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Colorado Ballet announces 2015-2016 season

Monday, March 02, 2015

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

Interview with Maria Mosina about "Concerto Barocco" - Part II

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This is the second part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Maria Mosina about Concerto Barocco, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Maria Mosina and Sharon Wehner rehearsing Concerto Barocco.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Interview with Maria Mosina about "Concerto Barocco" - Part I

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

This is the first part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Maria Mosina about Concerto Barocco, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Maria Mosina and Sharon Wehner rehearsing Concerto Barocco.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse "Fancy Free" for "Ballet MasterWorks"

Friday, February 13, 2015

This video features Kevin Gaël Thomas, Jesse Marks, Francisco Estevez, Shelby Dyer, Tracy Jones and Emily Dixon rehearsing Fancy Free, one of the ballets featured in Ballet MasterWorks.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Interview with Jesse Marks about "Fancy Free" - Part II

Monday, February 09, 2015

This is the second part of an interview with Colorado Ballet soloist dancer Jesse Marks about Fancy Free, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Fancy Free and In Pieces.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
www.coloradoballet.org

Interview with Jesse Marks about "Fancy Free" - Part I

Friday, February 06, 2015

This is the first part of an interview with Colorado Ballet soloist dancer Jesse Marks about Fancy Free, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Fancy Free.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
www.coloradoballet.org

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse "In Pieces"

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse In Pieces, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
www.coloradoballet.org

Interview with Sharon Wehner about "Ballet MasterWorks" - Part II

Monday, February 02, 2015

This is the second part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Sharon Wehner about In Pieces, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks. This video includes footage of Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing In Pieces.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
www.coloradoballet.org

Interview with Sharon Wehner about "Ballet MasterWorks" - Part I

Friday, January 30, 2015

This is the first part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Sharon Wehner about In Pieces, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing In Pieces as well as performance footage from 2013.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
www.coloradoballet.org

A closer seat to Ballet MasterWorks

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Colorado Ballet has closed the balcony and loge levels of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and moved all of the ticketing levels closer to the stage for its upcoming production of Ballet MasterWorks.  This means that you can sit in the mezzanine or parterre for the same price that you would normally pay for in the balcony or loge.  You will be closer to the orchestra and the dancers for this production!

Ballet MasterWorks will showcase our dancers' artistry and athleticism and feature powerful live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Ballet MasterWorks includes Concerto Barocco, by choreographer George Balanchine and music by Johann Sebastian Bach; In Pieces, choreographed by Val Caniparoli with music by Poul Ruders; and Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins with original score composed for the ballet by Leonard Bernstein.

Seat map for the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Colorado Ballet will present Ballet MasterWorks, February 20-March 1, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  For more information, visit coloradoballet.org/performances/ballet-masterworks.

Please note: Colorado Ballet will reopen the loge and balcony in select performances if other ticketing levels sell out.

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