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All about Serenade: video interview

Monday, January 16, 2017

This video features an interview with repetiteur Viki Psihoyos and artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Serenade for the upcoming Ballet MasterWorks production.

Colorado Ballet will present a collection of three master ballet works to live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra in Ballet MasterWorks, February 17-26, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Ballet MasterWorks includes Firebird, by choreographer Yuri Possokhov and music by Igor Stravinsky.  The production will also feature Serenade, choreographed by George Balanchine to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C.”  Rounding out the program, Colorado Ballet will perform Petite Mort by choreographer Jiří Kylián and music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Behind the ballet: Serenade

Friday, January 13, 2017

 
Serenade, sponsored by Dave Andrews, is one of three acclaimed works featured in the upcoming Ballet MasterWorks.  According to The George Balanchine Trust, Serenade originated as a lesson in stage technique. Overtime, Balanchine worked unexpected rehearsal events into the choreography. When one student fell, he incorporated it. Another day, a student arrived late, and this too became part of the ballet. The ballet was reworked several times. In its present form there are four movements — “Sonatina,” “Waltz,” “Russian Dance,” and “Elegy.” The last two movements reverse the order of Tchaikovsky’s score, ending the ballet on a note of sadness.

 

 

Denver Ballet Guild Presents
Ballet MasterWorks

February 17-26, 2017

Ellie Caulkins Opera House

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Colorado Ballet presents Ballet MasterWorks 2017

Monday, January 09, 2017

Colorado Ballet will present a collection of three master ballet works to live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra in Ballet MasterWorks, February 17-26, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

  

“Colorado Ballet performed Ballet MasterWorks productions in 2013 and 2015 and this new collection of works in 2017 will highlight the tremendous talent our dancers and musicians have to offer,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “It is so important that we present a collection of master works every two years because it challenges our dancers and showcases their artistry and elegance.”

  

Ballet MasterWorks includes Firebird, by choreographer Yuri Possokhov, Choreographer in Residence for the San Francisco Ballet and music by Igor Stravinsky.  The ballet is based on the Russian folklore tale of the Firebird, a magical bird with dazzling glowing feathers who helps a prince rescue a beautiful maiden from an evil sorcerer.

 

The production will also feature Serenade, choreographed by George Balanchine to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C.”  Serenade was the first original ballet Balanchine created in America and includes unexpected events from the first rehearsals into the choreography.  The ballet includes 28 dancers in blue costumes in front of a blue background and according to the Balanchine Trust, the ballet is a milestone in the history of dance.

 

Rounding out the program, Colorado Ballet will perform Petite Mort by choreographer Jiří Kylián and music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Kylián created Petite Mort for the Salzburg Festival on the second centenary of Mozart’s death and according to his website, he based the choreography on two slow movements of two of Mozart’s most famous piano concertos.  He said that in the moment of ecstasy or pleasure, people are reminded of the fact that life is short and death is relatively close.  This is the first time that Colorado Ballet will present a Kylián ballet.

 

“There is a reason why Ballet MasterWorks is the dancers’ favorite production of the year artistically,” said Boggs.  “Where else can you see FirebirdSerenade and Petite Mort in one production with powerful live music?  Ballet MasterWorks also shows the caliber of dancing that audiences can see in Denver; proving that you do not need to go to New York or San Francisco to see ballet of this quality.”

 

To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.  This production is sponsored by the Denver Ballet Guild.

 

Performance dates and times:

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Maria Mosina by Allen Birnbach

Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Dana Benton

Sunday, January 08, 2017


Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Principal Dana Benton
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Colorado Ballet presents The Little Mermaid

Friday, January 06, 2017

Colorado Ballet will close out its 2016-2017 season with the children’s classic The Little Mermaid, March 31-April 2, 2017 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, with choreography by Tony Award nominated choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett and original music by composer Michael Moricz.  The score includes narration and lyrics with the music to enhance the telling of the story. This production will also open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, choreographed by Clark Tippet featuring a vibrant violin ensemble composed by Max Bruch.  Only a handful of tickets remain!  Click here for more information.

This video includes Dana Benton.

Colorado Ballet presents Ballet MasterWorks

Monday, January 02, 2017
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Colorado Ballet will present a collection of three master ballet works to live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra in Ballet MasterWorks, February 17-26, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Ballet MasterWorks includes includes Firebird, by choreographer Yuri Possokhov and music by Igor Stravinsky. The production will also feature Serenade choreographed by George Balanchine to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C.” Colorado Ballet is extremely excited to present a work by choreographer Jiří Kylián for the first time—rounding out the program with Petite Mort by Kylián with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Click here for more information.

