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Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs promoted Corps de Ballet dancers Morgan Buchanan and Kevin Gaël Thomas to Soloists. In addition, Boggs promoted two Studio Company dancers to Apprentices, for a total of 30 professional Company dancers for the 2016-2017 season.
“I couldn’t be more proud of all our Colorado Ballet dancers and I’m also excited about the roster changes for this coming season,” said Boggs.
About Morgan Buchanan
Originally from Houston, Texas, Morgan Buchanan trained at the Ballet Center of Houston and at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy. She also attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet and Houston Ballet. She joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company in 2009, was promoted into the Company in 2011 and promoted to Soloist in 2016. Her notable roles with Colorado Ballet include Wendy in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan, Vitality Fairy and Jewels in The Sleeping Beauty, Moyna in Giselle, Autumn Fairy and Fairy Godmother in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, First Passerby in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, and Effie in La Sylphide.
|Morgan Buchanan by Allen Birnbach
About Kevin Gaël Thomas
Kevin Gaël Thomas is from France and studied at Rosella Hightower’s International Ballet Center and at Canada’s National Ballet School. After graduation, he danced for a year with Houston Ballet II, joined Colorado Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Soloist in 2016. His notable roles at Colorado Ballet include Fritz, Russian and the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, Blue Bird and Jewels in The Sleeping Beauty, the Whip Boy in Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring, Jester in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Peter in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan, Puck in Christopher Wheeldon's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the title role in Michael Smuin’s Peter and the Wolf, the first sailor in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, and Gurn in La Sylphide.
|Kevin Gaël Thomas by Allen Birnbach
Boggs also promoted Regan Kucera and Tyler Rhoads to Apprentices in the Company. Kucera and Rhoads had both danced with the Studio Company for the last two seasons. Kucera studied at International Ballet Academy in Cary, NC and at summer programs at American Ballet Theatre New York, Orlando Ballet and Saratoga Springs. Rhoads is from Midland, TX and trained at Midland Festival Ballet, the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL, and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
|Regan Kucera by Francisco Estevez Photography
|Tyler Rhoads by Francisco Estevez Photography|
In addition to the new Company dancers, 22 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.
Colorado Ballet’s Company dancers will perform at An Evening under the Stars on August 20 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater. The Company will officially open the 2016-2017 season with Swan Lake on October 7 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
Colorado Ballet will perform a collection of classical and contemporary works at An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 20, 2016 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO 80003.
An Evening under the Stars will feature excerpts from upcoming and past productions including the Swan Lake pas de trois and Black Swan pas de deux, Light Rain pas de deux, It's Not a Cry pas de deux as well as other classical and contemporary works. The performance will close with the tango-inspired ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires by choreographer and Colorado Ballet’s Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia. The Angel of Buenos Aires made its world premiere with Colorado Ballet in March 2016 and features music by Piazzolla.
“Colorado Ballet kicks off the season every year with An Evening under the Stars at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “This fun summer performance includes selections from ballets we have presented in the past, ones that are coming up and works that highlight the dancers’ artistry in a relaxed, outdoor venue. Plus, we are excited to perform an encore of the romantic tango ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires, for patrons who missed it earlier this year or for individuals who want to see it again.”
Tickets range from $15 to $44. Patrons who use promo code BALLET will receive 20 percent off covered seating tickets. This promotion is not valid on lawn seats and expires on August 6. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.arvadacenter.org.
|Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Angel of Buenos Aires" by Mike Watson
|Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Angel of Buenos Aires" by Mike Watson|
|Chandra Kuykendall and Alexei Tyukov in "Light Rain" by Mike Watson
|Sharon Wehner and Francisco Estevez in "It's Not a Cry" by Mike Watson
Single tickets went on sale today for Colorado Ballet’s 56th season, which will include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Ballet MasterWorks at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and The Little Mermaid at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
Colorado Ballet opens its 56th season with Swan Lake, October 7-23, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. This ballet features the original choreography after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, set and updated by former American Ballet Theatre principals Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner and Sandra Brown, Ballet Mistress for Colorado Ballet. Swan Lake features Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic score performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Colorado Ballet’s production will be presented in four acts with two intermissions.
The season continues with The Nutcracker, November 26 through December 24, 2016 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.
In the spring, 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, 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 creature who assists Prince Ivan Tsarevich in rescuing the maiden Tsarevna from Kashchei the 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 is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertory. 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. Kylián created this ballet for the Salzburg Festival on the second centenary of Mozart’s death.
Colorado Ballet will close out its 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. The Little Mermaid includes 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. 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.
