Louisville Ballet Shines At BD2011

| August 31, 2011
Louisville Ballet dancers with BD Creatvie Director Douglas Riddle and Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson.

Louisville Ballet dancers with BD Creatvie Director Douglas Riddle and Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson.

Inspiration can come when you least expect it. When you’re not really looking for it, the creative process can motivate an artist.

For Douglas Riddle an evening spent with the Louisville Ballet was enough to nourish the soul, sharpen his creativity and provide inspiration for The Voice-Tribune’s Best Dressed of Louisville Presented by Churchill Downs.

So when Douglas asked Bruce Simpson, the ballet’s artistic director, and Adam Hougland, principle choreographer, to showcase a ballet performance at BD2011, the result was a resounding success.

Both Simpson and Hougland bring decades of ballet experience on the national and international level. The highly technical form of dance performed by skilled artists is typically not showcased outside the arena in which they train. But the level of commitment and pure love of creating something extraordinary proved to be powerful and able to captivate the 600-plus guests at BD2011.

It was not until after the ballet’s performance on Saturday evening that I fully grasped what an honor it was to be in the company of such grandness. It is something I will savor for some time to come.

photos by JACOB ZIMMER, SCOTT HENSON, MAX SHARP AND KIMBERLY MCLELLAN

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