Colorado Ballet Brings William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Colorado Ballet Brings William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Colorado Ballet - Jan. 24, 2011

DENVER—Jan. 24, 2011— Colorado Ballet will present nine performances of William Shakespeare’s classic love story, Romeo & Juliet, beginning Feb. 25, and running through March 6, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Last performed by Colorado Ballet in 2003, Shakespeare’s great play is enacted through ballet by the choreography of Alun Jones and to a score by Sergei Prokofiev, whose music serves as a melodic substitute for Shakespeare’s poetry. Prokofiev assigns themes to particular characters and emotions in the ballet, and uses the recurring themes to musically unite the story and composition. This dramatic score will be performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“The marriage of phenomenal balletic technique to a great score and a powerful plot is the ultimate expression of dramatic ballet,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet’s artistic director.

Because of the power and poignancy of this timeless love story and the popularity of Prokofiev’s dramatic and melodic score, Romeo & Juliet has become one of the most famous of the full-length ballets. Jones’ staging of the ballet focuses on the varying degrees of love among the characters and their relationships to one another as each character is affected differently and each character has its own significance within the story.

“Of all the great dance dramas, Romeo & Juliet is the personification of this,” Boggs said. “The famous balcony scene transforms into one of the most beautiful pas de deuxs in all of classical ballet and the crowd scenes are energized with a dynamic only ballet theatre can achieve.”

While all the roles in the ballet are noteworthy, the roles of Romeo & Juliet require exceptional levels of technique, artistry and strong acting skills. Colorado Ballet’s production of Romeo & Juliet will feature three rotating casts in each of the title roles. Principals Maria Mosina, Sharon Wehner and Corps de Ballet member Caitlin Valentine-Ellis will share the role of Juliet, while Principals Alexei Tyukov, Dmitri Trubchanov and Soloist Viacheslav Buchkovskiy will portray the lovelorn Romeo. Principal Igor Vassine will not be reprising the role of Romeo as he is currently recovering from knee surgery and a foot injury.

Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information:
Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
• Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
• Friday, March 4, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
• Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $19-$135 (plus seat tax). To purchase tickets visit 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.

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 the late 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.