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Colorado Ballet to host gala and golf tournament in May

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Colorado Ballet will host the Colorado Ballet gala Arts with Altitude at 6 p.m. on May 16, 2015 at its new building, The Armstrong Center for Dance at 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.  Two days later, the ballet will host the Dick Saunders Classic Golf Tournament at Columbine Country Club, 17 Fairway Lane, Littleton, CO 80123.

The Western-chic inspired Arts with Altitude gala includes a selection of culinary creations by chef Troy Guard of Guard and Grace and Three Tomatoes Catering.  The event features live artist demonstrations throughout the ballet studios and silent and live auctions.  In addition, Colorado Ballet’s dancers will present a unique performance to live music by country band Buckstein.  At the end of the evening, attendees are encouraged to show off their dance moves during a live concert by Buckstein.

“The gala will feature fabulous culinary creations, libations, and live entertainment,” said Alyson Graves, Gala Chair.  “The event will take place in Colorado Ballet’s fantastic new building and every space in this unique venue will have so many amazing attractions.  Plus, we can’t wait to see everyone in their Western-chic attire, which is basically fancy Western wear with a nice jacket.  This is such a fun way to raise money for Colorado Ballet!”

On May 18, the golf tournament will begin with warm-up at 10 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. and tee off at 12 p.m.  The tournament will consist of twenty-five foursomes and will include on-course challenges like closest to the pin and longest drive for both men and women.  The tournament will also award prizes to the top foursome and competition winners.  The hole-in-one competition is sponsored by Mike Ward and the winner will receive a two-year lease on a Maserati.

“We named the golf tournament after Dick Saunders because we want to honor the man and his family for everything they done for Colorado Ballet,” said Susan Struna, Golf Tournament Co-Chair.  “So many people who love golf are also fans of the ballet, so we put the two together to raise money for one of Colorado’s most beloved arts institutions and specifically, our education and outreach efforts.  Our outreach programs make 60,000 contacts each year.”

Foursomes for the golf tournament include six tickets to the gala.  Individual players in the tournament will receive two tickets to the gala.

Both events raise money for Colorado Ballet, which encompasses the professional Company, Academy and Education and Outreach Programs.

“In addition to touching so many lives through the power of dance, Colorado Ballet also has a $30 million annual impact on the City of Denver,” said Struna.  “This is an important organization to the cultural vibrancy of our city and state and we need support to keep our outstanding programs and performances going.”

To purchase tickets for the gala, visit www.coloradoballet.org/gala.  To register for the golf tournament, visit www.coloradoballet.org/golf.

Another Pointe of View

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In celebrating the Month of Photography, Access Gallery is pleased to present “Another Pointe of View,” a photographic exploration of ballet from sight impaired students.  This show culminates an eight week residency program in conjunction with Colorado Ballet.  Lead artists, Rachel Gomez and Chris James, worked with two mediums not typically associated with blind students – dance and photography.  The results are amazing!

The students received an introduction to the camera and were able to explore Colorado Ballet from top to bottom.  They were able to photograph the studios, the costume shop and even behind the scenes at the Ballet.  Each student was also able to attend an audio described performance of the Colorado Ballet’s Ballet Masterworks and a behind the scenes tactile tour.

On March 20, the gallery will host a Meet the Artists Reception at the VSA Access Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.  For more information, visit www.accessgallery.org.

Dancers of Colorado Ballet present Fancy Footwork

Monday, March 16, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015
2 performances! 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Black Box Theater at The Armstrong Center for Dance
1075 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Cost: $20

Join the dancers of Colorado Ballet for an exciting show featuring pieces chosen by the dancers themselves. Selections will range from excerpts of the great classics to new contemporary works by choreographers within the Colorado Ballet family. This year, the dancers are excited to present two shows in Colorado Ballet’s Black Box Theater at the newly built Armstrong Center For Dance. 

Guests attending the evening performance will also have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences in a silent auction, tailored by the Colorado Ballet dancers. All proceeds from the event will go towards Colorado Ballet’s career transition fund, Next Step. We hope you will join us for what will surely be a great day of dancing and fun.

