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Colorado Ballet seeks schools and organizations for free live streaming of The Nutcracker on December 2

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Colorado Ballet seeks schools and organizations throughout Colorado and out-of-state to participate in a free remote live stream of its student matinee performance of The Nutcracker at 11 a.m. MST on December 2.

Sites eligible for the live stream include: public, charter and private schools (ECE-12th grade); colleges and universities; as well as hospitals, homeless shelters and non-profit organizations that serve children and youth.  

“Interested schools and organizations are welcome to sign up online to watch Colorado Ballet’s live presentation of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker,” said Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education.  “The in-person student matinee performance of The Nutcracker student matinee is by invitation only, so students, teachers, and patients who might otherwise be unable to see live ballet performances will have the opportunity to watch Colorado Ballet live on December 2.  The performance includes full sets, costumes and a live orchestra.  Plus, we offer study guides with suggested activities and discussion questions, so the live stream is an excellent opportunities to study one of the most beloved ballets of all time.  This is also our last live stream matinee during the 2016-2017 season.”

This is the second season that Colorado Ballet has offered live streaming of its student matinee series.  Colorado Ballet offered a free live stream of Swan Lake on October 6, which reached approximately 3,450 participants in 26 states and 6 countries including Mexico, Jamaica, Barbados, England, France and Japan.  During the 2015-2016 season, Colorado Ballet reached approximately 7,700 participants in 14 Colorado counties, 30 states and 6 countries including Ecuador, Ireland, England, Greece, Italy, and Canada through the live stream of the student matinees.

“We have received amazing feedback from schools and organizations who participated in the first season of live streaming the student matinee series,” said Hyde.  “Not only did we hear back that the video and audio quality of the live stream was excellent, but some participants commented that they felt like they had front row seats.  Teachers told us that we were changing lives and helping children to love and appreciate the arts.  It was so rewarding for us to hear that children of all ages were mesmerized by the performances and we inspired children to dance and twirl after watching the shows.  We heard that we provided something that could be understood in any language and we cannot wait to offer the free live streaming opportunities again this season.”

Interested schools and organizations should visit http://coloradoballet.org/education/live-stream and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.  For more information, contact Samantha Hyde at samantha.hyde@coloradoballet.org.

About The Nutcracker

Colorado Ballet’s 56th annual production of The Nutcracker will feature more than 300 costumes, 31 Company dancers, 25 Studio Company dancers, 76 Academy dancers, and timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  The Nutcracker features lavish costumes, exuberant dancing, whimsical battles, hypnotizing snow flurries, sumptuous sets, and a little bit of magic. The total run time with one intermission is 2 hours and 5 minutes.

The intermission for The Nutcracker will feature live interviews with artistic staff and dancers for organizations participating in the live stream.

 

Students participating in 2015 live stream of  "The Nutcracker"

Colorado Ballet presents 56th annual production of The Nutcracker

Monday, October 24, 2016

Colorado Ballet will present 26 performances of The Nutcracker, November 26 through December 24, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, with live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“Colorado Ballet’s 56th annual production of the captivating holiday classic, The Nutcracker is a larger-than-life extravaganza,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “This timeless ballet features lavish costumes, exuberant dancing, whimsical battles, hypnotizing snow flurries, delicious sets and majestic live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.”

According to Boggs, the popularity of The Nutcracker continues to grow each season.  In 2015, 25 of the 26 performances of Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker were sold out and the season before, 22 of the 24 performances were sold out.

The Nutcracker continues to grow every year, especially when you consider that only three performances out of the last 50 have not been completely sold out and the ones that were not sold out were very full,” said Boggs.  “I encourage patrons to buy their tickets early for the largest production of this holiday favorite in Colorado.  I guarantee that audiences will not see anything like Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker in the region; our tremendously talented dancers performing with our extraordinary orchestra musicians during the holiday season is truly magical.”

Ticket prices range from $30 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.  The Nutcracker is made possible by presenting sponsor KeyBank.

Performance schedule for The Nutcracker:
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, December 23, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Friday, December 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 1 p.m.

