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Cary Ballet Company

Allegory For 2022

We think it’s okay but be careful!

Cary Ballet Company “The Nutcracker” 19 Dec., 2021 – Cary Arts Center


Genuine

While setting up lighting for audition sessions tomorrow, she introduced herself. The smile is real.

Dancer Katherine Whitfield

Cary Ballet Company “The Nutcracker Suite” 18 Dec., 2021 – Cary Arts Center


Before Curtain

And I had second thoughts – She’ll probably want to shoot me for this – I plead the 5th of Parenthood

Setting up in rear of theater to photograph the Sunday Matinee, I saw her on stage, before call

I hollered and she knew who it was – and all my lame jokes.

Cary Ballet Company – 17 Dec 2013 & 19 Dec., 2021 – Cary Arts Center


When It All Works

Cary Ballet Company Rehearsal of “The Nutcracker” 15 Dec., 2021 – Cary Arts Center


Magic Man

Herr Drosslemeyer exterminates the Stahlbaum residence

Cary Ballet Company Rehearsal of “The Nutcracker” 14 Dec., 2021 – Cary Arts Center


The Elegant Mrs. Stahlbaum

“Fashion changes, but style endures.” – Coco Chanel

aka Dancer Maddy McGee

Cary Ballet Company Rehearsal of “The Nutcracker” 15 Dec., 2021 – Cary Arts Center


Merry Mea Culpa!

Yep, my fault. I advertised 2021 “Nutcracker” Online Galleries by Christmas Eve. Barely got three performances done and two more on Christmas day. Just finished & posted the Thursday Dress Rehearsal. And it FINALLY hit me why it was taking so long! Supply Chain issues – I’d made the galleries almost triple the size of previous years because of pent up demand! The demand was mine in wanting to make meaningful, mask-less photographs of every single dancer.

Some images in this Thursday Rehearsal Gallery I made differently due to a middle of the night idea. And I think they tell the story of the determination and hard work that makes on stage magic.

Tomorrow morning, I’m doing what I’d planned to do today which is setup in studio for afternoon sessions. Pretty sure I’ll have the Wed. & Tues. Rehearsals done by end of day, Tues., the 28th. And I’ll need to think about how to fix my Supply Chain. Because the demand is still there. And I extended the 10% Coupon until Jan. 5th – Mea Culpa.

“Fritz” – with trouble ahead & trouble behind

Cary Ballet Company Rehearsal of “The Nutcracker” 17 Dec., 2021 – Cary Arts Center


Snow

Cary Ballet Company Performance of “The Nutcracker”

6 PM, 19 Dec., 2021 – Cary Arts Center


Future Present

Cary Arts Center 18 December 2021 & Cary Ballet Conservatory 8 December 2012


Christmas Wish – For The Child In All Of Us

Today & Sunday at Cary Arts Center – Times & Tickets Link

Cary Ballet Company “Nutcracker” – Cary Arts Center, 17 Dec 2021


When The Hubs Doesn’t Have It!

Today, Saturday & Sunday at Cary Arts Center – Times & Tickets Link


A Return To Theater!

Tomorrow Saturday & Sunday at Cary Arts Center – Times & Tickets Link


The Wait Is Almost Over!

2021 Ticket Info – Cary Ballet Company “Nutcracker”

Dress Rehearsal, 18 Dec 2019, Cary Arts Center


Coda

11 Octobers ago, I went to photograph “Children’s Celebration of The Arts” for Cary Citizen.

I was trying to figure out how to connect with the place I’d lived for a dozen years but didn’t know because of work.

I’d told Hal and Lindsey I wanted to photograph small events, with heart

I found that and what has become, the soul of my art and my extended family

Andrea Huynh – Children’s Celebration of The Arts

Cary Ballet Conservatory 16 Oct 2010


International Ballet Day

Dancer Olivia Vessillo – Cary Ballet Conservatory 26 Dec 2017


Rehearsal for The Gala

It’s called Youth America Grand Prix but it’s truly an International Dance Competition.

They know who knows dance

Which explains Cary Ballet’s invitation to perform in the YAGP México Gala in Orizaba, Veracruz.

And good reason to make some promo photographs in Studio A at Cary Ballet Conservatory.

Cary Ballet dancers will perform two world premiere pieces by Krista King-Doherty

Guided by Cary Ballet Artistic & Professional Training Program Director Mariaelena Ruiz

And it was good to get some time in Studio with this bunch!

Cary Ballet Conservatory – 7 October 2021


Stage Light # 75

Online Galleries Here: Cary Ballet Company 2019 “Spring Works”


Waiting

Cary Ballet Company

Spring Works – Space & Tech

13 March 2019 – Cary Arts Center


“Light As Air and Quick As Lightning”

Letter from Abigail Adams to her sister, Mary Smith Cranch. Paris, 20 February, 1785

“The first dance which I saw upon the Stage shoked me, the Dress’es and Beauty of the performers was enchanting, but no sooner did the Dance commence, than I felt my delicacy wounded, and I was ashamed to bee seen to look at them. Girls cloathd in the thinest Silk: and Gauze, with their peticoats short Springing two foot from the floor poising themselves in the air, with their feet flying, and as perfectly shewing their Garters and draws, as tho no peticoat had been worn, was a sight altogether new to me.”

Their motions are as light as air and as quick as lightning. They balance themselves to astonishment. No description can equal the reality.”

“Shall I speak a Truth and say that repeatedly seeing these Dances has worn of that disgust which I first felt, and that I see them now with pleasure. … The art of dancing is carried to the highest degree of perfection that it is capable of; at the opera.”


Stage Light #74

Cary Ballet Company Tech Rehearsal for “Don Quixote”

Online Galleries Here: Cary Ballet Company 2021 “Spring Works”


Stage Light # 73

Online Galleries Here: Cary Ballet Company 2021 “Spring Works”

Dancer Kali Bartasavich


Walk On By

Online Galleries Here: Cary Ballet Company 2021 “Spring Works”


Fit

Online Galleries Here: Cary Ballet Company 2021 “Spring Works”


Cary Ballet Company “2021 Spring Works”

Online Galleries Here: Cary Ballet Company 2021 “Spring Works”


Stage Light #72

Cary Ballet Company Rehearsal for “Spring Works”

Fletcher Theater, Raleigh 16 April 2021


Stage Light #71

Cary Ballet Company Rehearsal for “Spring Works”

Fletcher Theater, Raleigh 16 April 2021


Don Quixote

Cary Ballet Company Rehearsal for “Don Quixote”

Fletcher Theater, Raleigh 16 April 2021


The Windows in Studio A #26

Studio Rehearsal for Cary Ballet Company “Spring Works”

Cary Ballet Conservatory 10 April 2021


Tiny Dancers #4

Yesterday afternoon was life affirming and just wonderful.

Next week, Video vs Audience but in Theater!

Studio Rehearsal for “Spring Works” at Cary Ballet Conservatory 10 April 2021

 

 


Photographer Pandemic Therapy

Cary Ballet Company 2018 “Spring Works” Cary Arts Center

Space & Tech Rehearsal 13 March

Matinee Performance – 17 March