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ALICE (in wonderland)-related workshops available!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Colorado Ballet’s production of ALICE (in wonderland) has been like going into a fantasy world!

  • Both weekends of 8 shows were completely sold out.
  • The student matinee was completely full with 1,800 students, teachers and families in attendance.
  • The student matinee was live streamed out to 26 states, 3 foreign countries, and more than 3,000 students.

We don’t want to stop here--we’d like to bring the fantasy world of (wonderland) into your classrooms! Please consider bringing some of these ALICE-related integrative workshops to your classroom.
 
Words in Motion

Sharon Wehner by Mike Watson

Bring ALICE (in wonderland) or another classic text to life in your classroom!

All grade levels
Students strengthen their knowledge of vocabulary words and sentence writing in this movement driven lesson. Students will explore embodiments and definitions of words and create dances based on their understanding of sentence writing.

$100/1hr program

Metamorphosis Moves

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Who could forget that butterfly transformation in ALICE (in wonderland)?

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Colorado Ballet and the Butterfly Pavilion collaborate on this workshop. Students learn about the life cycle of the butterfly through movement in this interactive dance and science class.

$200/1hr program

Visit www.butterflies.org/education/k-5-outreach.php for more information.

Birds in Motion

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

ALICE (in wonderland) was full of birds!

Elementary
Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts through discussion around varieties of birds, their environments and their behaviors. This workshop is flexible to specific vocabulary that is being used in your classroom already.

$100/1hr program

Creative Movement

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Get your little ones moving and enjoying dance after watching ALICE (in wonderland)!

Pre-K, Early Elementary
Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts, such as, size, balance, rhythm, levels, shapes, and energy. The class will develop spatial awareness, problem solving, and strengthening the body and brain.

$100/1hr program
 
For more information or booking, contact samantha.hyde@coloradoballet.org.  See additional workshops and programs at coloradoballet.org/education/workshops.

Colorado Ballet closes season with a collection of contemporary works in Ballet Director’s Choice

Monday, February 29, 2016

Colorado Ballet will close the 2015-2016 season with a collection of contemporary works in Ballet Director’s Choice March 25-27, 2016 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

The production will open with contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh's Wolfgang (for Webb), with music by W. A. Mozart.  Wolfgang premiered with the Sarasota Ballet in 2008 and in 2009, it was performed as part of The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a collaboration between Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and the Sarasota Ballet.  Walsh is a former Principal Dancer and choreographer with Houston Ballet and founder of contemporary ballet company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.

Ballet Director's Choice will then feature two pas de deuxs including choreographer Amy Seiwert award-winning It's Not a Cry, set to Jeff Buckley’s recording of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”  The second pas de deux will be choreographer Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, which was has been The Joffrey Ballet’s signature piece since its premiere in 1981.  Seiwert is the artistic director of Imagery and was a former dancer with the Smuin, LA Chamber and Sacramento Ballets.  She also served as the choreographer in residence at Smuin Ballet.  Arpino was the co-founder of The Joffrey Ballet and created more than 1/3 of the Company's repertoire.

The production will close with the world premiere of the tango-inspired ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires by choreographer and Colorado Ballet's Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia.  The ballet will feature live music by the Austin Piazzolla Quintet.  In addition to her work at Colorado Ballet, Travaglia is the Creative Director of Parasol Arts, a non-profit organization that takes inspiration from the art of Argentine Tango. 

Ballet Director’s Choice highlights the talents of Colorado Ballet’s dancers through a diverse selection of ballets that break the rules,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil 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 an exciting world premiere ballet with our extremely talented Company.”

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 2 p.m.

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

Colorado Ballet will also present an encore performance of Ballet Director’s Choice at 8 p.m. on April 1, 2016 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.  Visit www.lonetreeartscenter.org for more information.

Dana Benton and Kevin Gaël Thomas by Allen Birnbach

ALICE (in wonderland) photos

Friday, February 26, 2016
Sharon Wehner by Mike Watson
Dana Benton and Artists of Colorado Ballet Academy by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Sharon Wehner and Colorado Ballet Academy students
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Maria Mosina and Kevin Wilson by Mike Watson
Yosvani Ramos by Mike Watson
Maria Mosina and Domenico Luciano by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet and Colorado Ballet Academy by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet and Colorado Ballet Academy by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

ALICE (in wonderland) reviews

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The reviews are in and it is official, Colorado Ballet's ALICE (in wonderland) is a hit!  Here are a few of the reviews for this fantastic, whimsical production:

Every performance of ALICE (in wonderland) is sold out!  If you missed ALICE, be sure to catch our next amazing production Ballet Director's Choice March 25-27.  Click here for more information.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in ALICE (in wonderland) by Mike Watson

9News story on ALICE (in wonderland) student matinee

Friday, February 19, 2016
Watch the 9News story on Colorado Ballet's student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland):


 
Click here to learn more about student matinee performances.

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse the Mad Tea Party in ALICE (in wonderland)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse the Mad Tea Party with Alexei Tyukov as the Mad Hatter in ALICE (in wonderland).