 

Morgan Buchanan by Allen Birnbach

Swan Lake reviews

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Swan Lake is a hit with the critics! Check out a few of the reviews from some of the critics who saw Swan Lake last weekend:

Maria Mosina, Alexei Tyukov and Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

RMPBS Arts District Happening Now! Swan Lake preview

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Check out this preview of Colorado Ballet's Swan Lake in Rocky Mountain PBS' Arts District Happening Now! segment.

Swan Lake opens tonight!

Friday, October 07, 2016

Colorado Ballet's 56th season officially opens tonight with the first performance of Swan Lake at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Performances run until October 23.  For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org.

 

Enjoy these performance photos!

 

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

 

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

 

Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov by Mike Watson

 

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

 

Maria Mosina, Alexei Tyukov and Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

 

Maria Mosina, Alexei Tyukov and Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

 

Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov by Mike Watson

 

Maria Mosina by Mike Watson

 

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

 

Gregory Gonzales and Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

 

Maria Mosina, Alexei Tyukov and Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

 

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Maria Mosina retires after 21 seasons with Colorado Ballet

Monday, October 03, 2016

Principal dancer Maria Mosina will retire after 21 seasons with Colorado Ballet and 26 seasons as a professional dancer. Here is a look back at her amazing career.

Chandra Kuykendall discusses her roles of Odette-Odile in Swan Lake

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Chandra Kuykendall discusses her roles of Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. This video includes rehearsal footage of Principal Dancers Chandra Kuykendall and Domenico Luciano.

Swan Lake
October 7-23, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Yosvani Ramos discusses his roles as Benno and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Yosvani Ramos discusses his roles as Benno and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. This video includes rehearsal footage of Principal Dancers Yosvani Ramos and Sharon Wehner. 

Swan Lake
October 7-23, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Principal Dancer Maria Mosina announces retirement

Friday, September 16, 2016

After 21 seasons as a Principal Dancer at Colorado Ballet and 26 seasons as a professional dancer, Maria Mosina announced her plan to retire at the end of the 2016-2017 season.

 

“To be honest, I would dance forever, but I believe this is the time for me to step out and give the opportunity to younger dancers to step in and dance for our audience,” said Mosina.  “The 2016-2017 will be my last season as a member of the Colorado Ballet Company.”

 

According to Mosina, she has mixed feelings about retiring because her brain and body do not feel like she has to stop dancing, but she knew going into the season that it would be the last of her professional career.  While teaching this summer, she accidentally bumped into a metal barre and broke her foot while teaching.  “I’m working very hard, doing my best for a fast recovery, and I’m hoping that I will dance the full season,” said Mosina.  “Of course, throughout my career, there were little injuries and there’s always pain, but I don’t feel that it is time to stop because my body feels that it is enough.  I think it’s better to stop when you’re on top of your career and not when you are going down.”

 

Mosina says that the thing she will miss most is spending time in the studios working on ballets.  This is where she spent most of her time as a professional dancer.  “On stage, of course, it’s magic, but it’s a finished product,” said Mosina.  “Most of the time, we’re in studio working so hard, digging into our body, our brain, our soul, to pick up the best way to present our body, our soul to the audience.  And for me, it’s the most interesting process.”

 

When Gil Boggs became the artistic director of Colorado Ballet in 2006, he said that he was overjoyed to find Maria Mosina dancing with the Company.  “Maria is an artist who could have been a member of any major company in the world,” said Boggs.  “Because she chose Colorado Ballet, she helped to make this Company truly exceptional.  Her sheer artistry and professionalism are a joy to behold.  It was a teary moment for me when realization came that her career was coming to an end.  I respect her artistry and what she has brought to this organization day after day.”

 

Mosina said that she is also thankful to Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs, for the opportunity to be a leader over the years and for trusting in her art and for previous Artistic Director Martin Fredmann for giving her a job in the Company, for believing in her and giving her the opportunity to dance different styles.  “Martin helped me open up and gave me confidence that I was able to trust in myself and my ability to dance different styles and difficulties, “said Mosina.  “He developed my talent with the repertoire and with the choreographers that worked with the Company and made me believe that I was capable of doing anything.  And I feel like Gil gave me the opportunity to show to the audience and to the Company my experience.  He used me as an example of how to deal with the whole process, rehearsals, preparation for roles, and how to have a positive attitude for the work that was needed.  I feel that he was very respectful to me for who I was as a professional dancer.”

