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 Post subject: NASCAR Takes Up Ballet
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 5:39 am 
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NASCAR Takes Up Ballet
Washington Post
Thursday, April 8, 2004; Page D02
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Jenefer Davies Mansfield wants to make one thing clear: Ward Burton will not be wearing a tutu.

The NASCAR driver will, however, be on hand for the debut of Mansfield's NASCAR Ballet next weekend in Roanoke. Burton will help television newscaster Mike Stevens provide live commentary during the Roanoke Ballet Theatre's performance, which should cause blue-blooded dilettantes to blow a few gaskets. Twenty unitard-clad dancers, representing stock cars, will "gracefully careen" around a banked horseshoe-shaped track for 90 minutes, according to the ballet's Web site.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 1:01 pm 
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"Dance and NASCAR racing...just aren't that different." -- Jenefer Davies Mansfield, on tonight's "All Things Considered"

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 Post subject: Re: NASCAR Takes Up Ballet
PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 10:32 pm 
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I'm consolidating two topics:

S. E. Arnold posted 09 April 2004 05:09 PM
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The Roanoke Ballet Theatre is mounting a three hour long performance based on a or many NASCAR events Thusrday, April 15, evening and agian Saturday, April 17, twice. If one googles either the "NASCAR Ballet" or the "RBT" information on when and where and prices can be found.

Are there any CD members going? If so, it would be interesting to hear how this work looks, sounds, and feels.

Cheers, sea

<small>[ 10 April 2004, 12:33 AM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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 Post subject: Re: NASCAR Takes Up Ballet
PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2004 1:09 am 
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This story is getting a lot of publicity:

Ballet dancers turn into NASCAR race cars
Associated Press

ROANOKE, Va. - The race has gone for almost an hour, and dancers in bright jumpsuits have started to collide in their midair leaps like a squadron of misfit superheroes.

Choreographer Jenny Mansfield frowns. They're supposed to look like race cars, she says, not superheroes. Two weeks before the debut of her new ballet, her dancers still haven't mastered the part.

"C'mon, you've got to get your arms right," she calls out, demonstrating with a complex twist and flex of her wrist.

Dancing ballet in this small Southern city of 95,000 can be a mind-bending experience. Hoping to reach a wider audience in Virginia's Appalachian highlands, Mansfield's Roanoke Ballet Theatre company has had dancers pirouette to bluegrass music and prance along the sides of buildings, suspended from ropes.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2004 2:34 pm 
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Roanoke Ballet gears up for its own version of NASCAR

By BILL FLEISCHMAN
The Philadelphia Inquirer
April 15, 2004

Twenty dancers representing cars will perform on a 40-foot banked track. Keeping with NASCAR tradition, the dancers will wear logos of the theater's sponsors on their unitards. Yes, the dancers will crash into each other.
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