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Colorado Ballet’s second season of Attitude on Santa Fe will feature three new ballets choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet dancers on September 23 and 24 in the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO. The September 23 Attitude will only include the performance and the September 24 Attitude will include a catered dinner that features a three course meal and wine prior to the performance. The choreographers for the September Attitude on Santa Fe include Principal dancer Domenico Luciano, Soloist dancer Kevin Gaël Thomas and Corps de Ballet dancer Tracy Jones.
"We are extremely excited to present the second season of Attitude on Santa Fe,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director. “The first season of Attitude was extremely successful and the audience response was overwhelmingly positive. Patrons in the two sold out performances last season enjoyed watching new, innovative ballets created by emerging choreographers from within the Company in our Black Box Theater. Due to the popularity of Attitude last season, we will offer two performances in September and two performances with different works in March this season.”
Luciano’s new work, Sirens highlights the power of women by featuring strong, Amazon-like warrior-princess characters. The ballet includes seven women and three men exploring the partnering technique; but it is not just the men who partner in Luciano’s ballet. The songs featured are “Placidetti Zefiretti” and “Alto Giove,” from the opera Polifemo. A countertenor sings the music and according to Luciano, even though it is a male voice, it sounds very feminine, which reinforces the strong female theme and demonstrates that women can be just as strong as men.
Thomas’ new ballet is called Riviera and is an homage to the tragedy that occurred in Nice in July. As a native of France, Thomas wanted to tell the story of young people traveling to the French Riviera. The people first arrive by train, discover and explore the city, visit the beach by boat, and then visit the club. The dancers wander the streets of Nice, then go to watch the fireworks on July 14, Bastille Day. The atmosphere is joyous and festive, when all of a sudden a white truck makes its way to the Promenade de Anglais and drives through the panicked crowd. “We all know the dramatic ending, but what we must remember is the solidarity and unity that came out of this tragedy,” said Thomas. “This ballet is love and compassion to the ones who left us that night.” The music is “Easy” by Son Lux, “Damas” by Fakear, “La Malinche” by Feu Chatterton and “Sarajevo” by Max Richter.
Jones’ new work is called Circadian and was inspired by three pieces of music; one by Max Richter and two by Philip Glass. According to Jones, all three pieces have a very repetitive structure, which she interpreted as mirroring the passing of time. Her ballet includes six dancers; three ladies and three men; and the dancers explore different groupings including duets, trios, solos, and using all six dancers together. “You cannot control how quickly or slowly time goes,” said Jones. “The ongoing rhythm consistently stays the same, however you can control how you as a human being move through time from day to day. I am excited for the opportunity to share my first professional choreographic work with a new audience in September.”
“All of our Company members are given the opportunity to choreograph new works for Attitude and we are thrilled to present the first Attitude ballet choreographed by one of our female dancers,” said Boggs. “Presenting new works in an intimate setting was one of our goals, along with the creation of new works, which will keep the art form alive. These performances give our dancers the opportunity to explore their creativity through the creation of new choreography and additional performance opportunities outside of our main performance season.”
The doors will open at 7 p.m. on September 23 and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. The cost for the performance is $25. For the September 24 event with dinner and the performance, doors open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $85. Seating is limited for both events. To register, visit www.coloradoballet.org/events.
Colorado Ballet plans to host another Attitude on Santa Fe with different works in March 2017.
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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.
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