Katrina Tamminga - February 27, 2009
Colorado Ballet is pleased to announce its 2009-2010 season. The five production line-up will include two mixed repertory programs, two full-length story ballets and the annual production of The Nutcracker. Colorado Ballet's 49th season opens for its second year in Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. The four remaining productions will be at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
Opening the 49th season will be the Company premiere of Great Gal/oping Gottschalk, choreographed by Denver native, Lynne Taylor-Corbett. This work will run for one weekend only, beginning Sept. 11 and running through Sept. 13. Commissioned by Mikhail 8aryshnikov for American Ballet Theatre, Taylor-Corbett choreographed this light-hearted and often humorous work to music by American composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Next on the program will be two pas de deux-one classical and one contemporary- showcasing the technical skills and artistry of the Company. Closing the program will be Agnes DeMille's iconic fiodeo, set to the Aaron Copland score. Rodeo follows a young cowgirl on her quest to prove she is as good as any man working on the ranch, along with her pursuit for true love. "The Newman Center is a wonderful venue to showcase our Company," said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. "It offers audiences a new perspective, one that provides an intimate and closer look at our artists."
Beginning Oct. 16 and running through Oct. 25, Colorado Ballet will present the Spanish tale of Don Quixote. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, Don Quixote is a captivating story of windmills, the perfect woman, true love and everything in between. Set to Ludwig Minkus' moving score, this elaborate production, complete with live music, vibrant costumes and striking sets provided by American Ballet Theatre, Don Quixote features the famed "Don Q pas de deux" which is sure to be a highlight of the production.
Colorado Ballet invites audiences of all ages to usher in the holiday season with The Nutcracker. Opening Thanksgiving weekend and running through Dec. 27, this traditional holiday favorite will feature Tchaikovsky's beloved score performed by an orchestra, unforgettable characters and dazzling costumes and scenery. This timeless work is sure to get audiences in the holiday sprit.
Fall in love with Colorado Ballet's premiere of Beauty and the Beast, opening Feb. 19 and running through Feb. 28. Based on the enchanting fairy tale by Charles Perrault, Beauty and the Beast recounts the tale of selflessness, compassion and unconditional love. Commissioned by the Hong Kong Ballet, choreographer Domy Reiter-Soffer's moving ballet of love and ultimate redemption, offers families a modern take on this classic story. With expressive choreography, fantastic costumes, imaginative scenery designed by Reiter-Soffer and a commissioned score by Chinese composer Seen-yee Lam, Beauty and the Beast has all the elements of the traditional fairy tale. Complete with a scheming witch, an innocent girl, a beloved father and a handsome prince, this ballet chronicles a journey filled with things that aren't quite what they appear. However, in the end unconditional love leads to happiness and redemption.
"This is a full- length ballet that will delight the entire family," Boggs said. "I look forward to presenting a fairy tale production in all of its beauty to our audiences."
The season will conclude with a world premiere, a company premiere and an audience favorite, opening March 19 and running through March 28. The Company will open the final program with a world premiere by New York choreographer Brian Reeder, an emerging choreographer who has created works for several companies including the Washington Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Following this world premiere will be the Company's premiere of Echoing of Trumpets, a one act, compelling ballet, choreographed by Antony Tudor. In the bleak starkness of a village besieged, Echoing of Trumpets explores man's inhumanity as he grieves for lost lives in an upturned world. Tudor expertly evokes the emotional turmoil caused by occupying soldiers on the people of a war-ravaged land. Concluding the program will be the ever popular and entertaining Celts, choreographed by Lila York and set to a tradition Irish score. This ballet is sure to have audiences tapping their toes.
Subscriptions, both renewed and new, for the 2009-2010 season are now available. Subscription tables will be staffed in the lobby of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House during the Company's performance season, ending March 21. Subscriptions are comprised of tickets to the four productions, with tickets to The Nutcracker available for subscribers at a discount. To purchase subscription tickets for the 2009-2010 season please call 303-837-8888 or stop by our offices at 1278 Lincoln St. in Denver, CO.