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Colorado Ballet will open 2017/2018 season with Dracula

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Colorado Ballet will open the 2017/2018 season with the crowd-favorite Dracula, October 6-15, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Dracula continues to be one of our most popular productions because it features a beloved, spine-tingling story with seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “The story is easy to follow, the sets are grand, the costumes are lavish and the music is enthralling. These elements coupled with Pink’s sensual choreography makes audiences feel like they are part of the action. I encourage you to stock up on garlic and sink your teeth into this ballet full of terrifying excitement!”

Based on Bram Stoker’s Gothic romantic horror, Dracula tells the story of Jonathan Harker, who travels to Transylvania to do business with the infamous Count Dracula. During his visit, Harker is driven mad by the Count and his vampires and returns home. Dracula becomes enamored with Harker’s fiancée Mina and he travels to England to pursue her. As soon as he arrives in England, Dracula seduces Mina’s friend Lucy and he changes her into one of the undead. Dr. Van Helsing and Lucy’s suitors fail to capture Dracula, which enables him to capture Mina. The men follow Dracula into a crypt to stop him. Only daylight and a stake through his heart can stop him from taking Mina as his own.

Performance dates and times:
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Dracula contains mature content and is not recommended for children ages 12 or younger. The total run time is 2 hours and 24 minutes, which includes two 20 minute intermissions.

Ticket prices range from $30 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Dracula is presented by MidFirst Bank.


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Third season of Attitude on Santa Fe will showcase works choreographed by four Colorado Ballet dancers

Friday, August 18, 2017

Colorado Ballet’s Attitude on Santa Fe production will feature four ballets choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet dancers on September 8 and 9 in the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO.

The September 8 Attitude will feature the performance and the September 9 Attitude will include a catered dinner with a three course meal and wine prior to the performance. Principal Dancers Domenico Luciano and Yosvani Ramos and Corps de Ballet Dancers Arianna Ciccarelli and Kevin Hale will choreograph works for the September Attitude on Santa Fe.

“We are now in our third season of Attitude on Santa Fe productions in our Black Box Theater,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “Every single Attitude performance has sold out and our audiences have enjoyed new or restaged works created and performed by our extremely talented dancers. We are thrilled to give our dancers the opportunity to present their own works because it encourages creativity and showcases emerging choreographers. Plus, it gives our dancers additional opportunities to perform in an intimate setting with patrons who want to see new and innovative works.”

About the ballets:

Domenico Luciano's new untitled ballet features a soundtrack by Michael Jones, who is rearranging a classical piece, Andante by Dmitri Shostakovich, with added sound effects and a five minute soundscape tailored to Luciano's choreography. The 10 minute work features five dancers and will explore the equality of gender. Luciano said that this ballet will be very different from the previous two pieces he has choreographed for Attitude on Santa Fe. According to Luciano, "Male and female dancers will be dressed the same, dance the same phrase, have the same movement vocabulary, and most likely partner same gender in a duet. This will be very contemporary movement, low to the ground, abstract, not really focusing on lines and aesthetic but enhancing the physicality of the dancers."

Yosvani Ramos created his ballet Steps in the Night in 2000 for the English National Ballet's Choreographic Workshop. The ballet will feature five female dancers and two male dancers to the first two movements of Beethoven's 7th Symphony. "I have always wanted to do the whole 7th Symphony, which is in four movements, so the year after in 2001, I choreographed the second moment," said Ramos. "It's neoclassical with strong classical language and a lot of off-the-leg partnering and lifts. It has a sexy feeling to it."

Arianna Ciccarelli's new ballet is a contemporary piece called What Could Have Been; An Unfinished Symphony. Ciccarelli said that she wanted to step out of her comfort zone and explore a different side of dance by choreographing a contemporary work first time. The ballet features two pieces of music: one is a four minute piano piece composed by Wesley Harper, a friend of Ciccarelli's; the second and last piece of music is Knee Play 4 composed by Philip Glass. "Even though there is no formal story line, I think that we all find/use a part of our lives to relate to the movement," said Ciccarelli. "I am very excited to share my experience of choreographing with my co-workers and of course with the audience!"

Kevin Hale’s new untitled work features eight dancers and is set to the music of Radiohead from their album “A Moon Shaped Pool.” According to Hale, “the ballet centers around a robot that is turned on for the first time and is learning everything quickly.” The robot quickly realizes more about life than it should. “When dropped with all the other robots, they start to have feelings and subsequently their glitches start to appear,” said Hale.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. on September 8 and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. On September 9, cocktails begin at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m. The cost for the September 8 performance is $30 and the cost for the September 9 dinner and performance is $85. Seating is limited. To register, visit www.coloradoballet.org/events.

Colorado Ballet plans to host another Attitude on Santa Fe with different works in February 2018.

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Colorado Ballet seeks schools to participate in assembly shows

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Colorado Ballet seeks schools to participate in the school assembly show From the Page to the Stage for shows in October-November 2017 and January 2018.

From the Page to the Stage features Colorado Ballet Studio Company dancers performing excerpts from ballets based on folk tales and literary classics while taking students through the timeline of ballet in school cafeterias, gymnasiums and theaters. This season, Colorado Ballet will feature new From the Page to the Stage productions, with the option for an elementary school show or a middle/high school show. In addition, the productions will feature a brief excerpt from one of Colorado Ballet’s 2017-2018 productions: Dracula, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet.

After the brief show, members of Colorado Ballet’s education staff will discuss a variety of ballet-themed topics including how stories are translated into dance, a brief history of ballet, frequently asked questions about pointe shoes, male roles in dance and more. The assembly will conclude with a question and answer session with dancers from students and teachers in the audience.

After retiring from Colorado Ballet at the end of the 2016-2017 season, former Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Mosina will now take on the role of choreographing the excerpts and working with the Studio Company dancers for the assemblies.

Colorado Ballet has presented assembly shows in schools throughout Colorado for more than 20 years. Schools interested in booking a show for the 2017-2018 school year should contact Colorado Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement department at (303) 339-1619. Spots are limited.

Individuals also have the opportunity to sponsor the program for a school. “My granddaughter Emma started taking lessons at Colorado Ballet's Academy when she was three years old, said Karen Bruggenthies. “Sponsoring an assembly program at my grandchildren's school gave Emma and I a chance to share our love of ballet at its highest level with all of her schoolmates. The students at Rick's Center loved the program! I have always believed firmly in the many benefits children receive through exposure to the arts. I also believe that one of the greatest joys in life is being able to share something you love with another person. Imagine how much more wonderful when you are able share it with hundreds of children at one time! Colorado Ballet's school assembly program is an opportunity to do just that.”

For more information on sponsoring a show for a school or group, contact Colorado Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement department at (303) 339-1619.

From the Page to the Stage performance with Colorado Ballet Studio Company dancers
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Get To Know: Alyssa Fazekas

Thursday, August 03, 2017

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Get To Know: Francesca Martoccio

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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Colorado Ballet to perform An Evening under the Stars at the Arvada Center

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Colorado Ballet will perform a collection of classical and contemporary works at An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 26, 2017 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater. ..


Get To Know: Nicolas Pelletier

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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Get To Know: Sara VanderVoort

Monday, July 31, 2017

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Colorado Ballet presents 2017/2018 Season

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tickets are on sale now at coloradoballet.org!

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Colorado Ballet: Where Athlete Meets Art - Featuring Domenico Luciano

Monday, July 17, 2017

Featuring Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Domenico Luciano

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