Click here to purchase tickets.

 

Summer Young Dancer Workshop

Friday, March 13, 2015

This summer, the Colorado Ballet will offer two sessions of the Young Dancer Workshop, which is an introduction to more serious summer dance training. Students will receive a daily ballet class along with additional classes in character, modern, choreography and pre-pointe/jumping for boys. Each day will wind down with a lecture series, stretch and conditioning class or dance film.

Classes are held in our gorgeous new state-of-the-art facilities at The Armstrong Center for Dance. Each session will conclude with a showing in our Black Box Theater. No audition is required for the Young Dancer Workshop, but students ages 9-10 must have a minimum of 2 years of ballet training and students 11-12 must have at least 3 years of prior ballet training to be eligible for the program.

Session 1 runs from June 15 to July 3, 2015.
Session 2 runs from July 6 to July 23, 2015.

Click here for more information on the Young Dancer Workshop.

Tracy Jones and students

 

Peter and the Wolf - the music behind the characters

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In Colorado Ballet's upcoming production of Peter and the Wolf, each character in the story has a particular musical instrument and theme in Prokofiev's familiar musical score.  In the ballet, the Bird is the flute, the Cat is the clarinet, the Duck is the oboe and the Grandfather is the bassoon.  Other characters have multiple instruments, for example, Peter's theme is made up of string instruments including the violin, viola, cello and bass.  The Wolf's theme is played by French horns and the Hunters are woodwind instruments, with a few percussion instruments including the timpani and bass drum.

In addition to the music, Peter and the Wolf will include live narration.

Colorado Ballet will perform Peter and the Wolf, March 27-29 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.  The ballet features choreography by Michael Smuin and music by Sergei Prokofiev.  Click here for more information.

Photo: Kevin Gaël Thomas and Joshua Allenback by Allen Birnbach

Colorado Ballet Academy summer camps and classes

Monday, March 09, 2015

This summer, the Colorado Ballet Academy will offer a variety of summer day camps and classes for children ages three to eight.  The classes and camps will be offered during three different weeks this summer: June 8-12, August 3-7 and August 10-14.  The times vary for each of the classes.  Many of these classes sold out last year, so register by May 1 to ensure your spot!  Classes and camps include:

Creative Dance
Ages 3-4
This very popular program for young children explores various forms of movement through imaginative games, songs, music and rhythmical patterns as well as encourages taking turns and direction from the teacher. Students are also led in dance inspired crafts, and story time.

Ballet Princess Camp
Ages 4-5
The classic princesses featured prominently in the world of ballet come to life in this camp. Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Beauty and the Beast are some of the ballets that we will explore. We’ll listen to music, create pre-ballet level dances and make crafts inspired by these different princesses. 

Sleeping Beauty Fairy Camp
Ages 5-6
There are 11 fairies in The Sleeping Beauty ballet! We’ll read about them, listen to some of their music, create a pre-ballet level and make a craft inspired by them.

Level 1 Dancing Camp
Ages 6-7
Our Level 1 Dancing Camp is designed to allow our young dancers to start honing their ballet education during their summer break. Through a variety of classes including ballet, modern, dance history, improvisation and introduction to jazz.  Students will get to explore dance while improving their focus and basic skills.

Level 2 Dancing Camp
Ages 7-8
Ballet, modern, jazz, dance history and related film will provide a balanced day of dance for students who are hoping to further their dancing during the summer break. This program is designed to prepare students for more rigorous programs in the upcoming years by focusing on refining their technique and exposing them to additional classes which will help round out their dance education.

Click here to learn more about the summer children's programs.

Creative Dance class

About the opening work for Peter and the Wolf

Friday, March 06, 2015

Colorado Ballet's season closer Peter and the Wolf will open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1.  So, what is the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1?

Choreographed by Clark Tippet and featuring music by Max Bruch, the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 is a 26-minute neo-classical work that features four principal couples and a corps of 16 dancers.  The work has been described as exquisite and romantic, with complex choreography and athletic movements.

The Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, had its world premiere at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California in 1987.  Colorado Ballet first performed the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in 2007.

