Katrina Tamminga - October 21, 2008
Company will develop and implement dance tour across Colorado that will celebrate the state’s unique cultural legacy
Colorado Ballet is pleased to announce its receipt of the 2009 Colorado Masterpieces award from the Colorado Council on the Arts. The $55,000 grant will support a dance tour showcasing the extraordinary art of ballet, with emphasis on Colorado’s cultural and artistic legacy in ballet.
Colorado Ballet will launch the 5city tour in September 2009 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver. Tour stops are being planned in Greeley, Sterling, Pueblo and Colorado Springs. The production will feature selections from Great Galloping Gottschalk by Colorado native and Tonynominated Lynne TaylorCorbett, Agnes de Mille’s classic ballet Rodeo, Don Quixote and The Grapes of Wrath.
Colorado Ballet is honored to have been selected and is thrilled to share Colorado’s unique cultural legacy in the art of ballet with the state. “It has always been a vision of mine since coming to Colorado Ballet that this Company tour throughout the state” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “The quality of dance this company exhibits is something Coloradoans should be proud of and something all Coloradoans should have the opportunity to enjoy.”
The Ballet was selected in part due to its commitment to education and outreach. “The programming of our Education and Outreach department is the ‘hidden gem’ of Colorado Ballet,” said Colorado Ballet Executive Director Lisa Snider. “We are very pleased to taking it on the road.”
Colorado Ballet is the third recipient of the Colorado Masterpieces award, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts through their American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius. Each year the program funds a single statewide tour of an exhibit or performance highlighting and celebrating the art form as it pertains to the state of Colorado. Past recipients include Foothill Art Center in 2007 for a Colorado landscape painting exhibit and the Colorado Symphony for a westernthemed concert in 2008.