Tickets range from $30 to $155. Visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2. In an effort to cut down on the number of ticket scammers buying Colorado Ballet tickets and reselling them at much higher prices, the print-at-home option for tickets will not be available until approximately one month before each production opens. Until then, Colorado Ballet will send paper copies of tickets in the mail at no additional charge to ticket buyers.
In addition to the season productions, Colorado Ballet will perform An Evening under the Stars at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater on August 20, 2016. This performance will feature excerpts from upcoming and past productions, other classical and contemporary works and will close with the tango-inspired ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires, which premiered in March 2016. For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.
For the second season in a row, Colorado Ballet will also have two Attitude on Santa Fe productions in its Black Box Theater during the season. Attitude on Santa Fe features three original works choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet dancers. The Company will present two Attitude on Santa Fe performances in September 2016 and two performances with different works in March 2017. Information on these performances will be available soon on Colorado Ballet’s website.
The Colorado Ballet Academy opened online registration for the 2016-2017 session of dance classes for children and adults. The session begins on August 22 and includes the Ballet Program, Pre-professional Division and Adult and Teen Open Program.
The Ballet Program includes dance classes for toddlers through teens in creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet, tap, modern, jazz, yoga, Pilates and more.
Colorado Ballet Academy students registered for the 2016-2017 session will have the opportunity to audition for roles in Colorado Ballet’s 2016 production of The Nutcracker and 2017 production of The Little Mermaid. In addition, students in various levels will have the opportunity to participate in the Academy winter performance of Les Patineurs and the Academy spring performance of Coppélia.
Colorado Ballet’s Pre-Professional Division provides a necessary base to ease the transition from student to professional dancer in a focused, nurturing environment. In a small and personal setting of up to 15 dancers, students participate in 28 hours of class per week, Monday-Saturday. The audition-only program is geared toward developing the whole artist offering classes beyond dance technique to create well-rounded dancers ready for the professional ballet world. For more information about auditioning, visit www.coloradoballet.org/preprofessional.
In addition to the Ballet Program and Pre-professional Division, the Academy offers an Adult and Teen Open Program with classes for various skill levels in ballet.
All classes will take place at Colorado Ballet’s studios at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, in Denver, CO.
For more information about fall classes or auditions, visit www.coloradoballet.org/academy.
|Colorado Ballet Academy students by Francisco Estevez Photography|
Colorado Ballet's last few seasons have been the most successful in our Company's history, but because of the popularity of many of our productions, ticket scammers have picked up on this and each season, more and more of them have been buying lower-priced tickets early in the season and reselling them at much higher prices. We have seen our $30 and $50 tickets resold on ticket scammer websites for as much as $750 a piece. These steep price increases cause issues with patrons and affects our mission to make ballet available to all audiences. Also, if there are ticketing problems with these seats, we cannot do anything to help the patrons because they did not buy directly through Colorado Ballet. When the tickets are not sold by the scammer sites, it leaves holes in the audience for an otherwise sold-out performance, which affects our performers as well.
Every season, we encourage our patrons to only buy directly through ColoradoBallet.org and a few other sites authorized sites that we work with like AltitudeTickets.com. However, the number of scammers keeps increasing. So, during the 2016-2017 season, we have a new way of helping our customers and cutting down on the number of scammers. When single tickets go on sale on July 15, the print-at-home option for tickets will not be available. Colorado Ballet will send paper copies of tickets in the mail at no additional charge to ticket buyers. Approximately one month before each production opens, we will turn on the print-at-home option for tickets again.
We hope that this will help cut down on the number of ticket scammers and keep Colorado Ballet's ticket prices reasonable.
Subscriptions for the 2016-2017 season are on sale now, and it is not too late to secure your seats. Current subscribers have until June 30 to renew their seats and we encourage new subscribers to secure their seats before single tickets go on sale to the general public on July 15.
The 2016-2017 season will include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Ballet MasterWorks and The Little Mermaid. Ballet MasterWorks includes Firebird, by choreographer Yuri Possokhov and music by Igor Stravinsky; Serenade choreographed by George Balanchine to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C”; and Petite Mort by Jiří Kylián with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The subscription package includes Swan Lake, Ballet MasterWorks and The Little Mermaid.
Season subscribers receive 25% off all performances, including the option of purchasing additional tickets for any of the productions during the season including The Nutcracker at the discounted subscriber price. In addition, subscribers receive the best seats ahead of the general public, invitation to exclusive subscriber events, and free ticket exchange.
Click here for more information on becoming a season subscriber.
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