating magic alongside Ib Andersen, Maria Simonetti serves at the heart of everything Ballet Arizona is and everything we strive to be.
As Ballet Arizona welcomes 2017, we have created a few resolutions to strive for and a few initiatives we hope to grow over the next 12 months.
Here are ten things about Ib Andersen, in his own words, that you may not know.