Katrina Tamminga - April 26, 2011
Denver, Colo., April 26, 2011, 1:00 p.m. (M.S.T.)—Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs announced the Company’s 2011-2012 performance season. Marking the Company’s 51st season, the four-production lineup will stay true to Boggs’ artistic vision of presenting superior quality classical ballet and innovative dance. The upcoming season reflects the melding of technically-challenging traditional ballet with highly innovative contemporary premieres.
“This season is one that I am extremely proud to share with Colorado and am certain there is something for everyone,” said Boggs. “From swans to flying characters, sugarplums to world premieres, this season is sure to exceed your expectations in every way.”
Colorado Ballet’s season opens with one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, Swan Lake. Opening Oct. 7, and running through Oct. 23, 2011, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Colorado Ballet’s version of Swan Lake will feature choreography after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with original choreography by two of today’s premiere ballet masters, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, former principal dancers with American Ballet Theatre, and Sandra Brown, ballet mistress for Colorado Ballet. Boggs and Lorita Travaglia, ballet mistress for Colorado Ballet, also assisted in the staging of the production. The new choreography was first set on Colorado Ballet to sold-out audiences in October 2008. The grand work will be performed to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s intense and vivid original score, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Presented in four acts, Swan Lake depicts the immortal themes of love unrequited and love redeemed throughout. Boggs describes Swan Lake as the quintessential traditional ballet.
“This production of Swan Lake is the original masterpiece in all of its historic grandeur and mystical intrigue and it has been revitalized with choreographic innovation,” said Boggs. “The juxtaposition of Odette and Odile, and the intense artistry that goes into portraying these characters, coupled with the compelling score and the highly-intense plot, make this one of the most extraordinary and noteworthy ballets of all time.”
Colorado Ballet’s season continues in November with Denver’s favorite holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. From the glittering snowflakes to the shimmering sugarplums to Mother Ginger and her candy-studded bonnet, The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters and dazzling costumes and scenery by José Varona. Classic choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, is bound to complement the magic of any family’s seasonal traditions. There will be 26 opportunities to see E.T.A. Hoffman’s traditional tale come to life beginning Nov. 26, and continuing through Dec. 24, 2011, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
In February, take flight with Colorado Ballet as the Company heads on a thrilling journey to Neverland. From the artistic duo behind Dracula, choreographer Michael Pink and composer Philip Feeney, Peter Pan takes over the stage at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, beginning Feb. 24, and running through March 4, 2012. Pink’s version of Peter Pan made its world premiere with the Milwaukee Ballet in 2010 and is now making its Denver debut with Colorado Ballet, complete with brand-new costumes and scenery, high-flying characters and imaginative choreography. Set to Feeney’s original enlivening score, J.M. Barrie’s beloved children’s tale of Wendy and the boy who never grows up is sure to please audiences of all ages.
“Michael Pink is a wonderful and visionary choreographer,” said Boggs. “He proved himself to Denver audiences with Dracula and I have no doubt that audiences will be blown away by Peter Pan, his latest creative masterpiece.”
The upcoming season will see a change in the Company’s season calendar as the mixed-repertory bill traditionally presented in the fall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver, will move to the spring. Tribute, a collection of three innovative and contemporary world premieres by three female choreographers will run March 29, through April 1, 2012, at the Newman Center.
“I am especially proud of this production as it pays homage to Colorado Ballet’s founders, the late Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker,” said Boggs. “These two women had the courage and dream to imagine world-class dance in Denver, and for that we owe them so much. This production is a testament to the vision of Lillian and Freidann and demonstrates the successes of female leaders and artists in ballet.”
Emery LeCrone and Jodie Gates are among the three choreographers whose work will be included in the mixed-bill production and will both make their choreographic debuts with the Company. The young LeCrone uses her choreography on dancers in the same way a playwrite would on actors. She encourages the dancers she works with to understand both the structure and context of her pieces. Gates has been creating works for companies throughout the world for over a decade and uses her role as a choreographer to help women move beyond traditional roles. Rounding out the production will be a world premiere by choreographer Amy Seiwert. A former recipient of Dance Magazine’s prestigious “Top 25 to Watch”, Seiwert made her choreographic debut with Colorado Ballet in 2009, with the world premier of her ballet, Things Left Unsaid.
As a special addition to Colorado Ballet’s 2011-2012 season, the Company will appear in two additional performances, one at the Vail International Dance Festival and another at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts. The Company will take the stage at the internationally acclaimed Vail International Dance Festival on Aug. 8, 2011, at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. The Company will perform the world premiere of LeCrone’s work in the evening’s program, Upclose: Premieres, a program that will also include works by Christopher Wheeldon and Richard Siegal with dancers from New York City Ballet and Trey McIntyre Project.
On Aug. 27, 2011, Colorado Ballet will present various classical excerpts in An Evening Under the Stars at the Arvada Center. This marks Colorado Ballet’s fourth year at the Arvada Center and is always a beautiful of evening of dance. Season subscriptions to Colorado Ballet’s 2011-2012 season will be available for purchase May 2, 2011, and tickets to individual performances will be available for purchase Aug. 22, 2011.
About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a nonprofit organization presenting superior quality classical ballet and innovative dance through performances, training and education programs that enhance the cultural life of the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet has transformed over the last 51 years, from a small ballet school to the nationally recognized professional company it is today. With 30 professional dancers, 15 Studio Company dancers, a dance academy with over 400 students in two locations and an education and outreach department serving over 750,000 Colorado residents in the last 12 years alone, Colorado Ballet is one of the leading performing arts organizations in the state. Season subscriptions are available May 2, 2011.