This December, Kansas City Ballet reimagines The Nutcracker as a confection of magic and fantasy in a brand new production, retiring former artistic director Todd Bolender’s version after a 42-year run. “Nutcracker is a huge passion of mine— I love it like there’s no tomorrow,” said Devon Carney, who signed on as the ballet’s artistic director in 2013.
Summerfest Celebrates 25 Years of Chamber Music Performance
Growing up in Emporia, Kan., Mary Grant loved taking violin lessons, but she didn’t think of violin playing as a job option. That changed in high school, when she attended Interlochen Arts Camp in northwest Michigan. “It occurred to me that … I could do something I really enjoyed for a living,” she said in a recent interview.
Kansas City Dance Season Closes with Enticing Performances
The 2014-2015 Kansas City dance season is winding down, but the coming months continue to offer an array of high-caliber dance performances. This past season featured many plot-based balletic works, but the finale performances concentrate primarily on non-narrative pieces, highlighting movement, choreographic invention and performance ingenuity.