Katrina Tamminga - Aug. 12, 2010
DENVER- On Sept. 10, Colorado Ballet will commence its 50th anniversary season with a triple-bill production at the Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver. The Anniversary Triple Bill will run for four performances from Sept. 10, through Sept. 12. It is full of excitement and has something for everyone.
“Audiences can expect to see diverse choreography and three distinct choreographic styles— a proven work from Edwaard Liang, the choreographic genius of Lar Lubovitch and a new work from a rising star in the ballet world, Matthew Neenan,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.
Back by audience demand, Liang’s Feast of the Gods will open the Anniversary Triple Bill. Making its world premiere by Colorado Ballet in 2009, this enigmatic ballet celebrates the history and passion of a band of traveling gypsies. Feast of the Gods features intricate choreography and a fast-paced pas de deux all set to Italian composer Ottorino Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances.
“I absolutely love this ballet and love that we are showcasing it at the Newman Center,” Boggs said. “It really displays the dancers’ technique in an intimate environment and audiences will be completely amazed by the phenomenal artistry.”
Second on the three-part program is the reprise of Lubovitch’s “…smile with my heart”. An expansion of Lubovitch’s pas de deux My Funny Valentine, “…smile with my heart” was created in 2002 for American Ballet Theatre as a part of the Richard Rodgers Centennial. Described as athletic, intertwining and unique, “…smile with my heart” earns its title from lyrics within the Rodgers and Hart classic, My Funny Valentine, and employs four excerpts from Marvin Laird’s Fantasie on Themes by Richard Rodgers. Colorado Ballet's own Ballet Mistress Sandra Brown danced the world premiere of this piece at American Ballet Theatre and also worked closely with Lubovitch, restaging the ballet at the Joffrey Ballet. Together, the pair set the work on Colorado Ballet for the first time in 2008. Brown will use her past experiences with “…smile with my heart” to assist the dancers with Lubovitch’s distinct choreographic style.
“…smile with my heart” is a passionate story about the different dynamics of love. It exposes three different relationships, beginning with playfulness, leading to hardship, and ending in a final pas de deux with passion and acceptance of love,” Brown said. “Because of its musicality and uniqueness, this ballet appeals to both the young and the old."
Brown is especially excited to be working with Colorado Ballet Principal Maria Mosina as it is her first time dancing in this piece.
“Seeing this mature artist dance in this production will be so beautiful, she does it very well,” Brown said.
Lastly, Colorado Ballet’s program will close with a witty and impressive world premiere by popular choreographer, Neenan. Boggs continues the tradition of bringing new choreographers to Denver audiences with the introduction of Neenan’s original piece. Currently the choreographer-in-residence at the Pennsylvania Ballet and co-artistic of BalletX, Neenan’s choreography is recognized as fresh, imaginative and technically challenging. He is also the first choreographer Boggs has commissioned to create the closing piece of a mixed-bill program.
“I am very excited about the new work from Neenan,” Boggs said. “He has a very innovative way of looking at classical ballet.”
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