 

Looking back on her career, Mosina says she is thankful for the opportunities she has had to work with amazing choreographers, coaches, partners, mentors and teachers around the world.  “I was very fortunate that throughout my career, I had a lot of people close to my heart—people, mentors that guided me through my career,” said Mosina.  “Teachers, who not only showed me the steps of ballet but they helped me to create the parts and roles.  They’d tell me about little secrets and details that their teachers told them.  There is a little chain, and I think it’s time for me to give this knowledge and my experience to younger generations.”

 

After she retires at the end of the season, she plans to continue her work in the studio, but on the other side, as a teacher, mentor and coach to younger dancers.  Mosina says that this transformation feels easier because she will continue to serve the art of ballet, just in a different role.

 

“Everyone knows that the career of a ballet dancer is not so long, but for me, I had 26 years of dancing professionally, and I’ve traveled around the world and shown my art to different audiences,” said Mosina.  “I’ve worked with the best teachers, coaches and choreographers and I’ll be very thankful for all my life that I had the opportunity.”

 

About Maria Mosina:

Maria Mosina was born in Moscow and graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. Upon graduation, Mosina joined the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Company and was chosen for principal roles.  She toured the world appearing on all major European, American, African and Asian stages. In 1995, Colorado Ballet invited Mosina to join as a leading principal dancer.

 

She has performed all major parts in classical productions such as Clara and Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Sylphide in La Sylphide, Odette-Odille in Swan Lake, Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Giselle, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Kitri in Don Quixote, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Talioni in Pas de Quatre, The Dying Swan, Le Spectre de La Rose and pas de deux from Le Corsaire, Talisman, Paquita, Les Sylphides. Ms. Mosina also had the chance to show her talent in neoclassical, modern and contemporary choreographed master pieces such as Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Theme and Variations, Western Symphony, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Stars and Stripes and Who Cares?, as well as Christopher Weeldon’s  A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peter Pucci’s Size Nine Spirit (as seen on PBS).  She has also performed Alvin Ailey’s River, Martha Graham’s monumental Appalachian Spring, Agnes de Mille's  Rodeo, Paul Taylor's Company B, F. Ashton's Facade, Antony Tudor's  Leaves are Fading and Echoing of Trumpets, Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs and In The Upper Room, Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring, Michael Pink's Dracula and Hunchback of Notre Dame, S.Welch's Of Blessed Memory, Val Caniparoli’s In Pieces, Martin Fredmann and Alun Jones'  Romeo and Juliet, and Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, A Little Love, Mon Dieu, Sechertorte, Silent Woods and Dreamspace (as seen on PBS), Vebre's Where the Wild Things Are, Clark Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, Matthew Neenan's The Faraway, Lynn Taylor-Corbett's Great Galloping Gottschalk, Lar Lubovitch's ...smile with my heart, Emery LeCrone’s Archetypes, Jodie Gates’ Embellish, Sandra Brown's The Last Beat, and many more.

 

Mosina has been featured in numerous magazine articles and was a featured dancer on the cover of Dance Magazine in 1997. She holds a bachelor's degree in methodology and pedagogy from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography.  She is also an active ballet instructor throughout the United States.  Additionally, Mosina participated as a master teacher and judge for the Youth American Grand Prix.

Maria Mosina by Allen Birnbach
Mosina in Appalachian Spring

 

Mosina in Don Quixote - photo by Terry Shapiro
Maria Mosina and Igor Vassine in Giselle - photo by Rosalie O'Connor
Maria Mosina in Romeo and Juliet - photo by David Andrews
Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov in The Nutcracker - photo by Mike Watson

Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Domenico Luciano

Monday, September 12, 2016

Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Principal Domenico Luciano
http://coloradoballet.org

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