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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

Swan Lake - by the numbers

Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Swan Lake - by the numbers

Colorado Ballet opens 56th season with Swan Lake

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Colorado Ballet opens its 56th season with 11 performances of the romantic classic Swan Lake, October 7-23, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic score performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Swan Lake 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.  Complete with grand sets and elaborate costumes, Colorado Ballet’s Swan Lake stays true to the traditional choreography, with an original waltz in the first act and a new fourth act that premiered in 2008.

“Presented in four acts with two intermissions, Colorado Ballet’s production has the traditional elements that die-hard Swan Lake lovers will enjoy, while adding a few new elements that premiered in 2008 to keep the choreography fresh and vibrant,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “For example, most versions of Swan Lake feature a fourth act, but this version features unique choreography in the fourth act that is absolutely brilliant.”

The ballet tells the story of Prince Siegfried, who falls in love with Odette, a beautiful princess cursed by the evil Baron Von Rothbart.  Unless the curse is broken by a royal marriage vow, Odette is doomed to forever spend her days as the Swan Queen.  The sorcerer and his daughter Odile, work together to destroy their romance in this classical ballet masterpiece.

According to Boggs, Swan Lake will feature some of the greatest acting audiences will see during a ballet performance, with the lead female dancers portraying both Odette, the princess turned into a swan, and Odile, the evil black swan.  “This feat is extremely challenging both psychologically and physically,” said Boggs.  “In addition to the stunning choreography, Colorado Ballet’s Swan Lake is huge in size and scope.  At one point during the ballet, we will have 27 swans on stage at the same time.  The grandeur of this ballet will leave you speechless and it cannot be missed.”

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


Kevin Gael Thomas talks about his new ballet for Attitude on Santa Fe

Friday, August 12, 2016

Through a beautifully choreographed dance for Attitude on Santa Fe, Colorado Ballet Soloist, Kevin Gael Thomas pays homage to his home city of Nice after the tragic attack.
 
This video features Artists of Colorado Ballet and Kevin Gael Thomas
 
Attitude on Santa Fe: September 23-24, 2016
Colorado Ballet's Black Box Theater
 
For Tickets Visit: www.coloradoballet.org

Colorado Ballet to perform An Evening under the Stars at Arvada Center

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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

Save 20% at Colorado Ballet's An Evening under the Stars

Monday, July 20, 2015

Colorado Ballet will perform a collection of works at An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 22, 2015 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO 80003.

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; the promotion is not valid on lawn seats and it expires on August 6.  For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.

An Evening under the Stars will featuring excerpts from upcoming and past productions as well as other classical and contemporary works.  The performance will include the contemporary ballet In Pieces by choreographer Val Caniparoli, which made its world premiere with Colorado Ballet in 2013.  Featuring dramatic lighting and costumes, the ballet is set to Poul Ruders' musical composition Concerto in Pieces.

Chandra Kuykendall and Jesse Marks perform "In Pieces"
Photo by Sue Daniels Photography

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.

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