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By Erica Liu | August 15, 2007
Dancers from the Media City Ballet Company and guest artists will take the stage Saturday at the Alex Theatre for a night of ballet with a Spanish twist, complete with bold costumes, scorching choreography and dramatic music. The program for the “Noche de Sabor” (“Night of Flavor”) performance will include a smorgasbord of ballet, flamenco, salsa and tango sets arranged to music from the likes of Astor Piazzolla, the master of tango, to ballet composer Ludwig Minkus.
By Joyce Rudolph | June 13, 2007
Media City Ballet Company rolled out the red carpet Saturday for a black-tie tribute to former dancers of the Ballet Russes at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Five of the six former dancers being honored attended the gala titled "Men of the Ballet Russes," recognizing their contributions to the Ballet Russe founded in 1909 in Europe and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, which toured the United States from 1938 to 1962. The event was choreographed and produced by Media City Ballet Company artistic director Natasha Middleton.
By Joyce Rudolph | June 2, 2007
Burbank's Media City Ballet dancers will perform a tribute to the European-influenced Ballet Russe, which gained popularity when it came to the United States in the 1930s. "The Men of the Ballet Russe" will feature programs that were originally choreographed and danced by the pioneers of this ballet style on June 9 at the Wilshire Ebell in Los Angeles. The Ballet Russe was founded by impresario Serge Diaghilev in 1909 in Paris. Along with an innovative style of dance, it was known for elaborate sets and costumes and exciting music.
By Joyce Rudolph | April 28, 2007
Andrei Tremaine is perpetuating a family legacy started by his mother, a member of the world-renown Ballet Russe. For that lifetime dedication, Tremaine, a ballet master and dance coach for the Burbank-based Media City Ballet, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award May 6 during the 16th annual Lester Horton Dance Awards at the Alex Theatre. He is one of four dance professionals being honored during the event. The four were chosen by the Lester Horton Awards Committee, producer Jamie Nichols said.
February 28, 2007
Warner Bros. Studios names new V.P. Bill Angarola has been named Vice President, Post Production Services, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities. Angarola will have primary oversight of post-production television operations. He will also be charged with managing sound talent as well as growing the television editorial business. He has been a member of the post-production sound industry for more than 25 years. He was employed at Ascent Media Group as senior vice president, television, for the last seven years.
By Joyce Rudolph | December 30, 2006
Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are hoping to spread the word that Los Angeles has its own ballet. So the husband and wife co-artistic directors of the Los Angeles Ballet have opted to produce their first work at three venues to cover the large territory encompassed by the city, they said. The Los Angeles Ballet is giving two performances of its inaugural production of "The Nutcracker," today at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. "In starting the company, we wanted to see how we fit in the picture," Christensen said.
December 30, 2006
The Alexander/Rave Gallery, managed by co-presidents, Cheryl Rave, of Burbank, and McKenzie Alexander , has opened on the second floor at 12202 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. The fine art gallery specializes in the exhibition and sale of contemporary fine art by established and emerging artists including oils, paintings, glass sculpture and mixed media. The owners plan to have monthly jazz nights, industry networking evenings and Sunday salons for serious discussions of art and trends.
By Joyce Rudolph | November 29, 2006
Media City Ballet will perform with a live orchestra for the first time when it presents Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" Dec. 8 to 10 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The Burbank ballet company will be accompanied by the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, with James Domine conducting, said ballet company artistic director Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov. Because the company has always used recordings for its productions, dancing to music created by a live orchestra will be a new and exciting experience for the dancers, she said.
By Joyce Rudolph | August 30, 2006
The Media City Ballet board of directors threw a gala reception an hour before curtain for the "Pasión de España" Saturday evening at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Major sponsors, Los Angeles cultural arts representatives and local members of the entertainment industry met company officials while sipping beverages and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres in the terrace lobby of the historic venue. Ballet company Executive Director Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov mingled with guests along with her mother, Natalie Middleton; father, Andrei Tremaine, a renowned dancer, choreographer and dance coach and his wife, Hiroko.
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