PwC Presents
ALICE (in wonderland)
February 19-28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
http://coloradoballet.org

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Flamingos, Dodo and Eaglet in ALICE (in wonderland)

Monday, February 15, 2016


Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Flamingos and Dana Benton and Yosvani Ramos rehearse Eaglet and Dodo in ALICE (in wonderland).

PwC Presents
ALICE (in wonderland)
February 19-28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
http://coloradoballet.org

Francisco Estevez rehearses the White Rabbit in ALICE (in wonderland)

Friday, February 12, 2016

Colorado Ballet soloist Francisco Estevez rehearses the White Rabbit from ALICE (in wonderland).

PwC Presents
ALICE (in wonderland)
February 19-28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
http://coloradoballet.org

Interview with Sharon Wehner about ALICE (in wonderland)

Thursday, February 11, 2016


This is an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Sharon Wehner about ALICE (in wonderland). Wehner is in her 20th season with Colorado Ballet and is dancing the main role of Alice in the production. The video includes rehearsal footage of Sharon Wehner, Domenico Luciano and Artists of Colorado Ballet.

PwC Presents
ALICE (in wonderland)

February 19-28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
http://coloradoballet.org

Colorado Ballet announces 2016-2017 season

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs announced the 2016-2017 season, which will feature technically-challenging classical ballets, innovative contemporary works and the 56th annual production of The Nutcracker.

Colorado Ballet opens its 56th season with Swan Lake, October 7-23, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  This ballet features the original choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, set and updated by former American Ballet Theatre principals Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner and Sandra Brown, Ballet Mistress for Colorado Ballet.  Swan Lake features Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic score performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Colorado Ballet’s production will be presented in four acts with two intermissions.

"Swan Lake is one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, juxtaposing the themes of love and unrequited love throughout the timeless story of Prince Siegfried, the beautiful Princess Odette, the villainous Baron Von Rothbart, and evil Odile,” said Boggs.  “This stunning masterpiece will stay true to the original ballet with revitalized choreography that premiered in 2008, and will include grand sets and elaborate costumes.  Swan Lake will also feature some of the greatest acting you will ever see during a ballet performance with the lead female dancers portraying both Odette and Odile; a feat that is extremely challenging both psychologically and physically.  Whether you are a die-hard ballet lover or have never seen Swan Lake before, you will love this magnificent production.”

The season continues with The Nutcracker, November 26 through December 24, 2016 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 captivating presentation of The Nutcracker remains the ‘gold standard’ because it is largest production of the holiday favorite in Colorado,” said Boggs.  “This tale of larger-than-life holiday magic continues to be as popular as ever, with nearly all performances sold out in 2015 and 2014.  Purchase your tickets early for this dreamy production that features lavish costumes, exuberant dancing, whimsical battles, hypnotizing snow flurries, sumptuous sets, majestic live music and a little bit of magic.”

In the spring, Colorado Ballet will present a collection of three master ballet works to live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra in Ballet MasterWorks, February 17-26, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Ballet MasterWorks includes Firebird, by choreographer Yuri Possokhov, Choreographer in Residence for the San Francisco Ballet and music by Igor Stravinsky.  The ballet is based on the Russian folklore tale of the Firebird, a magical creature who assists Prince Ivan Tsarevich in rescuing the maiden Tsarevna from Kashchei the sorcerer.  The production will also feature Serenade choreographed by George Balanchine to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C.”  Serenade was the first original ballet Balanchine created in America and is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertory.  Colorado Ballet is extremely excited to present a work by choreographer Jiří Kylián for the first time—rounding out the program with Petite Mort by Kylián with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Kylián created this ballet for the Salzburg Festival on the second centenary of Mozart’s death.

“Colorado Ballet performed Ballet MasterWorks productions in 2013 and 2015 and this new collection of works in 2017 will highlight the tremendous talent our dancers and musicians have to offer,” said Boggs.  “It is so important that we present a collection of master works every two years because it challenges our dancers and showcases their artistry and elegance.  Where else can you see Firebird, Serenade and Petite Mort in one production with live music?  Ballet MasterWorks also shows the caliber of dancing that audiences can see in Denver; proving that you do not need to go to New York or San Francisco to see ballet of this quality.  I am so honored to present these three master ballet works to powerful live music.”

Colorado Ballet will close out its season with the children’s classic The Little Mermaid, March 31-April 2, 2017 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing ArtsThe Little Mermaid includes choreography by Tony Award nominated choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett and original music by composer Michael Moricz.  The score includes narration and lyrics with the music to enhance the telling of the story.  Carolina Ballet premiered this version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story in 2012.  This production will also open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, choreographed by Clark Tippet featuring a vibrant violin ensemble composed by Max Bruch.  Colorado Ballet first performed the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in 2007.

The Little Mermaid is perfect for families and anyone who enjoys a classic love story,” said Boggs.  “The colorful costumes, vigorous dancing and entertaining musical score will entertain audiences of all ages.  This is the first time that Colorado Ballet has ever presented this classic fairy tale and will demonstrate what it looks like to dance ‘under the sea.’  Plus, the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 is always an audience favorite.  This production is a colorful and fun way to close out our 2016-2017 season.”

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 perform at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts in August 2016.  For more information on additional performances, visit www.coloradoballet.org.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in Swan Lake - photo by Terry Shapiro

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