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Colorado Ballet joins 2015 Vail International Dance Festival Season

Friday, April 17, 2015

Marking its 27th season with world premieres, exceptional debuts, and captivating collaborations, the Vail International Dance Festival announces Colorado Ballet as a featured company during the 2015 season, which will be held July 27 through August 10 in Vail, Colorado. The Festival welcomes back Colorado Ballet, which performed last during the 2011 Festival, premiering a new work by Emery LeCrone.

On Sunday, August 2 at 7:30pm at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Colorado Ballet will perform in Ballet Blast, along with the National Ballet of Mexico, BalletX, and BalletCollective. Ballet Blast will feature a selection of international ballet stars for a diverse evening of dance, from classic to contemporary, with music by the cutting edge string quartet, Brooklyn Rider.

On Sunday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Colorado Ballet will perform in Balanchine Celebration, a performance featuring a selection of the world’s finest dancers in a unique evening of Balanchine ballets.  Members of Colorado Ballet’s corps de ballet will perform Concerto Barocco with guest principal dancers.

On Monday, August 10 at 7:30pm at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Colorado Ballet will perform on the closing night of the Festival in Dance for $20.15, an evening for everyone with specially-priced tickets for every seat in the house. Dance for $20.15 features Colorado Ballet performing In Pieces, with choreography by Val Caniparoli with music by Poul Ruders. 

“When Colorado Ballet presented the world premiere of In Pieces in 2013, the Denver Post described it as ‘contemporary action-packed’ and now our dancers have the opportunity to present this exciting work on an international stage,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “This is the first time since 2011 that Colorado Ballet has performed at the Vail International Dance Festival and we are honored that Damian Woetzel has chosen us to perform at a festival that includes some of the world’s greatest dancers performing a variety of dance genres.  I believe our dancers have tremendous talent and this is a chance for dance fans from all over the world to see that talent firsthand.”

The Vail International Dance Festival performances take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Tickets for all performances except for Dance for $20.15 are now on sale. Tickets for Dance for $20.15 go on sale June 15. Visit www.vaildance.org for more information and follow the Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information on Colorado Ballet, visit www.coloradoballet.org and follow Colorado Ballet on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Artists of Colorado Ballet perform "In Pieces"
Photo by Sue Daniels Photography

Interview with Sharon Wehner about "Ballet MasterWorks" - Part I

Friday, January 30, 2015

This is the first part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Sharon Wehner about In Pieces, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing In Pieces as well as performance footage from 2013.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
www.coloradoballet.org

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Fancy Free

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This video features Kevin Gaël Thomas, Jesse Marks, Francisco Estevez, Shelby Dyer, Tracy Jones and Emily Dixon rehearsing Fancy Free, one of the ballets featured in Ballet MasterWorks.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra

For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org.

Colorado Ballet presents three works from the masters of music and dance in Ballet MasterWorks

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Colorado Ballet presents Ballet MasterWorks, a collection of three works by the masters of music and dance February 20-March 1, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Ballet MasterWorks includes Concerto Barocco, by choreographer George Balanchine and music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins with original score composed for the ballet by Leonard Bernstein; and In Pieces, choreographed by Val Caniparoli with music by Poul Ruders.

"The first time we performed a Ballet MasterWorks production in the spring of 2013, we really pushed our dancers and musicians to demonstrate their artistry, athleticism and raw talent,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “We needed to show what our performers were capable of outside of traditional storybook ballets and they exceeded everyone’s expectations.  That is why it was so important to present another collection of challenging works like this again.”

About the ballets:

Balanchine, a neo-classical ballet choreographer, has been credited for the successful fusion of contemporary concepts with the vocabulary of classical ballet.  According to Balanchine, the ballerinas in Concerto Barocco personify the violins in Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins.

Not only did Robbins choreograph more than 60 ballets, he also created choreography for theater, movies and television.  Fancy Free is a comical and romantic ballet set during World War II that features three sailors on leave in New York City.

Rounding out Ballet MasterWorks is the return of In Pieces, which made its world premiere with Colorado Ballet in 2013.  Caniparoli has contributed to the repertories of more than 35 dance companies.  Featuring dramatic lighting and costumes, the ballet is set to Ruders’ Concerto in Pieces.

“I don’t think the audience knew what we were capable of the last time we presented a MasterWorks production,” said Boggs.  “Our dancers proved that you don’t need to go to New York or San Francisco to see ballet of this caliber, you can see it right here in Denver with Colorado Ballet.  If you want to experience a performance of spectacular and exhilarating dance, Ballet MasterWorks is not to be missed.”

Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Don't overpay for Colorado Ballet tickets - avoid ticket scammers!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Unfortunately, ticket scammers are out again, purchasing tickets to Colorado Ballet productions and reselling them at much higher prices.  We encourage our patrons to be cautious when purchasing tickets to our productions, especially for The Nutcracker.  We have seen tickets on these sites for sale for as high as $350 each.  We don't want our patrons overpaying for tickets--the highest price level that Colorado Ballet offers is $155.

When purchasing tickets to Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker and other shows, we encourage you to only purchase through our website, www.coloradoballet.org or Altitude Tickets, www.altitudetickets.com.  These are the only two ticketing sites that we endorse.  We also occasionally sell tickets to select performances through Travelzoo, LivingSocial and Goldstar.  If you see our tickets for sale on any other websites, please note that these are not authorized vendors and you could get scammed.

If you purchase tickets through www.coloradoballet.org, please note that we do not include additional fees for print-at-home tickets--all taxes and fees are included in the price of the ticket.  So, a $25 ticket is $25 with the print-at-home option.  There is a small fee for will call or to have tickets mailed to you.  If you purchase on www.coloradoballet.org or through Altitude Tickets, you can pick your own seats.  Beware of sites that do not allow you to see exactly where you are sitting!  If they tell you what "zone" you are in but do not show you where the seats are located, you are probably paying too much for your tickets.

Colorado Ballet offers six ticket price levels, which are spread throughout the different levels in the venues.  Here are the prices of Colorado Ballet's tickets during the 2014-2015 season:

  • Pointe Circle - $155
  • Spotlight Circle - $120
  • A Seating - $90
  • B Seating - $75
  • C Seating - $50
  • D Seating - $25

If you see Colorado Ballet tickets for sale at prices higher than these, they are probably for sale through a non-authorized ticketing vendor that has added on additional fees.  Additionally, if you purchase through another site, unfortunately, our ticketing staff cannot help with any ticketing problems.  We want our patrons to have the best experience possible, so please be cautious when purchasing tickets.  We hope you enjoy the ballet!

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Colorado Ballet presents spine-tingling Dracula during Halloween weekend

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Colorado Ballet will present Dracula, October 31-November 2, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Dracula features choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

 

“Come sink your teeth into this spine-tingling ballet full of seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “Our audience requests this production over and over again and we cannot wait to perform Dracula during Halloween weekend this year.  This is one of the most popular ballets we perform and because it is for one weekend only, we are expecting full houses for every performance.”

 

Based on Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror, Dracula contains mature content and is not recommended for children ages 13 or younger.

  

“Our production of Dracula is big, with grand sets including a train station, grand hotel, sanatorium, a terrifying underground vault and of course, Count Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania,” said Boggs.  “Audiences will feel like they are part of the action, as if any moment Count Dracula could sneak up behind them in the theater.  People who love the book or any of the other adaptations of this horror classic will love Colorado Ballet’s performance because the story is easy to follow and the dancing and music enhance the passion and terror of this deliciously macabre ballet.”

 

Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 @ 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 @ 2 p.m.

 

Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.  Dracula is presented by PwC.

 

Colorado Ballet will also host several special events around Dracula including a costume party after the performance on Halloween night and a Bloody Mary Brunch for the Center Stage Young Patrons group before the November 2 performance.  For more information on either of these events, visit www.coloradoballet.org/events.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Dracula" by Terry Shapiro

Colorado Ballet to perform under the stars at Arvada Center

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Colorado Ballet will present An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 16, 2014 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.

An Evening under the Stars will highlight Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season by featuring previews from several ballets including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dracula.  The production will also include other classical and contemporary works.  The evening will close with Sandra Brown’s The Last Beat, with music by DeVotchKa, which premiered at Ballet Director’s Choice in March 2014.

Tickets range from $15 to $39.  Patrons who use promo code BALLET will receive 20 percent off covered seating tickets.  This promotion is for covered seats only, lawn seats are not valid and the promotion expires on August 1.  For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.

This performance marks the opening of Colorado Ballet’s 54th season, which includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream September 26-October 5, 2014, Dracula October 31-November 2, 2014, The Nutcracker November 29-December 27, 2014, Ballet MasterWorks February 20-March 1, 2015 and Peter and the Wolf March 27-29, 2015.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Last Beat"
By Sue Daniels Photography

Ballet Director's Choice: Feast of the Gods

Friday, February 28, 2014

On March 28-30 2014, Colorado Ballet will close out its season with Ballet Director’s Choice. This contemporary production will present three entirely different pieces, each with their own unique choreography and music.

Feast of the Gods, choreographed by Edwaard Liang, with music by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, will be the second of the three-part production. This performance was originally inspired by the history of a band of traveling gypsies.

