Single tickets will go on sale tomorrow for Colorado Ballet’s 57th season, which will include Dracula, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Ballet Director’s Choice at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
Colorado Ballet opens its 57th season with the crowd-favorite Dracula, October 6-15, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
Dracula features choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Based on Bram
Stoker’s Gothic horror, Dracula features seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula.
The season continues with the holiday classic The Nutcracker, November 25 through December 24, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
The 57th annual production features timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet
Orchestra. In addition to being the largest production of The Nutcracker in the state, Colorado Ballet’s 2016 production was named the
best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. in the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award contest.
In the spring, Colorado Ballet will present the Shakespearean love story Romeo and Juliet, February 16-25, 2018 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
The romantic ballet features choreography by Derek Deane and music by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Prokofiev’s
music serves as a melodic substitute for Shakespeare's poetry and Deane’s staging of the ballet focuses on the characters’ relationships.
Colorado Ballet will close out its season with a collection of ballets in Ballet Director’s Choice, March 30-April 1, 2018 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
Ballet Director’s Choiceincludes Pillar of Fire by choreographer Antony Tudor and music by Arnold Schoenberg, Brief Fling by choreographer Twyla Tharp with music by Michel Colombier and Percy Grainger, and a third work to be announced. Colorado Ballet received a grant
from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to perform Pillar of Fire.
Tickets range from $30 to $155. Visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2. To continue
reducing the number of ticket resellers who buy Colorado Ballet tickets and resell them at much higher prices, the print-at-home option for tickets
will not be available until approximately one month before each production opens. Until then, Colorado Ballet will send paper copies of tickets
in the mail at no additional charge to ticket buyers. Colorado Ballet used this strategy for the first time last season and it significantly cut
down on the number of ticket resellers.
In addition to the season performances, Colorado Ballet will perform at the Vail Dance Festival on July 31 and August 1. For more information, visit
www.vaildance.org. Colorado Ballet will also perform An Evening under the Stars at the Arvada
Center Outdoor Amphitheater on August 26. For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.
For the second season in a row, Colorado Ballet will also have two Attitude on Santa Fe productions in its Black Box Theater during the season.
Attitude on Santa Fe features three original works choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet dancers. The Company will present two
Attitude on Santa Fe performances in September 2017 and two performances with different works in February 2018. Information about these
performances will be available soon on Colorado Ballet’s website.
Current Colorado Ballet season subscribers, today is the last day to renew your subscription and keep your seats! Also, today is the last day for new subscribers
to get first choice of seats before single tickets go on sale on July 15. Season subscriptions will still be available for purchase until the season
begins, but now is your chance to get seats before the general public! The 2017/2018 season will include Dracula, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Ballet Director's Choice. The 2017/2018 subscription package includes Dracula, Romeo and Juliet and Ballet Director's Choice.
Why should you become a 2017/2018 Colorado Ballet season subscriber? As a subscriber, you will receive:
25% off all performances and any additional tickets
Choose your preferred dates and times early
Invitations to exclusive events
Priority seating before the general public
Complimentary ticket exchanges
For more information on renewing or purchasing a new season subscription, click here.
By Sharon Wehner, Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer
Yoga has been a great adjunct to my training as a dancer in so many ways... It is a great form of cross-training not only for the body, but mind and
spirit as well.
I started yoga years ago, because it felt good to slow down in my body and breathe and do something that felt physical, yet not based on an aesthetic
goal. In ballet, we are always striving to meet an external expectation, because it is ultimately a performance art. Although a dancer is expressing
themselves from the inside-out as an artist, as a performer, they still have an obligation to meet audience pressures and expectations, as well
as technical and aesthetic demands from the choreography. In yoga, the focus is more internal.
Although alignment and form are important in terms of health and "improvement," the ultimate purpose is to create greater harmony within the body,
mind and spirit, regardless of how you look. You get to explore your own personal "edge," but without any judgement or expectation (except your
own, which becomes a learning experience in its own right).
The practice of yoga goes far beyond the physical asana (postures). A person can practice yoga on many levels, depending on how deep they are desiring
to go with it in terms of physical, emotional, and spiritual commitment. It really stems from a body of ancient Wisdom Teachings that can be explored
and practiced in everyday life, not just on your yoga mat. As someone who has danced her entire life, I would say that the same is true about dancing,
if you choose to take that perspective. I love any practice that involves a commitment to challenge and explore the interface of internal and external
landscapes of our creative spirits, whether it manifests through asana postures, meditation, spinning 32 times on pointe, or embodying Juliet.
I became a teacher, partly because I wanted to explore and understand the deeper aspects of yoga myself. Yoga goes very deep, in terms of spirituality,
and very wide, in terms of styles and permutations. You can practice yoga with the goal of increasing health, or with the goal of expanding your
consciousness, and everything in between. And all are valid.
Ultimately, I was interested in helping people find peace and healing through a physical practice that is very accessible to most people, if they have
a teacher who is sensitive to their individual needs. Just being able to move or sit, and pay attention to your breathe while doing so, is a powerful
yogic practice. So many people think you have to be experienced, strong, or flexible to do yoga, or even to dance. As a teacher, I like to show
people that all these assumptions are myths. Everybody has an inner dancer within them, and everyone has an inner wise yogi, both flexible and
Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Sharon Wehner teaches yoga
Colorado Ballet will perform at the 2017 Vail Dance Festival in Dancing in the Park: Colorado Ballet at 5:30 p.m. on July 31 at the Avon Performance Pavilion, Nottingham Park in Avon, CO and American Dance Classics at 7:30 p.m. on August 1 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO. ..