Click here for more information on Colorado Ballet's upcoming performances of the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 and Peter and the Wolf.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1," photo by David Andrews

Colorado Ballet announces 2015-2016 season

Monday, March 02, 2015

Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs announced the 2015-2016 season, which will feature Colorado and world premiere ballets, a production the Company has not performed in 20 years, and the 55th annual production of The Nutcracker.

Colorado Ballet opens its 55th season with the romantic ballet La Sylphide, October 2-11, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  This ballet features choreography by August Bournonville and music by Herman Severin Løvenskiold, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Bournonville choreographed La Sylphide in 1836, making it one of the oldest surviving ballets.  In the production, a young Scotsman pursues a beautiful, bewitching winged sylph, or spirit.

“The Company last performed La Sylphide in 1996 and I wanted to present it this season because it is one of the most beautiful, romantic ballets of all time,” said Boggs. “In his quest for the unattainable love of the sylph, the young Scotsman abandons his fiancé and ultimately loses everything.  The ballet demonstrates temptation, loss and loving something you cannot have.”

The season continues with The Nutcracker, November 28 through December 27, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Nutcracker features more than 300 costumes, 30 Company dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers, 65 Academy dancers, scenery by José Varona and timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“Colorado Ballet’s enchanting presentation of The Nutcracker is the largest production of the holiday favorite in Colorado,” said Boggs.  “Do not wait to purchase your tickets to watch Clara and the Nutcracker Prince’s magical wintertime journey to the delicious Land of Sweets.  Nearly every performance was sold out during in 2014, so we encourage patrons to buy their tickets early.”

In the spring, Colorado Ballet will fall down the rabbit hole for the Colorado premiere of Alice (in Wonderland), February 19-28, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass,” the ballet includes choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Alice (in Wonderland) first premiered in 2012 and the choreography merges traditional ballet movements with contemporary ballroom, modern and hip-hop steps.

“This isn’t your typical, classical storybook children’s ballet.  Alice (in Wonderland) is a charming theatrical extravaganza with colorful costumes, whimsical sets and a wide variety of dance styles,” said Boggs.  “Come watch the adventures of Alice in a strange land filled with eccentric and entertaining characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and the wicked Queen of Hearts.”

Colorado Ballet will close its season with a collection of contemporary premieres in Ballet Director’s Choice, March 25-27, 2016 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.  Renowned contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh will be doing a work for the Company.  Walsh is a former Principal Dancer and Choreographer with Houston Ballet and founder of contemporary ballet company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.  The repertory will also include the premiere of a tango-inspired ballet by choreographer Lorita Travaglia.  In addition to her work as Ballet Mistress at Colorado Ballet, Travaglia is the Creative Director of Parasol Arts, a non-profit organization that takes inspiration from the art of Argentine Tango.  The production will include a third work to be announced at another date.

Ballet Director’s Choice highlights the talents of Colorado Ballet’s dancers through a diverse selection of new works,” said Boggs.  “Audiences will see a range of different dancing styles, from contemporary to Tango, all in one amazing performance.  Ballet Director’s Choice is the perfect production to debut exciting world premiere ballets with our extremely talented Company.”

Season subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets will be on sale July 15.  Visit www.coloradoballet.org for more information.

In addition to the season productions, Colorado Ballet will also perform at the Vail International Dance Festival on August 2 and August 10, 2015.  This is the first time since 2011 that the Company has performed at the festival.  In addition, Colorado Ballet will perform at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts on August 22, 2015.  The Company will also present an encore of its Ballet Director’s Choice in April 2016 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.  For more information on these additional performances, visit www.coloradoballet.org.

Dana Benton in "The Nutcracker," photo by Mike Watson

Interview with Maria Mosina about "Concerto Barocco" - Part II

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This is the second part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Maria Mosina about Concerto Barocco, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Maria Mosina and Sharon Wehner rehearsing Concerto Barocco.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Interview with Maria Mosina about "Concerto Barocco" - Part I

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

This is the first part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Maria Mosina about Concerto Barocco, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Maria Mosina and Sharon Wehner rehearsing Concerto Barocco.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

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