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Attitude on Santa Fe dinner and performance will showcase three new works choreographed by Colorado Ballet dancers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Colorado Ballet will host the first Attitude on Santa Fe at 6:30 p.m. on September 19 in the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO.  The event will include a three course meal and wine, followed by the performance of three new ballets choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet dancers.

Attitude on Santa Fe is a wonderful opportunity to not only see Colorado Ballet’s dancers perform in our intimate Black Box Theater, but it is also a way to see new works choreographed by the dancers themselves,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “When we moved into our new home on Santa Fe Drive last year, we wanted to showcase new works in our fantastic theater space.  This is the perfect event to see innovative choreography created by three aspiring choreographers.”

Sean Omandam’s new work, Scatterplot will feature ten of Colorado Ballet’s dancers performing to the music of Radicalfashion.  The name of the ballet comes from the statistical term of a summary of two variables of data in which each unique contributes to the point on the scatterplot, but the points are not joined.

Kevin Gaël Thomas’ new ballet, Nostalgia will feature two different pieces of music: "Elegie" by composer Gabriel Faure and "La Memoire et La Mer" from the French singer and poet Leo Ferre.  The ballet features seven dancers.  “The piece portrays the nostalgia of the meaningful moments shared with the people we have met throughout our existence; from the first encounters growing to the passionate moments that eventually fade away…,” said Thomas.

Kevin Hale’s new work, Sinister Love will feature seven of Colorado Ballet’s dancers performing to three songs by Max Richter, “On the Nature of Daylight,” “Sketchbook,” and “November.”  The ballet features a dancer portraying the character of Death, who falls in love with a woman and it gravely impacts the people around her.

Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $75 and seating is limited.  To register, visit www.coloradoballet.org/events

Colorado Ballet plans to host another Attitude on Santa Fe event with different works by Colorado Ballet’s dancers in early 2016.

Colorado Ballet opens its 55th season with romantic classic La Sylphide

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Production will feature principal dancer Maria Mosina in her 20th season with Colorado Ballet

Colorado Ballet opens its 55th season with the romantic ballet La Sylphide, October 2-11, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  La Sylphide features choreography by August Bournonville and music by Herman Severin Løvenskiold, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  

In the ballet, a young betrothed Scotsman pursues a beautiful winged sylph, or spirit.  He is tricked by an evil witch and in his quest for the sylph’s unattainable love, he abandons his fiancée and ultimately loses everything.

La Sylphide demonstrates temptation, loss and loving something you cannot have,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “This production will feature Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Mosina in the main cast as the Slyph.  Mosina is starting her 20th season with Colorado Ballet and she danced the role of the Sylph when the Company last performed La Sylphide in 1996.”

Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Sharon Wehner will also start her 20th season with the Company this fall.  Wehner will star in the main cast of Alice (in Wonderland) in February.  Both dancers will perform other roles this season.

“I wanted to present La Sylphide not only because it has been nearly 20 years since we have performed it, but also because it is one of the most beautiful and romantic ballets of all time,” said Boggs.  “This is a spellbinding tale of betrayal, dark magic and love set in the enchanting woods of Scotland.  Audiences will love this ballet full of woodland spirits, diabolical witches and kilts.”

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2 p.m. 

Ticket prices range from $30 to $155.  To purchase tickets, visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Maria Mosina by Allen Birnbach
Tracy Jones, Francisco Estevez and Dana Benton by Allen Birnbach

 

Registration is open for Colorado Ballet’s fall events

Friday, August 14, 2015

We’re back in full-swing here at Colorado Ballet, and we want you to get involved!  Check out our upcoming fall events.  We'll have more details on all of these events soon.

Attitude on Santa Fe
Saturday, September 19, 2015
6-8:30 p.m.
Armstrong Center for Dance
Cost: $75
Enjoy an elegant three-course dinner and wine followed by a fabulous performance in the black box theater, all for less than a night out on the town!

Behind the Scenes Luncheon – La Sylphide
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kevin Taylor’s at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Cost: $55 ($100 for both 2015-2016 luncheons)
Enjoy lunch, and hear from Principal Dancer Maria Mosina, who is celebrating her 20th season with Colorado Ballet! Then stay for a sneak peek of Colorado Ballet’s upcoming performance of La Sylphide.

Ladies at the Barre – La Sylphide
Friday, October 9, 2015
5:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. performance
Dinner: Nickel Restaurant
Performance: Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Cost: $140
Enjoy a night out with dinner and Colorado Ballet’s performance of La Sylphide!

Click here to register for any of these upcoming events.

Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 Season - Longer commercial

Monday, August 10, 2015


This is a longer video for Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season. The season includes La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland) and Ballet Director's Choice. Visit http://coloradoballet.org.

The video includes Colorado Ballet dancers Dana Benton, Tracy Jones, Francisco Estevez, Maria Mosina and Kevin Gaël Thomas.

Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 Season Commercial

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

This is the 15 second commercial for Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season. The season will include La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland) and Ballet Director's Choice. Visit www.coloradoballet.org.

The video features Colorado Ballet dancers Dana Benton, Francisco Estevez, Maria Mosina and Kevin Gaël Thomas.

Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market seeks artisans and craft vendors for 2015 event

Monday, August 03, 2015

Colorado Ballet is seeking artisans and craft vendors to participate in the first annual Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, which will take place November 5-8, 2015 in a heated tent in Skyline Park in Downtown Denver at 16th and Arapahoe Streets.

The market will consist of an upscale retail market, with additional artisan and high-end craft booths.  In addition to the holiday market, Colorado Ballet will host other events and activities including a private kick-off cocktail party, four Breakfast with Santa events, a food court with a variety of food trucks, and live music by local chorale and music groups.

