A night at the ballet, in time for ‘Nutcracker’ season
Hamrick's Live Arts Global company is producing A Night at the Ballet, a free streaming event that premieres this week. They depend on a live audience to do their work, of course, and most live paycheck to paycheck. The result is “A Night at the Ballet,” a free streaming event that premieres Thursday and was produced by Live Arts Global, founded by Hamrick and her partners, Christine Shevchenko (a principal dancer at ABT) and Joanna DeFelice. AP: What gave you the idea for “A Night at the Ballet”? But that was really just the dancers, and we thought, how can we help everybody in this live arts world?
"Sunday Morning" Matinee: "A Night at the Ballet"
"A Night at the Ballet," an event to support the performing arts community during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be streamed on YouTube December 17-20. The 60-minute program, presented by Live Arts Global, will feature dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Mariinsky Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, and former stars of the Alvin Ailey company performing excerpts from "Don Quixote," "The Nutcracker," "Romeo and Juliet" and more. Live Arts Global co-founder and ballerina Melanie Hamrick said, "The past year has been challenging for many of us in the dance and theater community. "'A Night at the Ballet' is an opportunity to appreciate the classics, while also providing financial support to artists and crew," she said. Click on the video player below to watch a message from Melanie Hamrick, and a sneak peek from "A Night at the Ballet": an excerpt of "After the Rain," performed by Unity Phelan (New York City Ballet soloist) and Calvin Royal III (American Ballet Theatre principal dancer):Hamrick, a choreographer and former dancer with American Ballet Theatre, co-founded Live Arts Global with Christine Shevchenko (a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre), and Joanna DeFelice, a choreographer, former ballerina and contemporary artist.cbsnews.com