The darkly powerful choreography created by Edwaard Liang delivers a sense of elegant seduction, modernity and imagination. Unlike your typical tutus and tiaras, Feast of the Gods features very intimate yet sophisticated costumes. Aside from the music and choreography, the brilliant strength displayed by the dancers, the red and black hues of the stage, and the romantic lighting, will ultimately generate a very dynamic and inspiring piece of art, not to mention the passionate and heart-clinching pas de deux.

Liang, who began training at Marin Ballet when he was five, has been internationally known for his rich and lustrous works; his reputation reflects his vision for creativity and his attention for detail. Liang’s mission is to engage the community through quality performance. Liang won the Prince Prize for Choreography and was nominated for the Golden Mask Award in Russia for Best Production.

This work in Ballet Director’s Choice will be danced to a score by Ottorino Respighi, a musician and composer best known for his orchestral music and vivid symphonic poems. Respighi’s music has been influenced by visual experiences and feelings of deep attachment to cherished places. His works have also been inspired by Medieval and Renaissance music.

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Sharon Wehner and Jesse Marks in Feast of the Gods, photo by Terry Shapiro

Ballet Director's Choice: Traveling Alone

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Colorado Ballet will close out its season with Ballet Director’s Choice March 28-30 2014. This contemporary production will present three entirely different pieces, each with their own unique choreography and music.

Traveling Alone, choreographed by Amy Seiwert, with music by Max Richter, will be the first of the three. The expressive and courageous performance of Traveling Alone will ultimately signify Amy Seiwert’s emotionally inspiring choreography. As the Artistic Director behind Imagery (a contemporary ballet company in San Francisco), Seiwert believes that ballet is a vital voice to our times. “Imagery is interested in the intersection of genres, and its aesthetic defies classification; Seiwert's artistic direction reflects commitment to create & present work of excellence and influence.” (asimagery.org) The San Francisco Chronicle twice-listed Seiwert’s choreography in the “Top 10” dance events.

In addition to Seiwert’s choreography, the post-classical music of Max Richter will give Traveling Alone an edgy and modern style. Ignoring the boundaries in favor of mysterious and thrillingly beautiful sounds, Richter’s vision has been influenced by a blend of electronic, rock and classical music. Richter’s scores have not only received several awards, but have also been used in various films including the motion pictures Disconnect and Shutter Island.

Traveling Alone is a piece about a woman traveling to some distant land where she interacts with eight others; she’s an outsider, who moves differently, dresses differently, and through dance eventually meets a common ground with the others. Between the modern costumes, vibrant energy on stage, and the breathtaking strength of the dancers, this section of Ballet’s Director’s Choice will deliver an artistic and dramatic world-class ballet.

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Artists of Colorado Ballet in Traveling Alone, photo by Terry Shapiro

CINDERELLA – Comparing and contrasting the 1950 Walt Disney animated classic film VS the 1970 choreographed Ben Stevenson ballet

Friday, January 24, 2014
  1. In both versions, Cinderella’s mother passes away and her father remarries
  2. In Stevenson’s version, the fairy godmother was once a beggar woman who Cinderella had given bread to
  3. In Disney’s version, Cinderella’s mice friends had sewn her a pink dress for the ball before it got destroyed by her evil stepsisters
  4. In Stevenson’s version, the fairy godmother turns Cinderella’s kitchen into a forest, complete with dragonflies, whereas in Disney’s version Cinderella meets her fairy godmother outside under a tree
  5. In both versions, the fairy godmother gives Cinderella a pair of glass slippers and turns her rags into a gown
  6. In both versions, the fairy godmother turns a pumpkin into a magical coach
  7. In Disney’s version, the mice get turned into horses, whereas in Stevenson’s version four lizards are turned into the horses
  8. In both versions, Cinderella leaves behind one of her glass slippers while rushing out of the ball at midnight
  9. In Stevenson’s version, the prince comes to Cinderella’s house to try to find the owner of the glass slipper, and as Cinderella sits down to try it on her second slipper falls out of her pocket, which is when the prince realizes it was her at the ball and asks for her hand in marriage.
  10. In Disney’s version, when Cinderella goes to try on the glass slipper presented only by the Duke, her evil stepmother trips the Duke causing the glass slipper to fall and shatter. Cinderella then pulls the second slipper out of her apron and proves to the Duke that it fits. Cinderella and the mice are then taken by the Duke to the castle where the prince awaits. 
  11. In both versions, Cinderella’s evil stepsisters both try forcing the glass slipper on before Cinderella gets to, proving that their feet were way too big to fit.
  12. In Stevenson’s version, Cinderella ends up forgiving her stepmother and stepsisters for their cruelty to her, whereas Disney’s version doesn’t mention what happens to them after. 
  13. In both versions, Cinderella and the prince live happily ever after!

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