Colorado Ballet Resurrects Dracula

Colorado Ballet Resurrects Dracula

Katrina Tamminga - Sept. 21, 2010

DENVER—Sept. 21, 2010— Denver audiences are encouraged to stock up on garlic and watch their necks as Count Dracula returns in Colorado Ballet’s Dracula. An audience favorite, Dracula takes a bite out of Denver once again from Oct. 15-24, 2010 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Center.

Back by popular demand, Colorado Ballet’s Dracula is a spine-tingling production based on Bram Stoker’s gothic horror and offers audiences an eerie and frightening tale of the nocturnal Count. Portrayed through dance, Dracula reveals passion and beauty in a way the book cannot. With a masterful combination of choreography by Michael Pink, inspired direction by Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs, an original score by Philip Feeney and inimitable sets and costume designs by Lez Brotherston, Dracula delivers sensuality and fear like no other ballet can.

Dracula is a unique full-length ballet in that it is radically different from tutus and classical dance,” Boggs said. “While it does demonstrate the dancers’ classical technique, there is also a great deal of focus on characterization, music and costumes. These elements coupled with Pink’s mesmerizing and sensual choreography makes it seem much more like a theatrical production and offers something completely distinctive and in a class of its own.”

Dracula originally took Denver by storm in 2001 and has been an audience favorite throughout the years. Last revived in 2007, Boggs is excited to bring back the popular production as part of Colorado Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Season.

“Our audience is constantly requesting this production,” Boggs said. “The dancers also love this ballet and are so excited to be reprising many of the roles they have danced in the past.”

Among those dancers reprising their roles in Dracula will be Maria Mosina who returns as the vivacious and pure Lucy and Sharon Wehner who returns as the exquisitely stunning, Mina. Igor Vassine makes an eerie and frightful return as the Count himself, along with other principal dancers who taking on roles in rotating casts.

Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information:

Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

• Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. (*special public event pre performance)
• Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
• Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $19-$135 (plus seat tax). To purchase tickets visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2. The Colorado Ballet Ticketing Office is located at 1278 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80203 and is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Flexible Ticket Packages:
For a limited time Colorado Ballet is offering flexible ticket packages. Patrons can save 30 percent on tickets by purchasing a flexible package. The package includes 10 tickets that can be used for any performance of any production throughout Colorado Ballet’s 2010-2011 season.

*Denver Goes Batty:
Oct. 16, 2010 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Join Colorado Ballet and the Denver Center for an afternoon of ghoulish activities and behind-the-scenes spooky fun, when both Colorado Ballet and the Denver Center Theatre Company will have performances of their grand productions of Dracula. Use code BATTY to get specially priced tickets for the performances that day – two tickets for $60. Arrive early for Colorado Ballet’s evening performance and take part in activities like: ghost tours of the Denver Performing Arts Complex (4:30-6:30 p.m.); learn the “Thriller” dance from Colorado Ballet (hourly from 4:00-6:00 p.m.); fake blood-making; costumes for try-on from Colorado Ballet and the Molly Brown House; face painting and coloring; spooky dramatic readings; cast appearances from the Denver Center;
Sword-fight demonstrations by Colorado Ballet; Blood typing with Bonfils Blood Center; a Young Professionals lounge at Limelight with a special menu and ghoulish drinks; and special giveaways. The event will take place in the lobby of both the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Bonfils Theater, as well as the Galleria and Limelight in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Everyone is welcome.

About Colorado Ballet
Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet’s dancers come from all parts of the world. Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 50 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver. Colorado Ballet presents 47 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of the Colorado community through performances, training and educational programs.

 

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