Music and Dance Reviews

Moving Arts: New Name, Same Passion.

The name you are born with isn’t always how you are known. Such is the case with Moving Arts, which began existence as the Kansas City Dance Festival and now, seven years in, has evolved into a dual-city summer company: a four-week residency with performances in both Kansas City and Cincinnati. The troupe has always […]

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Dark/Bright/Light: Kansas City Ballet season ends with energetic, eclectic works, including David Parsons world premiere.

“Human movement is the basis of all art,” wrote Twyla Tharp. Kansas City Ballet displayed this philosophy with the textural, painterly season closer THARP / PARSONS / FORSYTHE, demonstrating exceptional work from three groundbreaking American choreographers: William Forsythe, David Parsons, and Twyla Tharp. Friday was the first Kansas City performance for each of the pieces, […]

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Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s luminous “The Pearl Fishers” resonates with modern imagination.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City presented Georges Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” (Les pêcheurs de perles) with passionate performances, athletic dancing and dazzling visual display in Saturday’s opening night performance. Set in Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka) in an unspecified time period, it is of a world straddling ancient traditions and modern influences, demonstrated here with […]

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