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Interview with Valerie Madonia about Light Rain in Ballet Director's Choice

Monday, March 21, 2016

Colorado Ballet's Academy Director and former professional dancer with The Joffrey Ballet, Valerie Madonia, talks about staging Light Rain in Ballet Director's Choice.
 
Ballet Director's Choice
March 25-27
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Live music by Austin Piazzolla Quintet
coloradoballet.org

Interview with Domenico Luciano about Wolfgang (for Webb) in Ballet Director's Choice

Friday, March 18, 2016


Colorado Ballet's principal dancer, Domenico Luciano, talks about Wolfgang (for Webb) in Ballet Director's Choice.

Ballet Director's Choice
March 25-27
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Live music by Austin Piazzolla Quintet
coloradoballet.org

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse The Angel of Buenos Aires in Ballet Director's Choice

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Artists of Colorado Ballet featuring Colorado Ballet principal dancers Maria Mosina and Domenico Luciano rehearse The Angel of Buenos Aires in Ballet Director's Choice.

Ballet Director's Choice
March 25-27
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Live music by Austin Piazzolla Quintet
coloradoballet.org

Interview with Lorita Travaglia about The Angel of Buenos Aires in Ballet Director's Choice

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Choreographer and Colorado Ballet's Ballet Mistress, Lorita Travaglia, talks about The Angel of Buenos Aires in Ballet Director's Choice. This video also includes rehearsal footage featuring Lorita Travaglia, Domenico Luciano, Asuka Sasaki, Benjamin Winegar, Kevin Hale, and Artists of Colorado Ballet.

Ballet Director's Choice
March 25-27
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Live music by  Austin Piazzolla Quintet
coloradoballet.org

Ballets that break the rules. Season closer Ballet Director’s Choice will highlight the talents of Colorado Ballet’s dancers in a collection of contemporary ballets.  The repertory will open with renowned contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh's Wolfgang (for Webb), with music by W. A. Mozart. Ballet Director's Choice will then feature two pas de deuxs by two exceptional choreographers: It's Not a Cry by choreographer Amy Seiwert, set to Jeff Buckley’s recording of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah"; and Light Rain by choreographer Gerald Arpino, which was has been The Joffrey Ballet’s signature piece since its premiere in 1981. The production will close with the world premiere of the tango-inspired ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires by choreographer and Colorado Ballet's Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia.  The ballet will feature live music by the Austin Piazzolla Quintet.

Ballet Director's Choice opens in 3 weeks!

Friday, March 04, 2016



This video features Colorado Ballet dancers Dana Benton and Kevin Gaël Thomas.
 
Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season closer Ballet Director's Choice opens in three weeks at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.  To save 20% on tickets, visit http://tickets.coloradoballet.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=1553, enter promo code DANCE in the promo code box and select your seats. 

This promotion ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18.  The promotion is not valid in combination with other offers or toward past purchases, limit 6 tickets per order, subject to availability.

ALICE (in wonderland)-related workshops available!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Colorado Ballet’s production of ALICE (in wonderland) has been like going into a fantasy world!

  • Both weekends of 8 shows were completely sold out.
  • The student matinee was completely full with 1,800 students, teachers and families in attendance.
  • The student matinee was live streamed out to 26 states, 3 foreign countries, and more than 3,000 students.

We don’t want to stop here--we’d like to bring the fantasy world of (wonderland) into your classrooms! Please consider bringing some of these ALICE-related integrative workshops to your classroom.
 
Words in Motion

Sharon Wehner by Mike Watson

Bring ALICE (in wonderland) or another classic text to life in your classroom!

All grade levels
Students strengthen their knowledge of vocabulary words and sentence writing in this movement driven lesson. Students will explore embodiments and definitions of words and create dances based on their understanding of sentence writing.

$100/1hr program

Metamorphosis Moves

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Who could forget that butterfly transformation in ALICE (in wonderland)?

