Dance Archives - Michigan Opera Theatre

Alvin Ailey and “A Song for You”: A Dedication to the Memory of George Floyd

This past week has been filled with grief, anxiety, sadness, fear and violence as a result of the arrest and murder of Mr. George Floyd. His death represents an injustice that for many is unfathomable. It is never easy to have something so horrific and ugly shoved in your face, forcing you to acknowledge its very existence. Mr. Floyd’s brother has called for an end to …

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MOMIX, Pictures at an Exhibition, and the Visualization of Music

                        Music is integral to dance. Choreography is often referred to as the visualization of music. In 1991, Moses Pendleton, founder and artistic director of MOMIX, conceived, choreographed, and directed a televised dance film – Pictures at an Exhibition – which won the International Emmy for Best Performing Arts Special. Pendleton was inspired by the 1874 Modest Mussorgsky composition of the same name, which was inspired by …

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August Bournonville 101: An Introduction to Denmark’s Greatest Choreographer

By Jon Teeuwissen, Michigan Opera Theatre Artistic Advisor for Dance “There may be no greater balm for the spirit than the ballets of the 19-century Danish choreographer August Bournonville” claims a recent article in The New Yorker. I am in total agreement. Bournonville’s philosophy, according to his “Choreographic Credo,” states that “Dance is essentially an …

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Michigan Opera Theatre Cancels Spring Season

It is with heavy hearts that Michigan Opera Theatre announces the cancellation of the remainder of its 2020 spring season in light of COVID-19.The decision comes following federal, state and CDC recommendations to reduce social gatherings in an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. While this is a difficult decision, …

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ABT Cancellation

In light of the recent recommendations from the CDC and the State of Michigan, we regret to inform you that the performances in April by American Ballet Theatre of Swan Lake have been canceled. This is a devastating loss to all of our respective seasons — Michigan Opera Theatre, University Musical Society, and American Ballet …

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Reviews: Malandain Ballet Biarritz

About the production Jessica – Rochester Incredible program, beautiful dancers, exceptional music, brilliant choreography, lovely set design. So happy to see such a unique company make its way to Detroit.   Shirley An absolutely well trained ballet company. The director has chosen beautiful music and his choreography juxtaposes classical work with just plain fun movement. …

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Three Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Weekend with Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Malandain Ballet Biarritz comes to Detroit just in time for Valentine’s weekend! The French contemporary ballet company will make its Detroit Opera House debut Saturday, Feb. 15 with a sensual program performed to works by Vivaldi, Ravel and Chopin. Michigan Opera Theatre has partnered with area businesses to create three memorable experiences to make Malandain …

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Reviews: The Nutcracker

About the production   Paul – Wayne Very good. There were a couple moments when the choreography was a little off; but I really enjoyed the entire performance overall. The children dancers lent quite a bit to the experience. My favorite part by far was the Act 2 dance with the sheet (the Arabian Dance, …

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The Nutcracker by the Numbers

Featuring timeless dances, magnificent costumes, beautiful sets and plenty of magic, BalletMet’s The Nutcracker takes you on a journey you won’t soon forget. But it requires a great deal of time, effort—and pointe shoes (read on for the total number used throughout the show) to get the production from start to finish. Ever wondered how …

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BalletMet’s “Nutcracker” returns to MOT to ring in the holiday season

Columbus BalletMet’s “The Nutcracker” will help ring in the holidays with one of Southeast Michigan’s premiere traditions of the season, producing three performances of the Christmas classic.

The ballet company, based in Columbus, Ohio, has created a beautiful partnership with MOT in Detroit that people have come to love and anticipate.