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Interview with Colorado Ballet dancer Morgan Buchanan

Thursday, November 20, 2014

This video features artists Morgan Buchanan rehearsing Dew Drop from "The Nutcracker."

Colorado Ballet will present "The Nutcracker" November 29-December 27, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Visit www.coloradoballet.org for more information. Presented by KeyBank.

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Crystals from "The Nutcracker"

Monday, November 17, 2014


This video features artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Crystals from the Snow scene of "The Nutcracker."

Colorado Ballet will present "The Nutcracker" November 29-December 27, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Visit www.coloradoballet.org for more information.  Presented by KeyBank.

KDVR Fox31: Colorado Ballet’s outreach program brings fairy tales to life

Thursday, November 13, 2014
This story aired on KDVR Fox31 on November 12, 2014. It features Colorado Ballet's "From the Page to the Stage" program.

Don't overpay for Colorado Ballet tickets - avoid ticket scammers!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Unfortunately, ticket scammers are out again, purchasing tickets to Colorado Ballet productions and reselling them at much higher prices.  We encourage our patrons to be cautious when purchasing tickets to our productions, especially for The Nutcracker.  We have seen tickets on these sites for sale for as high as $350 each.  We don't want our patrons overpaying for tickets--the highest price level that Colorado Ballet offers is $155.

When purchasing tickets to Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker and other shows, we encourage you to only purchase through our website, www.coloradoballet.org or Altitude Tickets, www.altitudetickets.com.  These are the only two ticketing sites that we endorse.  We also occasionally sell tickets to select performances through Travelzoo, LivingSocial and Goldstar.  If you see our tickets for sale on any other websites, please note that these are not authorized vendors and you could get scammed.

If you purchase tickets through www.coloradoballet.org, please note that we do not include additional fees for print-at-home tickets--all taxes and fees are included in the price of the ticket.  So, a $25 ticket is $25 with the print-at-home option.  There is a small fee for will call or to have tickets mailed to you.  If you purchase on www.coloradoballet.org or through Altitude Tickets, you can pick your own seats.  Beware of sites that do not allow you to see exactly where you are sitting!  If they tell you what "zone" you are in but do not show you where the seats are located, you are probably paying too much for your tickets.

Colorado Ballet offers six ticket price levels, which are spread throughout the different levels in the venues.  Here are the prices of Colorado Ballet's tickets during the 2014-2015 season:

  • Pointe Circle - $155
  • Spotlight Circle - $120
  • A Seating - $90
  • B Seating - $75
  • C Seating - $50
  • D Seating - $25

If you see Colorado Ballet tickets for sale at prices higher than these, they are probably for sale through a non-authorized ticketing vendor that has added on additional fees.  Additionally, if you purchase through another site, unfortunately, our ticketing staff cannot help with any ticketing problems.  We want our patrons to have the best experience possible, so please be cautious when purchasing tickets.  We hope you enjoy the ballet!

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Colorado Ballet presents 54th annual production of The Nutcracker

Monday, November 03, 2014
Colorado Ballet will light up the stage with The Nutcracker, presented by KeyBank, November 29 through December 27, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  This holiday tradition features classic choreography after Marius Petipa paired with Tchaikovsky's score performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

This marks the 54th year that Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker has been a part of Colorado’s holiday celebration.  The Nutcracker features memorable characters including Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugarplum Fairy as well as dazzling costumes, onstage blizzards and larger-than-life sets.

The Nutcracker is the best way to kick off the holiday season and it is a must-see for children and adults,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “This enchanting adventure will transport audiences to a magical world of awe and wonder. It doesn’t matter how many times I have seen The Nutcracker, every performance is still magic.  That is why nearly 50,000 people see our production each year.”

In addition to Colorado Ballet’s professional Company and Studio Company on stage, more than 60 students from the Colorado Ballet Academy will perform as polichinelles, party children, soldiers, angels and sugarplum attendants.

“Year after year, Colorado Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker continues to be one of Colorado’s most popular holiday traditions,” said Boggs.  “We encourage people to purchase their tickets early because last season, we sold out 19 of the 25 performances and the year before, we sold out 18 of the 24 performances.  It is still as popular as ever!”

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Colorado Ballet names new building The Armstrong Center for Dance

Friday, October 24, 2014

Colorado Ballet announced today that they have named Colorado Ballet’s new building at 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204 "The Armstrong Center for Dance” in honor of Liz and Bill Armstrong, long-time Colorado Ballet patrons, past trustees, and donors. The new facility for Colorado Ballet opened its doors in late August.

Colorado Ballet purchased the building on Santa Fe Drive in January 2013 and after a year and half of major renovations and a capital campaign moved from their previous home at 1278 Lincoln Street. Liz and Bill Armstrong served as the lead donors on this project.  As past trustees, it was always their dream that Colorado Ballet would have its own home.

