Katrina Tamminga - March 9, 2010
Colorado Ballet will close its 49th season with three uniquely different, but equally emotionally poignant works. The production begins with the world premiere of Eventually, choreographed by Brian Reeder. Audiences will then see the Company premiere of Antony Tudor’s riveting Echoing of Trumpets. The production ends on an exciting note with Lila York’s Irish-inspired Celts. Colorado Ballet’s 3motions will run for eight performances from March 19 through March 28 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs introduces 3motions as clever, heartrending and electrifying. “These three ballets are incredibly different from each other, but as a production these ballets demonstrate the broad artistic repertoire of Colorado Ballet’s dancers,” said Boggs. “The production not only showcases the dancers’ phenomenal technique, but also demonstrates their artistic talent as they go from a humorous work, to a ballet dealing with raw human emotion to an incredibly upbeat and spirited ballet.”
Eventually is a brand-new work created specifically for Colorado Ballet’s 3motions. Formerly a member of American Ballet Theatre, Reeder is beginning to make a name for himself as a choreographer as well. He has created works for several companies including the Washington Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Inspired by people-watching in New York City, Eventually illustrates the juxtaposition between young and old, fast and slow.
“We are all at different stages in our lives, with different paces and for some this is much more noticeable than for others,” Reeder said. “Our physicalities are always changing and it’s apparent everywhere.”
Following the world premiere will be the Company’s premiere of Echoing of Trumpets, Tudor’s one act, compelling ballet set during the World War II Nazi occupation. This powerful ballet memorializes the Czechoslovakian village of Lidice, which was completely destroyed in 1942, by Nazi forces. Echoing of Trumpets explores man’s inhumanity as he grieves for lost lives in an upturned world. Tudor expertly evokes the emotional turmoil of the people of a war-ravaged land caused by occupying soldiers.
The program draws to a close with York’s ever popular and entertaining Celts. Set to a traditional Irish score, York describes Celts as being made up of images from the long history of Ireland.
“Celts is a story of a brave and beleaguered people who have triumphed and retained their cultural heritage,” York said.
Friday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 27, at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m.