Katrina Tamminga - January 31, 2008
Colorado Ballet is excited to announce its 2008-2009 season. Four productions will be at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Repertory Series. With a nod to highlighting the company in a new venue, Colorado Ballet will also perform a program of three works at the Newman Center on the University of Denver campus.
On September 12, 2008, Colorado Ballet’s new season will begin with an exciting twist. Audiences will be treated with a triple bill of “best of the best” performances from Colorado Ballet’s previous seasons plus a new work. Presented in the intimate setting of the Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center, the season opener includes Bruch’s Violin Concerto choreographed by Clark Tippet. The program will include a reprise of Jessica Lang’s From Foreign Lands and People, choreographed for Colorado Ballet in 2005. Next the company will present a new piece for Colorado Ballet, Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet, with music by Frederic Chopin. Choreographed by Peter Anastos and set to the accompaniment of solo piano, Yes, Virginia is a light comedy that is sure to entertain. Performances will run Sept. 12, 13 and 14.
“We’re proud to present two favorites from previous seasons together with a work new to Colorado Ballet in a new venue,” said Gil Boggs, artistic director of Colorado Ballet. “Repertory performances such as this truly show our dancers amazing artistry.” Colorado Ballet is excited to bring back the ballet classic Swan Lake this fall. Originally choreographed by Maurice Petipa, Swan Lake is an enchanting tale set to Tchaikovsky’s majestic score. The production of Swan Lake will run for three weekends in October from Oct. 11 to Oct. 26.
Audiences are invited to ring in the holiday season with the rich, vibrant costumes and scenery, unforgettable characters, and Tchaikovsky’s treasured music in the story of The Nutcracker. Opening Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday, Nov. 28, ballet patrons will have 24 opportunities to see this iconic holiday classic. The 2008-2009 season will also include three performances after Christmas, one on Dec. 26 and two on Dec. 27.
Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a mystical and charming ballet with a comedic tale of love and magic. Wheeldon is the artistic director of his newly formed company, Morphoses, which had its company debut in Vail, Colorado, in the summer of 2007. Colorado Ballet will present eight performances beginning Feb. 28, 2009. Currently New York City Ballet’s resident choreographer and considered one of the top ballet choreographers in the world today, Wheeldon choreographed this Shakespearean story for Colorado Ballet in 2000, marking his first full-length production.
Opening the following weekend on March 7 is The Repertory Series, which will run ‘in rep’ with A Midsummer Night’s Dream through March 23. The Repertory Series is an evening consisting of two world premieres, one by Amy Seiwert, an accomplished dancer with Smuin Ballet and an active choreographer. Edwaard Liang, who is recognized for his dance and choreography careers, will create a new work for Colorado Ballet as well. Also on the program is In the Upper Room. In the Upper Room is an exciting mix of classic ballet and modern dance choreographed by renowned Twyla Tharp to a commissioned score by Philip Glass. Since 1963 Tharp has choreographed more than 135 dances, five Hollywood movies and three Broadway shows, and remains one of the most well known choreographers in the ballet world.
Subscriptions for the 2008-2009 season will be available beginning opening night of Coppélia on Feb. 23, 2008. Current subscribers have the opportunity to renew now. Single tickets will be available June 16. Subscriptions are comprised of three or more performances and begin at $91. To purchase tickets for Colorado Ballet performances please call 303-837-8888 or visit us online at www.ColoradoBallet.org.