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211 Star Starred
Alex Theatre
between Wilson and California 216 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203
818-243-2539
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EileenPolaHolt
The weather was lovely. I wore a skirt and blouse .
2014 Jazz Tribute Awards Concert dress Oct 13 2014 star this tip starred
Roxanne
This area of Glendale can get crowded so arrive a little early to find parking behind the theatre or on the next block.
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1 review
5 stars
attended Aug 16 2008

I thought media city ballet co. was a real ballet co. not a school.
Their flaws were so obvious at times I almost laughed out loud but
did not because the entire audiance seemed to be filled by their family.
I will choose much more carefully...continued

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0 stars
attended Aug 16 2008

the choreography was uninspiring, the dancers lacked polish, staff and box office personnel were rude and disorganized, guests were still being seated after the curtain went up.

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31 reviews
11 stars
attended Aug 16 2008

MUSIC WAS EXCELLENT, DANCING WAS GOOD, AUDIENCE WAS RUDE--PEOPLE UP AND WALKING AROUND THROUGH MUCH OF THE PERFORMANCE AND ENABLED TO DO SO BY THE USHERS.

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Description

Composer Aram Khachaturian is author of the worldwide known ballets Gayane and Spartacus and of the symphonic suite, Masquerade.  The creation of these pieces not only raised Armenian national ballet to the world level, but also noticeably enriched the treasure house of the world musical-dramatic art.  Khachaturian’s music is noted for its modal, harmonic, melodic and orchestral generosity, all of which are connected with a broad gamma of thoughts and feelings in his scores.

_Gayane _means happiness and is a celebration of life events in which composer Aram Khachaturian wanted the folk songs and dancing melodies to be integrated and inseparable from the whole of the ballet.  Gayane is the story of a young Armenian woman whose patriotic convictions are in conflict with her personal feelings upon discovering her husband has committed treason.  The Gayane score includes the famous Saber Dance. The late filmmaker Stanley Kubrick used the Adagio from _Gayane _for his film, 2001:  A Space Odyssey.  Likewise, filmmaker Joel Coen used music from Gayane in his film, The Hudsucker Proxy.

The well-known tale of Spartacus is written in modern language, with application of contemporary methods of the musical-theatre form.  The main characters in the ballet are represented with specific and repeated musical themes.  The storyline concerns the ultimately unsuccessful revolt of the slaves led by Spartacus, a Thracian slave and gladiator, against the Roman Empire in the years 73 – 71 BC.  Music from Khachaturian’s Spartacus was most recently heard in the film, Ice Age:  The Meltdown.

Masquerade was written for the 25th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.  It is a symphonic suite in the tradition of lavish classical Russian music.  Natasha Middleton will stage the piece to enhance the fantasy and put a modern face on this elaborate party, featuring eccentric costuming.  The plot concerns a missing bracelet and a woman named Nina who is falsely accused of giving the bracelet to Prince Zvezditch,  As a result, Nina’s husband, who thinks she is cheating on him, poisons her at the end of the ballet, only to realize she was innocent.  The bracelet had actually been stolen by the Baroness and given to the Prince, who later gave it back to Nina.  Natasha Middleton said:  “Theatergoers who enjoy _Phantom of the Opera, _will enjoy _Masquerade, _as there are similarities in style.”

About the Ticket Supplier: Media City Ballet

Now in its fourth season under the guidance of Artistic Director Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov, The Media City Ballet Company (MCB) is dedicated to providing Burbank and the surrounding communities with quality live ballet productions, utilizing the inspired and creative talents of the local community, as well as professionals from around the world. MCB is the only ballet company in Los Angeles presenting performances in the tradition and philosophy of the legendary Ballet Russe de Serge Diaghilev. Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov’s grandmother, Elena Wortova, was a Soloist in the original Balle Russe, which included other legendary dancers like Anna Pavlova, George Balanchine, Alexandra Danilova and Vaslav Nijinsky. Middleton-Kettebekov’s father, Andrei Tremaine, was a principal dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and soloist with the Ballet Nacional de Mexico, the Colon Opera Ballet of Buenos Aires and the Paris Opera Ballet. Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov, a “Ballet Russe Baby,” was a Prima Ballerina for her father’s ballet company, Pacific Ballet Theatre, as well as a member of the Joffrey II Ballet Company in New York City, before taking on the responsibilities of Artistic Director for Media City Ballet. MCB also has a school called the Media Dance Centre, which provides training and instruction in not only ballet, but also in jazz, tap, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Folk, Swing and Salsa. In addition, the ballet company’s Outreach Division works with schools and local service groups to entertain and instruct the community on the art of ballet and dance. The new Junior Company is designed to train young dancers, and prepare them for the organization’s professional company.