Spoleto ’11 w/Eliza

A Dancer’s Story

Thursday, June 9, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
A Dancer’s Story

“IT IS WHEN MOVEMENT starts to be awkward that it becomes interesting.” This is how Cédric Andrieux explains his experience with Merce Cunningham whose company he was with for eight years. The statement could also describe Andrieux’s one-man and self-titled show at the Emmett Robinson Theatre where, for a little over an hour, the... Read »

Young Culture Vultures

Sunday, June 5, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Young Culture Vultures

AS I SAT BESIDE my eight-year-old daughter and watched the Charleston Ballet Theatre’s production of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, I thought, thank goodness there is something besides the Nutcracker geared towards her age group. This is a wonderful production that uses the spoken story and songs recorded from the original and updated... Read »

Shen’s Way

Saturday, June 4, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Shen’s Way

ART IS AT ITS BEST when it transports the viewer to another place, and in the case of Shen Wei Dance Arts’ performance, it is specifically the places of Tibet, Cambodia, and China that the dance takes us to. In Re- (Parts I, II, and III), choreographer Shen Wei created a three-part evening length... Read »

Striking Performance by Corella Ballet

Saturday, May 28, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Striking Performance by Corella Ballet

THE CORELLA BALLET’s performance at the Gaillard Auditorium Friday night was one of those Spoleto moments where artistry and virtuosity aligned in exquisite perfection. The flawless execution by the dancer under the direction of Angel Corella showed a company beautiful to behold as well as a program that displayed the magnitude of the art... Read »

When the Old Becomes New

Saturday, May 28, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
When the Old Becomes New

IN THE PREVIEW performance of Khmeropedies l& ll that began Spoleto Festival’s 35th season at the Emmett Robinson Theatre, the idea of dance as a tradition was seen as a tenuous thing. Passing it down is tricky, as the human memory is faulty and specifics may vanish in the blip of a generation; and... Read »

A Little Spoleto Magic

Friday, May 27, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
A Little Spoleto Magic

ONE OF THE WAYS that Spoleto will be observing what would be the 100th birthday of Gian Carlo Menotti, the festival’s founder, is by presenting one of his operas, The Medium, at the Dock Street Theatre. First performed in 1946, it is the story of a phony psychic who claims to contact the dead... Read »

Spoleto 2011 Dance Preview

Monday, May 2, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Spoleto 2011 Dance Preview

NOW THAT THE COLOR-FILLED CARPET of Spring has been rolled out and the Royals have been married off, Spoleto Festival USA is ready to spread its wings in Charleston for 17 fun-filled days (beginning May 27). The lineup for this 35th year looks particularly exciting with 152 performances and performers from all corners of... Read »

It is with life as it is with art: the deeper one penetrates, the broader the view.                   
~ Johann Goethe


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