12 / 08 / 2021
A & A Ballet’s production of The Art Deco Nutcracker lavishly illustrates that a dance company need not have a big name to have oversized talent, vision and creativity. The performance last weekend at Athenaeum Theatre featured impressive choreography, stunning costumes and clever reimagining of the holiday season chestnut.
12 / 20 / 2020
CHICAGO — In the world of amateur ballet, each year has a familiar rhythm. Ballet academies hold auditions for “The Nutcracker” in the fall, and as winter approaches the young dancers learn how to be toy soldiers, or angels, or mice. Shortly before Christmas, when the ballet takes place, it’s time to perform.
12 / 9 / 2019
The Art Deco Nutcracker is a fabulously fun frolic of an evening. In true Art Deco style, A&A Ballet has given us a work of dance rooted in the classics but with a firm eye boldly looking into the future. Suffuse with vitality, impressive dance and true joy of the season this ballet is a treasure well set to become a holiday tradition.
A & A’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Review – Outstanding
Entering the 10-story Fine Arts Chicago landmark, soft yellow lighting fills the auditorium, against a sea of red seats, an adorned ceiling looms overhead, as many spectators excitedly wait for the curtains to part while Tchaikovsky’s melodic score commences.
5 / 7 / 2019
Sleeping Beauty – A Study in Youthful Excellence
A & A Ballet, a three-year-old dance school currently housed in the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Ave., is one of those places with the gift of turning raw talent into prodigious proficiency. Actually a combination of experience and skill, that gift comes in the form of the school’s co-founders, Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev.
5 / 1 / 2019
For 'Sleeping Beauty,' a Chicago school puts on a full-length ballet, with teen dancers as the princess
In the summer of 2016, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik formed A&A Ballet. The husband and wife team, originally from Russia, had just lost their positions as directors at the Joffrey Academy and Studio Company. According to Kremnev, the Joffrey Ballet opted to restructure the student division and pre-professional programs, eliminating both their positions in the process.
5 / 2 / 2019
A&A Ballet — a Chicago dance school growing by leaps and bounds
Trinity Santoro not only knows at 14 that she wants to be a professional ballet dancer, but she has already picked out the companies with which she wants to dance: New York’s American Ballet Theatre or London’s Royal Ballet.
12 / 10 / 2018
Review: THE ART DECO NUTCRACKER at A&A Ballet
Part of the challenge with the creation and performance of holiday classics is how to keep them fresh and interesting and entertaining, and yet preserve the essential spirit of the pieces that continue the traditions of the holiday. In a stroke of genius, A&A Ballet choreographer Alexei Kremnev and a titanic cast of 175 talented dancers take the beloved yet all too familiar ballet THE NUTCRACKER, and infuse it with the glamor of the Art Deco era. What results is a gorgeous and thematically fitting reinterpretation, hopefully destined to stake its claim among the legion of Nutcrackers presented every December.
A & A Ballet’s Art Deco Nutcracker Finds Perfect Balance of Charm and Polish
12 / 3 / 2018
Created from a Russian fairy tale and set to music by Tchaikovsky in the early 1890’s, the indispensable Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, wasn’t performed in the United States until 1944. Today, many consider it as much a part of the holiday season as a Christmas tree. Despite its unflagging popularity, the innocence and purity of romance the ballet embodies is not familiar to everyone. A + A Ballet’s appealing and refined production at the Studebaker Theater over the weekend counts as one of the most endearing introductions to this classic as you’re likely to find. For those who’ve seen this holiday staple performed countless times, the A + A performance was so suffuse with youth and impressive dance talent that it would win over even the most critical eye.
12 / 1 / 2018