Ballet Blog

Colorado Ballet Blog

 Click here to read this blog on Blogger

Recent Posts


Francisco Estevez rehearses the White Rabbit in ALICE (in wonderland)

Friday, February 12, 2016

Colorado Ballet soloist Francisco Estevez rehearses the White Rabbit from ALICE (in wonderland).

PwC Presents
ALICE (in wonderland)
February 19-28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
http://coloradoballet.org

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Caterpillar in ALICE (in wonderland)

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Caterpillar from ALICE (in wonderland).

PwC Presents
ALICE (in wonderland)

February 19-28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
http://coloradoballet.org

Sharon Wehner and Domenico Luciano rehearse Cheshire Cat from ALICE (in wonderland)

Monday, February 01, 2016

Principal dancers Sharon Wehner and Domenico Luciano rehearse Cheshire Cat from ALICE (in wonderland).

PwC Presents
ALICE (in wonderland)

February 19-28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Fall down the rabbit hole and join Colorado Ballet on an adventure for the Colorado premiere of a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s books.  Experience a whimsical (wonder)land with beloved, eccentric characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and other exotic creatures as young Alice escapes the clutches of the wicked Queen of Hearts.  Featuring choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, this ballet will charm adults and children in a theatrical extravaganza!

Colorado Ballet seeks schools for free live streaming of ALICE (in wonderland) performance on February 18

Monday, January 25, 2016

Colorado Ballet seeks schools and educational organizations throughout Colorado and out-of-state to participate in a free remote live stream of its student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland) at 10:30 a.m. on February 18.

“The in-person student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland) has been sold out since before the 2015-2016 season began, but students and teachers are still welcome to participate through the live stream,” said Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education.  “Students who would otherwise be unable to see ALICE will have the opportunity to experience a live ballet performance with costumes, sets and a live orchestra.  Plus, this production follows Lewis Carroll’s classic book very closely, so students will learn a lot while watching the production.”

This is the third time that Colorado Ballet will live stream a production in its student matinee series, which brings nearly 2,000 students to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex to watch ballet performances with full sets, costumes and a live orchestra.  Colorado Ballet hosted its first live stream during the student matinee of La Sylphide in October and its second live stream during the student matinee of The Nutcracker in December.  More than 100 sites from 10 Colorado cities and 27 states streamed The Nutcracker student matinee performance.  In addition, students in England, Ireland, Ecuador, Greece, Italy and China also participated in the live stream event.  The majority of the sites were schools, but four hospitals including Denver Health also participated.

“The response we have received on the live streaming of our student matinee series has been incredible,” said Hyde.  “We heard back from so many teachers after The Nutcracker live stream and the students were mesmerized by the dancing and music.  One teacher who works in a dual-language school said it was incredible that we offered a performance that could be understood in any language.  That is what we hope to accomplish with this series; impacting students from all over Colorado and the U.S. through the power of dance.”

Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” with characters from “Through the Looking-Glass,” ALICE (in wonderland) includes choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  ALICE first premiered with The Washington Ballet in 2012.  The total runtime of the production including the intermission is 2 hours and 5 minutes.  The 20 minute intermission will feature live interviews with artistic staff and dancers for schools participating in the live stream.

Interested schools can contact Hyde at samantha.hyde@coloradoballet.org for more information, including technical requirements.

Students participate in live stream of "The Nutcracker" in December 2015

2nd Attitude on Santa Fe will take place on February 6

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Colorado Ballet will host the second Attitude on Santa Fe at 6 p.m. on February 6, 2016 in the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO.  The performance will include three ballets choreographed by two Colorado Ballet dancers and one Colorado Ballet Academy teacher, performed by Colorado Ballet Company and Studio Company dancers.  The event will also include a three course meal and wine prior to the performance.

Principal dancer Domenico Luciano’s new work, Attraversiamo will feature two pieces of music, “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber and “Pavane for Dead Princess” by Maurice Ravel.  According to Luciano, while creating the new ballet, he selected specific dancers because he wanted their artistic input.  He had a basic idea in the beginning of his choreographic process and wanted the dancers to naturally contribute to the message he was trying to express in the work.  He said that he paired every couple together for a specific reason because he knows the dancers so well and he knew how they would interact with each other, which was a big part of each piece.  The theme of his ballet is a brief look on the dynamics between people; not all of it is smooth, much like relationships during a person’s life.

Principal dancer Yosvani Ramos choreographed Divertimento Pour Six for English National Ballet's Choreographic Workshop in 2002 and for the first time, Colorado Ballet’s dancers will perform the ballet during Attitude on Santa Fe.  The music includes excerpts from “Faust” by Charles Gounod and the costumes are by Suzi Skelton.  Divertimento Pour Six is one of seven ballets that Ramos choreographed during the nine years he spent as a dancer at English National Ballet.  Ramos said that he is excited to be redoing the ballet for Colorado Ballet’s dancers.  The ballet has no theme, but according to Ramos, it is fun, classical work that showcases the dancers performing in it.

