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Image 4 of The Courier Journal (Indiana Edition), March 9, 2012

Part of Porter, Jean

Time: 03-10-2012 22:46 User: ccathcart PubDate: 03-11-2012 METRO | IN Zone: IN Edition: 1 Page Name: B 3 Color: THE COURIER-JOURNAL | Black Yellow Magenta Cyan SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012 | B3 BALLET REVIEW ‘Cinderella’ charming, with humor with her dreamily dancing with a broom, pretending it to be her beau. Her traits deservedly earned her sympathy in the face of how her ugly stepsisters taunted her. The stepsisters’ cruelty turned out some quite hilarious scenes for the audience, with Robert Dunbar and Rob Morrow donning frilly, garish garments with their cheeks smeared with rouge. The hilarity went into high gear when, after receiving invitations to the prince’s ball, the two took lessons with their teacher, danced by Phillip Velinov. Both towered over him and practically pulled him down as they tried to match his jumps and kicks. The story was peppered with their antics, but in Jones’ choreography, it was never overdone. Dunbar, who last played the part in 2009, particularly enlivened the stage in this production with his every move and dramat- By Elizabeth Kramer The Courier-Journal For decades “Cinderella,” choreographed by former artistic director Alun Jones and former associate artistic director Helen Starr, has been a jewel in the Louisville Ballet’s repertoire, and Friday night it dazzled and charmed while also coaxing laughs. For two performances, Natalia Ashikhmina reprised the role of Cinderella, which she last danced for the company just two years ago. As in almost any role she performs, she took command of the technical aspects of the choreography while portraying a solid character. Her Cinderella radiated with kindness and patience through the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall. But she also exhibited a touch of an alluring naivete, evident in act one ic facial expression, which all came across loud and incredibly clear. He played the part not so much for the joke. Instead, he infused it with sincerity that lends credibility to his outrageous and exaggerated character. But what made Jones’ choreography so wonderful was the balance it struck between comedy and serious ballet. The magic garden in the second act revealed a band of fairies who danced for Cinderella, including the Autumn Fairy, danced by Kateryna Sellers, and her cavalier, Ben Needham-Wood. Their performances stood out in part because of their styles, which seem perfectly matched and exuded energy with a composed confidence. Others delivered in their performances, but Winter Fairy Helen Daigle appeared at times to be out of step. The choreography of the ball scene presented an array of danc- Appliance contract dispute cleaned up the noise got louder and louder until you couldn’t stay in the house while the machine was running. Then two more men came out, listened to the noise, said we were entitled to a new washer and dryer and left. I called the company handling the service contract and spoke to a woman named Yolanda who said that all I would be offered was $499 toward a new combination washer/dryer. I have been without a washer and dryer since October. Since then I’ve been paying $20-$25 a week at the laundromat. I carry a service contract but still don’t have a washer and dryer. The company spent enough time and money on parts and labor to buy two brand-new laun- Reporter Elizabeth Kramer can be reached at (502) 582-4682. MEETINGS LEMME DO IT Dear Lemme — My problem is a combination washer and dryer. The unit is 9 years old, but I have had a service contract on it since it was new. The cost of the contract has increased every time I renewed it. Last October, it started making a rattling noise. I called for service. The repairman came out, made a long list of necessary parts and the labor involved and said that the parts would arrive in the mail. I was instructed to call for service when the parts arrived. The parts came, and I called. Two men came out, tore the unit apart and put in new parts. The noise didn’t stop. It got louder. Repairmen returned three or four more times. Each time of the stage, and to the palace that shimmers but never outshines the dancers. Jones’ costumes with some astonishing head pieces help make this production, especially those of the Fairy Godmother and the fairies that move easily with the dancers. The biggest disappointment in this production was the lack of a live orchestra to perform Prokofiev’s score. The company also danced to recorded music in its 2009 production. Forgoing live music was a decision made by the company and is not due to the current impasse in contract negotiations between the Louisville Orchestra and its musicians. It felt abnormal to sit through recorded overtures. This ballet does not rise to its full potential without live music. ers together and in solos. It also complemented the costumes, from the flowing ball gowns donned by the court ladies to the tutus of the mysterious ladies who arrived with Cinderella. Kazuki Ichihashi gave a particularly strong solo performance, with a series of quick and sharp entrechats, cabrioles and jetés. The pas de deux between Ashikhmina and Kristopher Wojtera, who played the Prince, displayed some awe-inspiring partner work, with Ashikhmina often gracefully maintaining her balance on pointe for long periods of time. The sets, mostly designed by Jones with some additional work done by Michael F. Hottois, are enchanting, from the modest house with its wide colored-glass windows where Cinderella lives with her sister and her father, to the magic garden’s twisting branches that climb the heights room) at Memorial Auditorium, 970 S. Fourth St. Louisville Metro Planning Commission, 1 p.m. Thursday in the courtroom at the Old Jail Building, 514 W. 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