“We are thrilled to name the new building, The Armstrong Center for Dance,” said Liz Armstrong.  “After seeing the building, knowing the years of work that went into making this dream happen, this facility is beyond what we could have imagined.  Bill and I couldn’t be happier to invest in the future of Colorado Ballet and have our name on the facility for decades to come.”

Colorado Ballet's new $6.5 million facility hosts rehearsal and training studios as well administrative offices, while performances will continue to take place primarily in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

“The Armstrong Center for Dance puts Colorado Ballet’s company on the national level and enhances the training of the next generation of dancers,” said Colorado Ballet's Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “Bill and Liz Armstrong’s generous donation to name The Armstrong Center for Dance supports us in owning our own building for the first time in our nearly 54-year history.”

The new facility, designed by Denver-based Semple Brown Design, features eight state-of-the-art dance studios for Colorado Ballet’s professional Company and the Colorado Ballet Academy. In addition, a multi-use black box theater will function as both a dance studio and performance space equipped with theatrical lighting, sound and telescoping seats for presenting smaller performances and hosting outside groups and their events.  Improved amenities for the Company also include locker rooms, showers and a physical therapy room. The new Academy location also includes safer student drop-off and increased parking in the neighborhood for Academy families. Denver-based CMC Group, Inc. was the contractor.

A sign with “The Armstrong Center for Dance” will be added to the outside of the main entrance of the building soon.

“As a former board chair of Colorado Ballet, I’ve seen the organization transform over the years but this building is a statement to the city of Denver that the ballet is an organization that is here to stay,” said Liz Armstrong. “That is very exciting for everyone involved with Colorado Ballet and we can’t wait to see the next generation of dancers come out of The Armstrong Center for Dance.”

Photo by David Lauer

Teeth [Dracula] - Colorado Ballet

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Show us your teeth! Colorado Ballet's presents Dracula for an exclusive Halloween weekend run, Oct 31st through Nov 2nd. Sink your teeth into a bloody good time!

Directed and edited by Sean Omandam. Filmed by Francisco Estévez. Music: Lady Gaga - "Teeth"

Dracula Sneak Peek - Scenes from Arvada Performance 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scenes from our August Arvada Center Performace of Dracula. Featuring Sharon Wehner and Dmitry Trubchanov

Dracula - Interview with Dmitry Trubchanov

Monday, October 20, 2014

Interview with Principal Dancer, Dmitry Trubchanov about dancing the part of Dracula.

Includes clips of performance from Arvada Center performance with Sharon Wehner and Dmitry Trubchanov

Becoming Dracula: An interview with Domenico Luciano

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

We wanted to know how someone prepares to dance the role of Dracula, so we interviewed Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Domenico Luciano.  He is one of the dancers who will jump into the role when Colorado Ballet presents Dracula later this month.

 

1.  How do you prepare for the role of Dracula?

I got really excited as soon as I heard that DRACULA was on the schedule for this season.  Over the summer I started doing some research on the subject.  Although, I read the book many years ago, I wanted to familiarize myself again and looked for literature, plays, movies, ballet versions, to get as much knowledge about the story, as well as the time period and the characters.  I read Stoker’s Dracula, and a few essays on the matter, I saw a few different movie versions, and I’m still on the look out for more material.

 

I have to also mention that from the first rehearsal, the Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia, that is staging the ballet, has already given me directions and guidance about the intentions and the meaning behind the movement.  My partner Maria Mosina, has been very helpful and generous with me, she has danced the role of Mina Harker several times, and with many different partners, so she is able to help me out with both technical and artistic advice.

  

I believe that for approaching a role like the one of Dracula, a deep artistic preparation is required to have as many tools as possible, and have many options on how to deliver the character to your partner and for the audience. 

 

2.  Is Dracula the hero or the villain of the ballet?

After all the reading that I did for the past couple of months, I have to say that Dracula’s figure is very complex.  Stoker, the author of the original novel, uses Dracula as a vehicle to shine light on the strengths and weaknesses of the human kind.  One of the interesting messages in the Dracula tale is the comment about the human emotions suppressed.  The way I see it, Dracula does not manipulate behavior or emotions, such as lust, aggression or fear, he simply brings out what already exists within the characters and invites them to be as they are naturally, free from any restraints. 

  

Another interesting debate Stoker presents in the novel is the question of who is the monster and who is the man? The men in the story become savage-like as they decapitate Lucy and drive a stake through her heart. 

He is also offering never-ending life, the fountain of youth in a way, a quest that the human species is repeatedly on. So, I am considering all of these facets that are presented in the novel as I build my interpretation of the character.

  

3.  Why should people come see Dracula?

I think this version of DRACULA has an amazing theatrical power.  I believe the audience it is going to have a rich and fulfilling experience through the combination of the dramatic musical score and strong and raw emotions from the artists.

 

For more information about Colorado Ballet's upcoming production of Draculaclick here.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Dracula" by Terry Shapiro

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