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Colorado Ballet and the Butterfly Pavilion collaborate on this workshop. Students learn about the life cycle of the butterfly through movement in this interactive dance and science class.

$200/1hr program

Visit www.butterflies.org/education/k-5-outreach.php for more information.

Birds in Motion

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

ALICE (in wonderland) was full of birds!

Elementary
Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts through discussion around varieties of birds, their environments and their behaviors. This workshop is flexible to specific vocabulary that is being used in your classroom already.

$100/1hr program

Creative Movement

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Get your little ones moving and enjoying dance after watching ALICE (in wonderland)!

Pre-K, Early Elementary
Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts, such as, size, balance, rhythm, levels, shapes, and energy. The class will develop spatial awareness, problem solving, and strengthening the body and brain.

$100/1hr program
 
For more information or booking, contact samantha.hyde@coloradoballet.org.  See additional workshops and programs at coloradoballet.org/education/workshops.

Colorado Ballet closes season with a collection of contemporary works in Ballet Director’s Choice

Monday, February 29, 2016

Colorado Ballet will close the 2015-2016 season with a collection of contemporary works in Ballet Director’s Choice March 25-27, 2016 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

The production will open with contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh's Wolfgang (for Webb), with music by W. A. Mozart.  Wolfgang premiered with the Sarasota Ballet in 2008 and in 2009, it was performed as part of The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a collaboration between Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and the Sarasota Ballet.  Walsh is a former Principal Dancer and choreographer with Houston Ballet and founder of contemporary ballet company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.

Ballet Director's Choice will then feature two pas de deuxs including choreographer Amy Seiwert award-winning It's Not a Cry, set to Jeff Buckley’s recording of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”  The second pas de deux will be choreographer Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, which was has been The Joffrey Ballet’s signature piece since its premiere in 1981.  Seiwert is the artistic director of Imagery and was a former dancer with the Smuin, LA Chamber and Sacramento Ballets.  She also served as the choreographer in residence at Smuin Ballet.  Arpino was the co-founder of The Joffrey Ballet and created more than 1/3 of the Company's repertoire.

The production will close with the world premiere of the tango-inspired ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires by choreographer and Colorado Ballet's Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia.  The ballet will feature live music by the Austin Piazzolla Quintet.  In addition to her work at Colorado Ballet, Travaglia is the Creative Director of Parasol Arts, a non-profit organization that takes inspiration from the art of Argentine Tango. 

Ballet Director’s Choice highlights the talents of Colorado Ballet’s dancers through a diverse selection of ballets that break the rules,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil 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 an exciting world premiere ballet with our extremely talented Company.”

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 27, 2016 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.

Colorado Ballet will also present an encore performance of Ballet Director’s Choice at 8 p.m. on April 1, 2016 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.  Visit www.lonetreeartscenter.org for more information.

Dana Benton and Kevin Gaël Thomas by Allen Birnbach

ALICE (in wonderland) photos

Friday, February 26, 2016
Sharon Wehner by Mike Watson
Dana Benton and Artists of Colorado Ballet Academy by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Sharon Wehner and Colorado Ballet Academy students
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Maria Mosina and Kevin Wilson by Mike Watson
Yosvani Ramos by Mike Watson
Maria Mosina and Domenico Luciano by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet and Colorado Ballet Academy by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet and Colorado Ballet Academy by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

ALICE (in wonderland) reviews

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The reviews are in and it is official, Colorado Ballet's ALICE (in wonderland) is a hit!  Here are a few of the reviews for this fantastic, whimsical production:

Every performance of ALICE (in wonderland) is sold out!  If you missed ALICE, be sure to catch our next amazing production Ballet Director's Choice March 25-27.  Click here for more information.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in ALICE (in wonderland) by Mike Watson

9News story on ALICE (in wonderland) student matinee

Friday, February 19, 2016
Watch the 9News story on Colorado Ballet's student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland):


 
Click here to learn more about student matinee performances.

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