Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs announced the 2015-2016
season, which will feature Colorado and world premiere ballets, a
production the Company has not performed in 20 years, and the 55th
annual production of The Nutcracker.
Colorado Ballet opens its 55th season with the romantic ballet La Sylphide, October 2-11, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
This ballet features choreography by August Bournonville and music by
Herman Severin Løvenskiold, performed live by the Colorado Ballet
Orchestra. Bournonville choreographed La Sylphide in 1836,
making it one of the oldest surviving ballets. In the production, a
young Scotsman pursues a beautiful, bewitching winged sylph, or spirit.
“The Company last performed La Sylphide in
1996 and I wanted to present it this season because it is one of the
most beautiful, romantic ballets of all time,” said Boggs. “In his quest
for the unattainable love of the sylph, the young Scotsman abandons his
fiancé and ultimately loses everything. The ballet demonstrates
temptation, loss and loving something you cannot have.”
The season continues with The Nutcracker, November 28 through December 27, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Nutcracker features
more than 300 costumes, 30 Company dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers,
65 Academy dancers, scenery by José Varona and timeless choreography
paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by
the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
“Colorado Ballet’s enchanting presentation of The Nutcracker is
the largest production of the holiday favorite in Colorado,” said
Boggs. “Do not wait to purchase your tickets to watch Clara and the
Nutcracker Prince’s magical wintertime journey to the delicious Land of
Sweets. Nearly every performance was sold out during in 2014, so we
encourage patrons to buy their tickets early.”
In the spring, Colorado Ballet will fall down the rabbit hole for the Colorado premiere of Alice (in Wonderland), February 19-28, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and
“Through the Looking-Glass,” the ballet includes choreography by Septime
Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado
Ballet Orchestra. Alice (in Wonderland) first premiered in 2012
and the choreography merges traditional ballet movements with
contemporary ballroom, modern and hip-hop steps.
“This isn’t your typical, classical storybook children’s ballet. Alice (in Wonderland)
is a charming theatrical extravaganza with colorful costumes, whimsical
sets and a wide variety of dance styles,” said Boggs. “Come watch the
adventures of Alice in a strange land filled with eccentric and
entertaining characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious
Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and the wicked
Queen of Hearts.”
Colorado Ballet will close its season with a collection of contemporary premieres in Ballet Director’s Choice, March 25-27, 2016 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
Renowned contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh will be doing a work
for the Company. Walsh is a former Principal Dancer and Choreographer
with Houston Ballet and founder of contemporary ballet company, Dominic
Walsh Dance Theater. The repertory will also include the premiere of a
tango-inspired ballet by choreographer Lorita Travaglia. In addition to
her work as Ballet Mistress at Colorado Ballet, Travaglia is the
Creative Director of Parasol Arts, a non-profit organization that takes
inspiration from the art of Argentine Tango. The production will
include a third work to be announced at another date.
“Ballet Director’s Choice
highlights the talents of Colorado Ballet’s dancers through a diverse
selection of new works,” said Boggs. “Audiences will see a range of
different dancing styles, from contemporary to Tango, all in one amazing
performance. Ballet Director’s Choice is the perfect production to debut exciting world premiere ballets with our extremely talented Company.”
Season subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets will be on sale July 15. Visit www.coloradoballet.org for more information.
In addition to the season productions, Colorado Ballet will also perform at the Vail International Dance Festival on August 2 and August 10, 2015.
This is the first time since 2011 that the Company has performed at the
festival. In addition, Colorado Ballet will perform at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts on August 22, 2015. The Company will also present an encore of its Ballet Director’s Choice in April 2016 at the Lone Tree Arts Center. For more information on these additional performances, visit www.coloradoballet.org.
Dana Benton in "The Nutcracker," photo by Mike Watson