Dance

Peoria Ballet

This week, we're talking with Wendy Thomasson and Eric Otto, from the Peoria Ballet. They're presenting their annual production of "The Nutcracker," with performances Saturday and Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre. Otto stepped in as Artistic Director of the production earlier this fall, when another director had to drop out. He talks about how production of the holiday standard differ from company to company, about the advantages of performing with a live orchestra, and about his own...

Central Illinois Ballet

We're joined this week by Rhea Keller and Malachi Squires, dancers with the Central Illinois Ballet. They're dancing the principal roles in the company's performance of "Dracula: Dance on the Dark Side" this weekend. They talk about how their roles differ physically from other roles in the ballet repertoire, and about how the Dracula story lends itself to portrayal in dance . The ballet itself is more recent, and this production features more contemporary choreography. The Central Illinois...

Central Illinois Ballet

This week, we're talking with Richard Smith and Brett Benedict of the Central Illinois Ballet. The company is in its debut season, and they're presenting two performances of the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker." We talk a little bit about the new company, and about finding a distinctive "take" on a work that's performed so often. We also ask how dancers feel about performing "The Nutcracker" so frequently. Performances are Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the ICC Performing Arts Center...

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Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts

This week, we're talking with Rebekah von Rathonyi, Artistic Director of the Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts . They're presenting "Dracula: Dance on the Dark Side," Friday night at 7:30 at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. It's the first time the work has been presented in the Peoria area since 2004. She talks about some of the professional dancers who will appear in the performance, how the work is gaining a following among dance companies, and about some of the work...

Peoria Ballet

The Peoria Ballet presents its annual production of "The Nutcracker" this weekend, with three performances at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre. The Ballet's Tamra Challacombe explains what makes "The Nutcracker" a good introduction to the art form. She also talks about what a live orchestra adds to the experience, and about some of the guest artists featured in the production this year.