As is the case for many other businesses at this time, we have had to adapt and make changes due to the progression of the coronavirus. Our spring performance of LIVE! was canceled, and we were heartbroken that we would not be able to share the hard work that the dancers, musicians, and choreographers put into this performance. We also wanted to find a way for our patrons to still enjoy what they created, and share the relief that beautiful art can bring to our community. On April 4th, 2020 we introduced “Couch Ballet,” a way to enjoy Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s work from the comfort of your sofa using YouTube.
Couch Ballet: Episode 6
Released June 13th
Our final episode featured The Big Day, a piece choreographed by MCB Artistic and Executive Director Karen Mareck Grundy. The piece comes from the 2016 Missouri Symphony Collaboration Crushing Perceptions.
Couch Ballet: Episode 5
Released May 30
Episode five presented May or May Not, a piece choreographed by Autumn Eckman. Eckman choreographed May or May Not during a time of personal transition, as a relationship was coming to an end. The piece is about a relationship, told through the story of three separate couples. It is meant to illustrate wat it is like the transition through a relationship and all the things that are affected when relationship comes to an end.
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Couch Ballet: Episode 4
Released May 16
Episode four presented Entrenched, a piece from our 2016 LIVE! performance. This piece was choreographed by Karen Mareck Grundy and Joel Hathaway, and will feature music composed by Ivan Trevino, Paul Lansky and Owen Clayton Condon. The costumes for this piece were designed by Deborah Green.
Couch Ballet: Episode 3
Released May 2, 2020
Enjoy the release of the 2013 MCB performance ‘One on One’ choreographed by Bryn Cohn. Stay tuned in after to watch an exclusive interview with the choreographer. Learn about the creation and rehearsal process from the creator herself while enjoying behind the scense rehearsal videos.
Couch Ballet: Episode 2
Released April 18, 2020
Enjoy Couch Ballet: Episode Two In addition to past performance videos, this episode gives you a behind-the-scenes interview with Resident Choreographer Fernando Rodgriguez.
Couch Ballet: Episode 1
Released April 4, 2020
The first ever episode of Couch Ballet features three Missouri Contemporary Ballet world premieres that were recorded in our studio prior to social distancing. These pieces were set to be a part of our spring show, “LIVE!.”