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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" with characters from “Through the Looking-Glass,” the ballet includes choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
“This isn’t your typical, classical storybook children’s ballet,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “ALICE (in wonderland) is a charming theatrical extravaganza with colorful costumes, whimsical sets and a wide variety of dance styles. Come watch the adventures of this beloved literary heroine in a strange land filled with eccentric characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and the wicked Queen of Hearts.”
ALICE first premiered with The Washington Ballet in 2012. While developing the ballet, Webre worked closely with the composer to give each character a unique sound. The original score also includes many musical sound effects. Additionally, the production features a variety of costumes by Liz Vandal, who designed costumes for Cirque du Soleil’s “OVO.” Up close, the designs and shapes on many of the costumes spell out the characters' names, including Alice and the Mad Hatter. ALICE also features many large sets and puppets, including a Jabberwock with a 25-foot wing span.
Webre starts his interpretation of the story with the real Alice, Alice Liddell. The ballet begins with Alice at home with her family and family friend, Lewis Carroll, an amateur photographer and storyteller. Real characters from Alice’s life become the characters in Carroll’s story in Wonderland. Alice’s mother becomes the Queen of Hearts, her sisters become Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and Lewis Carroll becomes the Mad Hatter.
ALICE will feature Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Sharon Wehner in the main cast as Alice. Wehner is in the middle of her 20th season with Colorado Ballet. “It’s a role that’s made for Sharon,” said Boggs. “She has all the right attributes to portray the role and she looks like Alice. Her temperament is exceptional for dancing that character.”
In addition to Company and Studio Company dancers, students from Colorado Ballet Academy will perform in the production as baby flamingos, hedgehogs, cards, piglets, daisies and doors.
“This tale is so popular among children and adults and it is a story that Colorado Ballet has never performed before,” said Boggs. “The sets, costumes and music will amaze everyone in the audience and the challenging choreography will leave patrons breathless. Some of the dancers’ feet don’t ever seem to touch the ground. This is a ballet that you will not want to miss.”Performance Dates and Times:
Ticket prices range from $30 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.
The Colorado Ballet Academy will host technique and pointe master classes during the winter break on January 7, 8, 14 and 15. The classes are taught by Colorado Ballet Company Members Dana Benton, Tracy Jones, Maria Mosina, Yosvani Ramos and Sharon Wehner. Classes are open to Intermediate/Advanced students who are already on pointe (Levels 5 and up). Intermediate and Advanced Open program students are also welcome. Please register ahead of time online or in person, space is limited. Students should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the class.
Come experience technique and pointe classes taught by some of Colorado Ballet’s finest performers and master teachers to keep you in shape over the break and prepare of summer intensive auditions!
Technique only - $20 - to register for the technique only, click on the class and select that option in the dropdown menu
Technique and Pointe $30*
4 class series of Technique and Pointe $100 - to register for the series, click here and select the series from the dropdown menu
*Pointe classes are only available to students who have taken the corresponding technique class.
|Colorado Ballet principal dancer Maria Mosina in rehearsal
You still have time to support Colorado Ballet before this year ends! Donations to Colorado Ballet support all of the company’s programs including the professional company, education and community engagement programs and Colorado Ballet Academy.
|Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Colorado Ballet's 55th annual production of The Nutcracker has officially come to a close at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. We want to thank everyone who helped make this the most successful Nutcracker in the history of Colorado Ballet! More people attended this year's production than ever before, so whether it was your first time or your 55th, we hope you enjoyed our magical production.
Dana Benton and Gregory Gonzales by Mike Watson
Colorado Ballet Academy under the direction of Valerie Madonia, offers a Summer Intensive program for the serious intermediate dancer through to pre-professional levels ages 11-21 who are on pointe, June 13-July 22, 2016 at Colorado Ballet's home at the Armstrong Center for Dance. With internationally renowned master teachers and the Academy's highly regarded school faculty, the program offers classes designed to provide far reaching improvement for each student. Focus is placed on developing the whole dancer by offering classes according to level in ballet technique, pointe, men’s class, variations, pas de deux, modern, contemporary, character, Pilates, body conditioning as well as lectures on injury prevention, nutrition, Anatomy in Clay ©, and dance history. * Please note not all class are available for the entire program.
About Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive:
The highly experienced teaching faculty includes former dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet as well as current Colorado Ballet professionals. Guest faculty members include Amanda McKerrow, John Gardner, Judy Rice, Daniel Baudendistel and Erica Fischbach. Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive is dedicated to providing superior training to students in a supportive and encouraging environment.
The first audition will take place on January 3! Students must be on pointe by the time of the audition and be 11 by the time of the start of the intensive. Auditions are available both in person and via video. Here are the audition dates and locations:
The Young Dancer Workshop is an introduction to more serious dance training for students ages 9-12 who are not yet on pointe at Colorado Ballet's home at the Armstrong Center for Dance. There are two sessions available: June 13-24, 2016 and June 27-July 8, 2016. Students have the option of attending one or both of the workshops.
Students will receive a daily ballet class along with additional classes in character, modern, choreography and pre-pointe. 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 on Santa Fe Drive near Downtown Denver. Classes run Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a showing in our Black Box Theater on the final day of each session.
Admission is by audition only (auditions will take place at Colorado Ballet). Audition Dates:
Applicants must have previous ballet experience and must audition. Click here for more information about the Summer Young Dancer Workshop.
Photo by Francisco Estevez Photography
At Colorado Ballet, dance is accessible to EVERYONE and ballet can be a part of ANYONE’S life. Donations make so many things possible at Colorado Ballet and that includes are our professional company.
In August, Colorado Ballet earned RAVE REVIEWS at the Vail International Dance Festival performing alongside some of the best dancers in the world. Your donations make these kind of opportunities possible. Your gift will help Colorado Ballet’s vision to be recognized as the BEST BALLET COMPANY between the coasts, known especially for EXCELLENT & EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT and a WORLD-CLASS ACADEMY.
Photo: Colorado Ballet dancers Maria Mosina & Kevin Gael Thomas
At Colorado Ballet, dance is accessible to EVERYONE and ballet can be a part of ANYONE’S life. Donations make so many things possible at Colorado Ballet. One of those being the 50,000 contacts our Education & Community Engagement department makes each year. Colorado Ballet Education & Community Engagement’s mission of EVERY. BODY. DANCE. is exemplified by Nutcracker student matinees where 2,000 Title I students from Denver area schools attend a performance of The Nutcracker for free. Another great example of what donations make possible is our partnership with Warren Village in which preschoolers transitioning out of homelessness learn creative movement. Your gift will help Colorado Ballet’s vision to be recognized as the BEST BALLET COMPANY between the coasts, known especially for EXCELLENT & EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT and a WORLD-CLASS ACADEMY.
Photos: Alsup Elementary 3rd grade class at The Nutcracker student matinee and Warren Village student Miles
|Artists of Colorado Ballet with Soldier Doll by Mike Watson|
|Dana Benton as Clara with mice by Mike Watson|
|Artists of Colorado Ballet and Colorado Ballet Academy in battle scene by Mike Watson|
|Asuka Sasaki and Francisco Estevez as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince by Mike Watson|
|Dana Benton and Yosvani Ramos as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince by Mike Watson|
|Yosvani Ramos and Artists of Colorado Ballet at the beginning of Act II by Mike Watson|
|Chandra Kuykendall in Arabian dance by Mike Watson|
|Ariel Breitman in Chinese dance by Mike Watson|
|Artists of Colorado Ballet in Mother Ginger scene by Mike Watson|
|Asuka Sasaki as Dew Drop and Artists of Colorado Ballet as Flowers by Mike Watson|
|Asuka Sasaki as Dew Drop by Mike Watson|
|Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov as Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier by Mike Watson|
|Sean Omandam as Russian dancer during Nutcracker finale by Mike Watson|
|Artists of Colorado Ballet during Nutcracker finale by Mike Watson|
|Dana Benton and Gregory Gonzales by Mike Watson|
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