“Colorado Ballet takes great pride in hosting our first annual Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, which will kick-off the holiday season in Denver,” said Sarah Treviño-Anderson, Colorado Ballet Special Events and Boutique Manager.  “The Nutcracker Market will showcase the best Denver has to offer for holiday gift ideas with great entertainment and holiday festivities.”

The event will be held annually during the first weekend of November in Downtown Denver and will benefit Colorado Ballet and its affiliate programs.

For more information on becoming a vendor, contact Sarah Treviño-Anderson, Special Events and Boutique Manager, at 303-339-1717 or sarah.trevino-anderson@coloradoballet.org.

For more information on the Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, visit www.coloradoballet.org/nutcrackermarket.

Nutcracker Market

Beware of ticket scammers!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Single tickets to Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season went on sale on July 15 and we wanted to remind our patrons to beware of ticket scammers.  Colorado Ballet sells tickets on our own website, www.coloradoballet.org and through our partners at Altitude Tickets (formerly known as TicketHorse), www.altitudetickets.com.  We encourage patrons to only buy tickets through these two websites.  Occasionally, we will also sell tickets to select performances through Goldstar, Travelzoo and LivingSocial.

Colorado Ballet does not partner with or endorse other ticketing services and we cannot guarantee the quality of ticketing services through other ticketing vendors.  We have heard complaints from patrons who have purchased through other sites, especially when it comes to extra fees.  Please be aware that Colorado Ballet does not charge additional fees when you select the print-at-home option on our website.  So, a $30 ticket is only $30 through print-at-home.  (The only additional ticketing fees we charge are for mailed tickets, will call or exchanges.)

Here are the 2015-2016 ticket prices:

  • Pointe Circle - $155
  • Spotlight Circle - $120
  • A Seating - $90
  • B Seating - $75
  • C Seating - $50
  • D Seating - $30

If a ticketing vendor wants to charge you much higher prices for these tickets or add on exorbitant handling fees, be suspicious!  We want our patrons to have a great experience before and during performances, so don't be fooled by ticket scammers.

We hope you enjoy Colorado Ballet this season!  Get your tickets today as shows and price levels will sell out (some price levels of The Nutcracker are already running out of seats).  Click here to purchase tickets for our 2015-2016 season: La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland), and Ballet Director's Choice.

Check out our 15/16 promotional images!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tracy Jones, Francisco Estevez and Dana Benton for "La Sylphide"

Francisco Estevez for "The Nutcracker"

Maria Mosina for "Alice (in Wonderland)"

Dana Benton and Kevin Gaël Thomas for "Ballet Director's Choice"

All photos are by Allen Birnbach.

Colorado Ballet dancer will take over our social media channels during the Vail International Dance Festival

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Be sure to follow Colorado Ballet's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts this weekend and next weekend when our dancer Tracy Jones does a social media takeover during the Vail International Dance Festival!  See what life is like for our dancers behind the scenes up in Vail!

Facebook: facebook.com/colorado.ballet
Twitter: twitter.com/ColoradoBallet
Instagram: instagram.com/colorado.ballet

Tracy Jones by Francisco Estevez Photography

Colorado Ballet promotes Corps de Ballet dancer to Soloist, adds new Principal and four new Corps de Ballet dancers

Monday, July 27, 2015

Colorado Ballet promoted one of its Corps de Ballet dancers to Soloist dancer, added a new Principal and four new Corps de Ballet members for a total of 30 professional Company dancers.

At the end of the 2014-2015 season, Artistic Director Gil Boggs promoted Francisco Estevez from Corps de Ballet to Soloist.  Born in Quito, Ecuador, Estevez moved to the U.S. in 1995.  He began his ballet training in Louisville, Kentucky and finished his professional training at the School of American Ballet in New York where he also performed featured roles with the New York City Ballet.  He graduated in 2008 and danced with Boston Ballet and Barcelona Ballet before joining Colorado Ballet during the 2012-2013 season.

With the retirement of two Principals at the end of the 2014-2015 season, Boggs brought on Yosvani Ramos as a new Principal this season.

Ramos was born in Camagüey, Cuba and trained at the National Ballet School, dancing with Jeune Ballet de France and Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris after winning the Gold Medal at the Paris International Ballet Competition in 1998. He joined English National Ballet as a Soloist in 1999 and was promoted to Senior Soloist in 2000, then Principal Dancer in 2003. He danced with ENB until 2008 when he joined The Australian Ballet as a Principal Artist, where he remained until April 2013.  He danced at the XVIII International Ballet Festival in Miami in September 2013, spent several months guesting with companies in Europe and the USA and joined the Cincinnati Ballet as principal dancer in July 2014.  He joins Colorado Ballet for the 2015-2016 season as a Principal Dancer.

Colorado Ballet’s new Corps de Ballet dancers include: Mackenzie Dessens, formerly with Cincinnati Ballet’s second company; Megan Dillon, who previously danced Charlotte Ballet 2 and Ballet Met 2; Sarah Tryon, formerly with Sarasota Ballet; and Bryce Lee, who danced in Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company before his promotion into the Company.

Click here to learn more about the Company dancers.

More than half of Colorado Ballet’s Company dancers will perform at the Vail International Dance Festival on August 2, 9 and 10.  Colorado Ballet’s dancers will also perform at An Evening under the Stars on August 22 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  The Company will officially open the 2015-2016 season with La Sylphide on October 2 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

In addition to the new dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers will join the professional Company dancers this season for the productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Colorado Ballet's Studio Company is a pre-professional training opportunity for dancers with the potential and desire to become professional dancers.

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