Ballet MasterWorks is presented by the Denver Ballet Guild.

This video features Maria Mosina. 

Beyond The Barre: Sarah Tryon

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I sat down with Sarah Tryon, a corps de ballet member with Colorado Ballet last week. She is tiny in stature but big and bold in personality. She quickly puts you at ease with her infectious laughter. Sarah is from a small town in Ontario, Canada and was accepted to train at Canada’s National Ballet School at the age of 11.  Since then, she has trained in places from Zurich, Switzerland to New York City. She is in her second season with Colorado Ballet.

KH: Out of all the places you have lived, what’s been your favorite?

ST: Here definitely, work wise and rep wise and boss wise.  New York City was amazing but Colorado feels more like home and I love living by the mountains.

KH: How did you know you wanted to dance ballet?

ST: I honestly got sick of sports and I wanted to try something new and I just kept with it.

KH: What kind of sports were you in?

ST: Baseball and hockey. I was also in Boy Scouts because it was co-ed in Canada.

KH: What do you eat for breakfast?

ST: Every morning I have a toasted bagel with cream cheese and tomato on top and two cups of coffee. And I’ll eat half a protein bar in between classes.

KH: Coffee or tea?

ST: Coffee, of course, every time. Just with cream.

KH: What are three words to describe you?

ST: Silly, generally shy, that’s when the silly comes out and adventurous.

KH: Have you been on any adventures lately?

ST: Not lately, because Nutcracker season's busy, but normally during the summer I’m in the mountains like every single weekend somewhere.

KH: What are you doing for the holiday break?

ST: I’m going to Vancouver! I’ve never been to the West Coast of Canada and I’m really excited. My friend and I are going up to Whistler and taking snowboarding school. We’ve been dancing our whole lives, so we never got a chance to actually do it.  So we thought it would be really funny if the two of us joined forces, laughing at each other trying to snowboard. Going to wear a lot of padding!

KH: Do you have any hidden talents?

ST: I’m a sharp shooter. A friend’s dad took me shooting in Florida over Thanksgiving when I was working down there and I discovered that I hit the bulls-eye every time, I had no idea. I’ve never been around guns before because they are illegal to own in Canada outside of a hunting rifle, so I was terrified. Eventually I worked up the courage and I just happened to get the bulls-eye every single time.

KH: I won’t mess with you! What is the biggest misconception about being a professional ballet dancer?

ST: That we’re not athletes. People like to say it’s not as hard as football or hockey but it’s actually just as strenuous, just in a different way. We’re a high performance sport but we also have to look beautiful while doing it, which adds another element of difficulty to it.

KH: What’s your favorite recipe to cook?

ST: It’s not a recipe, but I really love to cook steak. I eat it like three times a week. Also, another favorite is a recipe from my friend. It’s a quiche with spinach, watercress and smoked salmon! It’s delicious!

KH: What’s your favorite movie?

ST: You’re going to laugh at me again, (as she whispers) Inglorious Basterds

KH: Oh, that’s such a great movie!

ST: It’s such a great movie. I love Tarantino, he’s amazing because I am really squeamish, but when it comes to Tarantino it’s so overdone that I can sit through and watch it. Like the guy gets his head blown off and I’m like oh yea, that’s normal. I watched it three times in a row when I first saw it over Christmas break.

KH: What’s your jam? What’s your guilty pleasure song?

ST: “Shake it off,” by Taylor Swift. It helps me cope with stress, just shake it off.

KH: Finish this sentence: you haven’t really lived if:

ST: You haven’t traveled. I spent a month in Italy this summer with a friend.

KH: What did you do? What was a highlight?

ST: Horse backing in Florence through vineyards because I’ve never been horseback riding and it was terrifying. I also didn’t know the physical commands, but they also only understood Italian because they're Italian horses and my horse would just veer off into a field and I would just yell “help, I don’t know how to turn my horse around.”

KH: Yea, horses are fun but intimidating. I went horseback riding this September and the guy who owned the horses said, “their just like big dogs” and for some reason when he said that it changed my mind-set and was like, “Oh I can handle this.”

ST: I wish someone would have said that to me! I kept thinking this is a massive beast that weighs 20 times as much as I do and could crush me if he pumps me off, that’s what was going through my head.

KH: Finish this sentence: A ballerina walked into a bar and:

ST: I mean like, a ballerina walked up to a bar and started doing plies. Such a dad joke!

KH: What inspires you to push past your limits?