Academy instructor and Colombian artist Carolina Pahde-Mallarino has spent the past 15 years of her professional life exploring the idea of “the influence of cultural identity in the creation of art.”  Her new ballet with(in)me is set to "Ode to Joy" from the fourth movement of Beethoven's “9th Symphony.”  Inspired by the text of F. Schiller’s poem from which the words of the symphony are taken, Pahde-Mallarino expanded her idea of cultural identity to that of identity as a whole.  By working with the dancers on questions such as: “Who are you?  What makes you who you are? and how are you different from everyone else?” she takes the dancers on a journey to discover their own humanity.  She starts the ballet by showing the most outer layer of the performers being, then, little by little, through the use of various dance techniques including classical ballet, contemporary and modern, she introduces new movement ideas.  Through these techniques, she reveals other layers beneath the surface until, finally, at the end of the ballet, all that is left is what she calls “original movement,” or movement extracted from the things that make each of these individuals uniquely human.

Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.  The cost including the dinner, wine and performance is $75 and seating is limited.  Performance-only tickets are also available for $25.  To register, visit www.coloradoballet.org/events.

Colorado Ballet hosted another Attitude on Santa Fe event with different works by Colorado Ballet’s dancers in September 2015.  The event was sold out.

Click here to watch a rehearsal from the September 2015 Attitude on Santa Fe:

It's not too late to give to Colorado Ballet in 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

You still have time to support Colorado Ballet before this year ends!  Donations to Colorado Ballet support all of the company’s programs including the professional company, education and community engagement programs and Colorado Ballet Academy.

Click here to give.

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Thank you for another great Nutcracker season!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Colorado Ballet's 55th annual production of The Nutcracker has officially come to a close at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  We want to thank everyone who helped make this the most successful Nutcracker in the history of Colorado Ballet!  More people attended this year's production than ever before, so whether it was your first time or your 55th, we hope you enjoyed our magical production.

Dana Benton and Gregory Gonzales by Mike Watson

I Love Colorado Ballet because of our ballet company

Monday, December 21, 2015

At Colorado Ballet, dance is accessible to EVERYONE and ballet can be a part of ANYONE’S life. Donations make so many things possible at Colorado Ballet and that includes are our professional company.

In August, Colorado Ballet earned RAVE REVIEWS at the Vail International Dance Festival performing alongside some of the best dancers in the world. Your donations make these kind of opportunities possible. Your gift will help Colorado Ballet’s vision to be recognized as the BEST BALLET COMPANY between the coasts, known especially for EXCELLENT & EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT and a WORLD-CLASS ACADEMY.

 

Click here to give.

Photo: Colorado Ballet dancers Maria Mosina & Kevin Gael Thomas

Performance photos from The Nutcracker

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Here are a few performance photos from two different performances of Colorado Ballet's 55th annual production of The Nutcracker.

Artists of Colorado Ballet with Soldier Doll by Mike Watson

Dana Benton as Clara with mice by Mike Watson

Artists of Colorado Ballet and Colorado Ballet Academy in battle scene by Mike Watson

Asuka Sasaki and Francisco Estevez as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince by Mike Watson

Dana Benton and Yosvani Ramos as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince by Mike Watson

Yosvani Ramos and Artists of Colorado Ballet at the beginning of Act II by Mike Watson

Chandra Kuykendall in Arabian dance by Mike Watson
Ariel Breitman in Chinese dance by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet in Mother Ginger scene by Mike Watson
Asuka Sasaki as Dew Drop and Artists of Colorado Ballet as Flowers by Mike Watson
Asuka Sasaki as Dew Drop by Mike Watson

Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov as Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier by Mike Watson
Sean Omandam as Russian dancer during Nutcracker finale by Mike Watson


Artists of Colorado Ballet during Nutcracker finale by Mike Watson

Dana Benton and Gregory Gonzales by Mike Watson

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse the Russian dance from Act II of The Nutcracker

Friday, December 11, 2015


Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse the Russian dance from Act II of The Nutcracker.

KeyBank Presents Colorado Ballet's 55th annual
The Nutcracker

November 28-December 27, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Join

our email list


Receive Pointes of Interest, Colorado Ballet's e-newsletter.

Click here to subscribe


Our Sponsors

  • SCFD
  • Colorado Ballet Auxiliary
  • Boettcher Foundation
  • Xcel Energy
  • High Noon Entertainment
  • KeyBank
Top