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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!

Colorado Ballet's 53rd Season

Friday, August 16, 2013

Colorado Ballet’s 53rd season will feature classical works including Giselle, The Nutcracker and Cinderella at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The season concludes with Ballet Director’s Choice, which includes three contemporary ballets at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

Colorado Ballet opens the season with the hauntingly beautiful classical ballet Giselle, October 4-13, 2013 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Giselle will take the audience on a journey of love, betrayal, death and forgiveness, with live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

KeyBank presents the holiday classic The Nutcracker, November 30 through December 28, 2013 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, classic choreography and Tchaikovsky's extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. This dazzling spectacle of glittering snowflakes and shimmering sugarplums will transport audiences to the Land of Sweets.

In the spring, PwC will present the classic fairy tale Cinderella, February 14-23, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. This well-known tale sprinkled with humor that demonstrates dreams can come true, especially with the help of a fairy godmother.  Cinderella features an enchanting score by Prokofiev, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Colorado Ballet will close out the season with Ballet Director’s Choice, March 28-30, 2014 at Newman Center for the Performing Arts. This production will include Traveling Alone, choreographed by Amy Seiwert; Edwaard Liang’s Feast of the Gods; and a world premiere choreographed by Sandra Brown.

For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org.

Colorado Ballet to perform under the stars at Arvada Center

Thursday, August 08, 2013
Colorado Ballet will present An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 29, 2013 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  

An Evening under the Stars will highlight Colorado Ballet’s 2013-2014 season by featuring previews from several ballets including the Act II Pas de Deux and other excerpts from Giselle as well as selections from Feast of the Gods and Traveling Alone from Ballet Director’s Choice.  The production will also include other classical and contemporary works and the premiere of Piazzola, a new tango piece choreographed by Lorita Travaglia.

Tickets range from $15 to $39.  For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.

Light /The Holocaust & Humanity Project

Saturday, March 16, 2013

By Gil Boggs

While sometimes art serves as a distraction for the viewer and helps them to forget their troubles, other times art challenges its audience to think about issues in the wider world.

For this reason, I chose to bring Light /The Holocaust & Humanity Project to Colorado Ballet. Choreographed by Stephen Mills, Artistic Director at Ballet Austin, Light is set in 5 movements and is based on the life of one Holocaust survivor. After 9/11, Mills was inspired to create a ballet with an impact. He interviewed more than a dozen survivors during his 18 months of research before beginning work on Light.

Mills came to Denver in late January to teach his powerful work to the dancers of Colorado Ballet.

Right now the dancers are working to learn and perfect all the dancing in Light. This is a very emotional ballet, for the audience and the performers. The dancers must attempt to put themselves in the shoes of those who were subjugated during the Holocaust. The level of suffering those people endured is hard to understand, let alone to portray through dance.

Many of Colorado Ballet’s performances, like The Nutcracker, bring a temporary halt to the stress of everyday life and transport viewers into another realm for a short time. Other works, like Light, have the power to make the audience share empathy with those different from themselves and to think about what’s going on in the world today.

This ballet promises to have a stirring impact on all those who experience it. People survived and lived on to thrive even after everything they endured. This is the message I hope viewers take away from Light.

www.coloradoballet.org/light

Ballet MasterWorks

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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