Tag Archive: Artists of Atelier Ballet

  1. Delightful Dancing at Abduction Working Rehearsal

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    Recently, Opera Atelier donors were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the second day of rehearsals for the dancers in Abduction from the Seraglio. Having only had one day to rehearse before guests came to watch the creative process in action, we had a superb vantage point to observe the intricate detail and effort that goes into Jeannette’s choreography.

    As I was seated next to the piano bench, occasionally page-turning for pianist Jim Bourne, I marveled at the patience that each of our dancers displayed as they rehearsed a particularly challenging scene in Act 1. We are quite … Read more

  2. Choreographer’s Notes

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    Abduction Dancer Workshop

    Abduction Dancer Workshop

    Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio (or Belmonte and Konstanze) premiered in Vienna on July 16, 1782. It was written for the Burgtheater, established by Emperor Joseph II as an avenue for German works of music theatre. Abduction from the Seraglio had an immediate success and became Mozart’s most popular opera during his lifetime. Ballet was part of any evening at the theatre in the 18th century and Mozart included wonderful dances in his operas. The idea of a Turkish theme had been in existence since the previous century (witness Lully’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, … Read more

  3. Swordplay with Jennifer Valentyne!

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    The OA team met bright and early this morning at the Elgin to tape some segments for Breakfast Television.

    Jennifer Valentyne, James Leja, Christopher Stalzer & Jeremy Nasmith go over sword technique.

    Jennifer Valentyne, Marshall Pynkoski, Jeremy Nashmith, James Leja & Christopher Stalzer  go over sword technique.

    It was great to hang out with the lovely Jennifer Valentyne, and teach her a few moves from Abduction from the Seraglio!
    Check out this clip to see OA’s dancers working on the Wushu Sword Dance from Abduction.

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  4. An Evening of Courtly Pleasures

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    At Opera Atelier, our goal is to top the previous season with every production we present. We know our patrons expect no less from us, which is why our productions strive for a level of beauty and daring that captivates and inspires our audiences to greater levels of engagement.

    Jeanne Beker & Patricia Barretto (Opera Atelier's Executive Director)

    Jeanne Beker & Patricia Barretto (Opera Atelier’s Executive Director)

    It is this same approach we take to presenting our annual Versailles Gala. Our first gala started out as a small cocktail reception on the 68th floor of the Bank of Montreal and has now grown into one of the splashiest … Read more

  5. Choreography in The Magic Flute

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    “Here is where the movements of the dancers, all the while preserving the discipline of classical technique as they weave and unweave, strike us with their self control and absence of any hurriedness or tension; there is not the slightest constraint among the contiguous or juxtaposed pairs who are dancing together or opposite one another. Everything is strictly in place, measured, firm and in harmonic accord with the rhythm and tempo that flow from the orchestra.”

    Akim Volynsky 1861-1926

    Russian art historian and journalist on the corps de ballet

     

    This description applies to Baroque dance forms as much – … Read more