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Colorado Ballet adds additional 2017 performance of The Little Mermaid

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Colorado Ballet added an additional performance of its season closer The Little Mermaid due to the large number of tickets that have already been sold.  The additional performance will take place at 6:30 p.m. on April 2, 2017 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

“Two of the four performances of The Little Mermaid are already sold out and the other two are extremely full, so we decided to add a fifth performance to the run,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “We knew that The Little Mermaid would be popular, but we did not anticipate that we would almost be completely sold out of tickets before we even open The Nutcracker.  This is the first time that Colorado Ballet has ever presented this classic ‘under-the-sea’ fairy tale and we expect tickets for the additional performance will go quickly.”

The Little Mermaid features choreography by Tony Award nominated choreographer and Denver native 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 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.

The Little Mermaid is perfect for families and anyone who enjoys a classic love story,” said Boggs.  “The colorful costumes, vigorous dancing and entertaining musical score will entertain audiences of all ages.  Plus, we open the production with Bruch, which has become an audience favorite.”

Performance dates and times:
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. - Limited availability
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. - Limited availability
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. - Sold out
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. - Sold out
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $30 to $155.  To purchase tickets, visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Dana Benton by Allen Birnbach

Sharon Wehner discusses Rhythm & Grace - Dance for Parkinson's Disease class

Friday, October 28, 2016

Sharon Wehner discusses Rhythm & Grace - Dance for Parkinson's Disease class at Colorado Ballet.

Rhythm & Grace is a partnership between Parkinson Association of the Rockies and Colorado Ballet. The methods employed by the Rhythm & Grace program encourage participants to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative, and improve quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s. For more information, visit http://coloradoballet.org.

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

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