ST: All the teachers that told me I wouldn’t be a dancer.

KH: What’s a highlight of 2016?

ST: My trip to Italy with a friend I haven’t seen in five years.

KH: What words do you live by? (Life motto)

ST: Persevere and laugh a lot! And wine!

KH: What would you tell your 10-year-old self?

ST: Trust your instincts, definitely! For me personally, whenever I’ve trusted my gut feeling, it's always worked out for the best for me rather than listening and then questioning and second-guessing stuff that people are telling me from the outside.

KH: You just finished The Nutcracker, what will you do first?

ST: Bottle of wine! Well I’m going to hightail it to the airport and land in Vancouver and have a bottle of wine with my friend.

KH: What are you looking forward to for 2017?

ST: I am looking forward to two of my best friends' weddings, and a road trip with my family on the West Coast. Also, I’m really looking forward to Serenade because so far I’m cast as Dark Angel and that’s typically a tall dancer's part and it’s something I thought I would never dance because of my height, so it was a surprise.

Summer Intensive 2017 - Colorado Ballet

Friday, December 23, 2016

Under the direction of Valerie Madonia, the Colorado Ballet Academy offers a Summer Intensive program for the serious intermediate dancer through to pre-professional levels. The 2017 intensive will run from June 19 to July 22 for a five week session; two, three and five week sessions will be available. With internationally renowned master teachers and our own highly regarded school faculty, our program offers classes designed to provide far reaching improvement for each student. Focus is placed on developing the whole dancer by offering classes according to level in ballet technique, pointe, men’s class, variations, pas de deux, modern, contemporary, character, Pilates, body conditioning as well as lectures on injury prevention, nutrition, Anatomy in Clay©, and dance history. * Please note not all class are available for the entire program.

 

Visit http://coloradoballet.org/summer.

Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker Named Best-Loved Nutcracker in the Nation

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Colorado Ballet has won the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, the only Award which honors live performances of the seasonal classic. As winner of the audience-favorite competition, Colorado Ballet takes home "The Nutty" statuette, a cash prize for its education programs, and is named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. Colorado Ballet competed in the largest field of nominees in the Award’s history -- it beat out over 80 other Nutcracker-themed productions.

 

“It is truly an honor to have Colorado Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker named as the best loved Nutcracker in the US this year!  I’m extremely proud of our dancers, musicians, production team and staff who have worked tirelessly to put on 28 performances this season,” says Artistic Director, Gil Boggs.  “Winning this honor proves that even after 56 seasons, our production of The Nutcracker continues to be as popular as ever, enchanting sold-out audiences year after year.  We could not do this without the amazing support of our patrons—thank you for voting for our production of The Nutcracker.  At Colorado Ballet, we delight in presenting a timeless story filled with tradition, humor and holiday magic!”

 

Colorado Ballet's 56th annual production of The Nutcracker features more than 300 costumes, 31 company dancers, 25 studio company dancers, 76 academy dancers, scenery by José Varona and timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 56 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Community Engagement programs.  

  

For 10 years, The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award has been the only nationwide award for live Nutcracker-themed performances, showcasing the astounding quality and variety of Nutcracker productions each year -- from classic ballet to hip-hop, burlesque and more. Created by live entertainment ticket seller Goldstar (www.goldstar.com) the competition is based solely on Goldstar purchasers' post-show ratings to rank Nutcracker productions in order of audience favorite.

 

"We’ve been encouraging people to show love for their very favorite productions all across the country, and it’s very clear, Colorado Ballet’s Nutcracker is the crowd favorite," says Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy. "We’d like to congratulate the entire company and crew for their remarkable work."

 

Celebrating 10 Years of The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award Winners:

 

2016       Colorado Ballet

                The Nutcracker

2015       The Joffrey Ballet

               Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

2014       MBS Productions   The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: A Bur-less-Q Nutcracker!

2013       Debbie Allen Dance Academy

               The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

2012       The Joffrey Ballet

                Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

2011       The Joffrey Ballet

                Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

2010       Debbie Allen Dance Academy

                The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

2009       Boston Ballet

                 Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker

2008       Kirov Ballet

                 The Nutcracker

2007       The House Theater of Chicago

                 The Nutcracker 

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson


CPR Story - Tchaikovksy's 'Nutcracker': A Seasonal Tradition For Colorado Ballet

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Colorado Public Radio interviewed Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs and Music Director & Principal Conductor Adam Flatt about The Nutcracker and Tchaikovsky.  Click here to listen to the story.
Dana Benton and Francisco Estevez by Mike Watson

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