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Ballet Masterworks: Maria Mosina Firebird interview

Monday, February 06, 2017

This is an interview with Maria Mosina and features rehearsal footage of Maria and Artists of Colorado Ballet.

  

For more information, visit http://coloradoballet.org.

Behind the ballet: Petite Mort

Friday, February 03, 2017


Petite Mort

 

“Petite Mort” is a poetic, and strangely significant way of describing the ecstasy of sexual relations. In French, and in some other languages, this sensation is described as “small death.”

 

Prague-born dancer, Jiří Kylián, created Petite Mort for the Nederlands Dans Theater and had its world premiere at the Salzburg Festival on August 23, 1991 at the Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Germany.  The choreography includes six men, six women and six foils. The foils have the function to be actual dance partners, and, at times, seem more unruly and obstinate than a partner of flesh and blood. They visualize a symbolism, which is more present than a story line.  Aggression, sensuality, energy, silence, cultivated senselessness and vulnerability all play a significant part.  

Courtesy of www.jirikylian.com.

  

Watch the Netherlands Dans Theater perform Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort:

Artist Spotlight: Francisco Estevez

Monday, January 30, 2017

A profile of Colorado Ballet soloist Francisco Estevez.

 

This video features Francisco Estevez, Dana Benton, Sharon Wehner, and Artists of Colorado Ballet.

Behind the ballet: Firebird

Friday, January 27, 2017
Maria Mosina by Allen Birnbach

The story of Firebird


 PART 1

Firebird, a story finding its roots in Russian folktales is full of love and magic. It tells the story of Prince Ivan, lost in the forest of the evil and immortal Kastchei. Prince Ivan spots a magnificent creature picking golden apples and he captures her. The creature is the Firebird. Desperate for her release, the Firebird gives him a magic feather in exchange for her freedom.  

  

PART 2

Leaving Prince Ivan alone in the forest he discovers an old castle belonging to Kastchei where 13 enchanted princesses must stay under his spell as his captives. Ivan falls in love with one of the princesses, Tsarevna and promises to find a way to break the spell. Following them back to the castle as dawn breaks a bell rings out and Kastchei and his evil servants appear.

PART 3

Kastchei tries to turn Prince Ivan into stone but just in time he remembers the magic feather and summons the Firebird. Instantly she appears and casts a spell on Kastchei forcing them into a deep sleep. As they sleep, Firebird tells Ivan that there is a great egg that holds Kastchei’s soul, if it’s not broken he will remain immortal forever. Finding the egg, Ivan throws it to the ground and breaks the spell. The princesses celebrate their freedom and Prince Ivan and Tsarevna realize their love for one another and the two marry.  

  

Photos: Chandra Kuykendall, Domenico Luciano, and Artists of Colorado Ballet


 

Click here to watch Igor Stravinsky conduct a piece from Firebird

Click here to watch a clip from San Francisco Ballet performing Firebird:

All performances for Colorado Ballet’s season closer The Little Mermaid are sold out

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Colorado Ballet has sold out all five performances of the 2016-2017 season closer The Little Mermaid.  The production will run March 31-April 2, 2017 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts and will open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1.

“We knew The Little Mermaid would be popular, but could not have predicted that we would sell out the production months in advance,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “A few months ago, we even added a fifth performance, but that performance is also completely sold out.  We are close to wrapping up our most successful ticket sales season of all time and the early sell-out of The Little Mermaid has contributed to that achievement.”

The Little Mermaid features 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.  Carolina Ballet premiered this version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story in 2012.  The production will open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, choreographed by Clark Tippet featuring a vibrant violin ensemble composed by Max Bruch.

"Even though the season closer is sold out, audiences still have one more opportunity to see Colorado Ballet perform this season during Ballet MasterWorks, February 17-26 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House,” said Boggs.  “This stunning production includes Firebird, Serenade and Petite Mort performed with live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and should not be missed.  Ballet MasterWorks is always the dancers’ favorite production because it demonstrates their artistry and athleticism."

To purchase tickets for Ballet MasterWorks, visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Colorado Ballet will have two small performances featuring new works during Attitude on Santa Fe March 10-11 in its Black Box Theater.  The Company will also announce its lineup for the 2017-2018 season in February.

Dana Benton by Allen Birnbach

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
coloradoballet.org

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.

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