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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

By Gil Boggs

Stravinsky, Balanchine, and Caniparoli with more dancers on stage and musicians in the pit than you can imagine. Unlike anything we have done before, be prepared to be exhausted when you leave. In other words don’t miss it, you want believe what you see!

The Rite of Spring, composed by Igor Stravinsky, has an almost primitive sound that when paired with the sharp movements and sometimes odd angles of the dancers' motions evokes a powerful response. It's not surprising that when this piece debuted in Paris in 1913 it caused audience outrage. At this point in time, no one had ever heard orchestral music and seen choreography with such raw, wild, unrefined sound and movement.

Even though this year is The Rite of Spring's 100th anniversary, this piece doesn't sound like anything else composed before most people had radios. The primal beat and dissonant chords in the music help the viewer really immerse themselves in the ballet's story of paganism and human sacrifice.

The level athleticism and technical difficulty in the dancing is incredible, the music and choreography are an excellent pair and the minimal costuming will certainly evoke primal feelings.

The dancers and musicians are going to blow you away! Performances Feb. 22-March 3.

Visit www.coloradoballet.org for tickets.

Ballet’s Grand Jetés: From Swan Lake to Petrushka

Thursday, September 27, 2012

By Gil Boggs

The University of Denver will offer a ballet history course this October and it will feature Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs as a guest lecturer on October 11.  This class also includes a ticket to Colorado Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty and Colorado Symphony Orchestra's Petrushka.  Enrollment is open until October 4.

Ballet’s Grand Jetés: From Swan Lake to Petrushka

Originally, ballet wasn’t much more than gaudy entertainment for wealthy Italian dukes. But over the centuries, the music of great composers such as Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky elevated it to an honored—and well-traveled—art form. Enhanced by videos and an in-class visit from Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs, this course led by popular Enrichment instructor Marc Shulgold retraces ballet’s evolution and journey (grand jetés!) across Europe. After its exportation to France in the 1500s, ballet flourished under Louis XIV. His love of dance encouraged court choreographers to add the perfume of French refinement. Though post-revolution Paris became Europe’s dance capital, by the late 1800s ballet had packed its bags again—this time for Russia, where French-born dance-maker Marius Petipa teamed with Tchaikovsky to create masterworks that still captivate the world. (See for yourself when you attend Colorado Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty.) Then, in the early 1900s, a troupe of brilliant Russian dancers and choreographers—including young Igor Stravinsky—left their homeland and brought ballet back to Paris, scandalizing the city with new works that mixed classic beauty with modern eroticism. Conclude this journey of danse with a semi-staged performance of Stravinsky’s Petrushka by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Performance tickets included. 10% discount to Ballet and Symphony subscribers.

Format:
Five sessions
Thur., 7–9 pm, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 2012
The Sleeping Beauty, Sat., 7:30 pm, Oct. 13,
Petrushka, Sat., 7:30 pm, Oct. 27,
Denver Performing Arts Complex

CRN 1108 / $205

Instructor:
Marc Shulgold, music journalist, concert lecturer, teacher. After working at the Los Angeles Times for 12 years, Marc became the first—and the last—music and dance writer at The Rocky Mountain News, covering the cultural scene throughout the region for nearly 22 years.

Questions?
Call 303-871-2291 or 1-800-347-2042, or email uc-registration@du.edu.
http://universitycollege.du.edu/enrichment/

PPE 0186 - Music/Dance: Ballet's Jetés

Colorado Ballet closes season in New York

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Gil Boggs

Colorado Ballet soared to new heights during the 2011-2012 season! We had a very successful fall with Swan Lake, which exceeded our goals and amazed everyone who had the chance to see it. Nearly 47,000 people attended our annual production of The Nutcracker, which was an incredible way to close out 2011.

This spring, we took flight with Peter Pan and dazzled audiences with high-flying adventure. Choreographer Michael Pink and composer Philip Feeney brought this timeless story to life and amazed audiences of all ages.

In March, we paid homage to our founders Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker in Tribute. This collection three contemporary world premieres by three innovative female choreographers featured Emery LeCrone, Archetypes; Jodie Gates, Embellish; and Amy Seiwert, Traveling Alone.

We leave today to perform at the Gotham Dance Festival at The Joyce Theatre at the invitation of Jodie Gates. Gates chose two companies to show the span of her work: Colorado Ballet and BalletX from Philadelphia. We are so honored to perform Jodie Gates’ Embellish this weekend in New York.

Chandra Kuykendall and Alexei Tyukov in Embellish
Tribute
Photo by Terry Shapiro


Never a better Neverland!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

By Gil Boggs

Our performances of this Peter Pan production have exceeded my wildest dreams. It is rare to see (and hear) an audience completely engaged and mesmerized from the first note played by the orchestra to the final pose of the dancers but that is what is happening performance after performance! There is a wonderful magic in the theater each night along with the standing ovations and yelling by children (of all ages) at the end of each performance for both of our very talented cast. If you ever get the chance be sure to treat yourself to a story that never grows old...

Peter, Tinkerbell, Wendy and you...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

By Gil Boggs

After a record setting Swan Lake and almost 47,000 Denverites attending our production of Nutcracker, it's now time to go "Flying." Our company premiere of Michael Pink's latest creation, Peter Pan is opening Fri Feb 24th and you have got to see this! New choreography, sets, costumes and a truly magical original score by Phillip Feeny is your ticket to Neverland.

When I first saw this production in Milwaukee, I was entranced to say the least.  It wasn't hard to realize how much Denver audiences, both young and old, would enjoy this ballet. The flying scenes are spectacular, the story is straight out of the book, and with our own Colorado Ballet Orchestra in the pit along with singing by the Colorado Children's Chorale, this is going to be one of CB's best productions to date.

And maybe the best part is you, the audience, are called upon to participate in a very important moment in the ballet. I won't tell what it is, but I guarantee it will bring a tear to your eye...

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