Queen Carmen reigns, at the Kennedy Center Honors

Dance · Fashion

arts·meme sends well wishes and sincere fashion envy to the great, the magnificent Empress of Modern Dance, our beloved Carmen de Lavallade who poses here in a sensational mauve gown designed by American designer B Michael A M E R I C A.

Queen Carmen fits perfectly in that swank setting, doesn’t she? She has made dance so very proud as one of five honorees at the 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala, along with fellow honorees Gloria Estefan, LL COOL J, Norman Lear and Lionel Richie.

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REVIEW: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s farewell bid @ The Kennedy Center 1

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Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, D.C.
December 7 – 9, 2017

The repertory for “Forever Balanchine” – the final, bittersweet four-performance season of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet – resonated deeply and on many levels. At the Saturday matinee (the same program as Thursday’s opening night, but with cast changes), ballets I had taken for granted, or thought I had investigated thoroughly, brimmed with new insights and possibilities.

Farrell’s company, supported by (and in residence almost annually at) The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has achieved a great deal despite never having become a full-time venture. Its limited, infrequent touring included New York City (though never in a sizable venue) and Los Angeles, in 2003 at Royce Hall.

Reuniting her dancers – some with longstanding tenure, others new – for several months each year, Farrell presented thoughtfully designed programs primarily focused on the Balanchine choreography that was so integral to her own career and which she is so passionately devoted to sharing with new generations of dancers. She included some Robbins and Bejart works at various times in the company’s 17-year existence, but her penetrating insights – interpretive and musical – about her mentor’s rich repertoire were always the essence of this troupe. read the full story

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