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Interview with Sharon Wehner about "Ballet MasterWorks" - Part I

Friday, January 30, 2015

This is the first part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Sharon Wehner about In Pieces, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing In Pieces as well as performance footage from 2013.

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
www.coloradoballet.org

A closer seat to Ballet MasterWorks

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Colorado Ballet has closed the balcony and loge levels of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and moved all of the ticketing levels closer to the stage for its upcoming production of Ballet MasterWorks.  This means that you can sit in the mezzanine or parterre for the same price that you would normally pay for in the balcony or loge.  You will be closer to the orchestra and the dancers for this production!

Ballet MasterWorks will showcase our dancers' artistry and athleticism and feature powerful live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Ballet MasterWorks includes Concerto Barocco, by choreographer George Balanchine and music by Johann Sebastian Bach; In Pieces, choreographed by Val Caniparoli with music by Poul Ruders; and Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins with original score composed for the ballet by Leonard Bernstein.

Seat map for the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Colorado Ballet will present Ballet MasterWorks, February 20-March 1, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  For more information, visit coloradoballet.org/performances/ballet-masterworks.

Please note: Colorado Ballet will reopen the loge and balcony in select performances if other ticketing levels sell out.

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Fancy Free

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This video features Kevin Gaël Thomas, Jesse Marks, Francisco Estevez, Shelby Dyer, Tracy Jones and Emily Dixon rehearsing Fancy Free, one of the ballets featured in Ballet MasterWorks.

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

For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org.

Ballet MasterWorks: About Fancy Free

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Colorado Ballet's upcoming Ballet MasterWorks will feature three works by the masters of music and dance.  Here is a little more information about the third work, Fancy Free.

Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Music: Leonard Bernstein

Choreographer for All
Not only did Jerome Robbins choreograph more than 60 ballets, he also created choreography for theater, movies and television.

Fun and Romantic Ballet
Fancy Free is a comical ballet set during World War II that features three sailors on leave in New York City.

Top American Composer
Leonard Bernstein's first ballet composition was Fancy Free. He went on to compose for operas, musicals and films such as "West Side Story." Colorado Ballet is honored to perform this piece of music by the American music legend.

For more information, visit coloradoballet.org/performances/ballet-masterworks.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in promotional photo for "Fancy Free"
By Allen Birnbach

Ballet MasterWorks: About In Pieces

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Colorado Ballet's upcoming Ballet MasterWorks will feature three works by the masters of music and dance.  Here is a little more information about the second work, In Pieces.

Choreography: Val Caniparoli
Music: Poul Ruders

Back by Popular Demand
Making a triumphant return, In Pieces made its world premiere with Colorado Ballet in 2013. When it premiered at Ballet MasterWorks two years ago, it received rave reviews.

Popular Choreographer
Contributing to the repertories of more than 35 dance companies, San Francisco Ballet choreographer Val Caniparoli is one of the most sought after choreographers in the United States and abroad.

Concerto
Poul Ruders’ Concerto in Pieces features 65 musicians in the orchestra playing his composition.

For more information, visit coloradoballet.org/performances/ballet-masterworks.

Artists of Colorado Ballet perform "In Pieces"
By Mike Watson

Ballet MasterWorks: About Concerto Barocco

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Colorado Ballet's upcoming Ballet MasterWorks will feature three works by the masters of music and dance.  Here is a little more information about the first work, Concerto Barocco.

Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

A Legendary Pairing
This piece pairs two of the greatest in their art forms, with choreography by George Balanchine and music by Bach, in one tremendous production!

Man Behind the Dance
George Balanchine is widely regarded as the foremost neo-classical choreographer in the world of ballet and has been credited for the successful fusion of contemporary concepts with older ideas of classical ballet.

One with the Music
According to Balanchine, the ballerinas in Concerto Barocco personify the violins in Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins.

For more information, visit coloradoballet.org/performances/ballet-masterworks.

Interview with "In Pieces" choreographer Val Caniparoli

Monday, January 12, 2015

This is an interview with "In Pieces" choreographer Val Caniparoli that took place before Colorado Ballet's world premiere of the ballet as part of "Ballet MasterWorks" in 2013.

 
Colorado Ballet will present the triumphant return of "In Pieces" with George Balanchine's "Concerto Barocco" and Jerome Robbins' "Fancy Free" in "Ballet MasterWorks," February 20-March 1, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org.

This video features performance clips of artists of Colorado Ballet performing "In Pieces" in 2013.

Colorado Ballet presents three works from the masters of music and dance in Ballet MasterWorks

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Colorado Ballet presents Ballet MasterWorks, a collection of three works by the masters of music and dance February 20-March 1, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Ballet MasterWorks includes Concerto Barocco, by choreographer George Balanchine and music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins with original score composed for the ballet by Leonard Bernstein; and In Pieces, choreographed by Val Caniparoli with music by Poul Ruders.

"The first time we performed a Ballet MasterWorks production in the spring of 2013, we really pushed our dancers and musicians to demonstrate their artistry, athleticism and raw talent,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “We needed to show what our performers were capable of outside of traditional storybook ballets and they exceeded everyone’s expectations.  That is why it was so important to present another collection of challenging works like this again.”

About the ballets:

Balanchine, a neo-classical ballet choreographer, has been credited for the successful fusion of contemporary concepts with the vocabulary of classical ballet.  According to Balanchine, the ballerinas in Concerto Barocco personify the violins in Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins.

Not only did Robbins choreograph more than 60 ballets, he also created choreography for theater, movies and television.  Fancy Free is a comical and romantic ballet set during World War II that features three sailors on leave in New York City.

Rounding out Ballet MasterWorks is the return of In Pieces, which made its world premiere with Colorado Ballet in 2013.  Caniparoli has contributed to the repertories of more than 35 dance companies.  Featuring dramatic lighting and costumes, the ballet is set to Ruders’ Concerto in Pieces.

“I don’t think the audience knew what we were capable of the last time we presented a MasterWorks production,” said Boggs.  “Our dancers proved that you don’t need to go to New York or San Francisco to see ballet of this caliber, you can see it right here in Denver with Colorado Ballet.  If you want to experience a performance of spectacular and exhilarating dance, Ballet MasterWorks is not to be missed.”

Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Academy to offer Young Dancer Workshop this summer

Friday, January 02, 2015
Tracy Jones and students
by Francisco Estevez Photograpahy

The Young Dancer Workshop is an introduction to more serious summer dance training for students ages 9 to 12. 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 on Santa Fe Drive in Downtown Denver. 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.

Students have the option of attending one or both of the workshops.

Classes will run Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Registration is open until May 1, 2015.

Faculty will include: Dana Benton, Carolina Pahde, Jayne Persch, Igor Vassine and Sharon Wehner.  Visiting guest faculty will include: John Gardner, Amanda McKerrow and Judy Rice.

Sample Daily Schedule:

Ballet - 10-11:45 a.m.
Character, Pre Pointe, or Batterie - 12-1 p.m.
Lunch - 1-1:30 p.m.
Choreography or Modern - 1:30-3 p.m.
Lecture Series, Anatomy, or Pilates - 3-4 p.m.

*Please note: schedule will vary

Registration Process

Applicants must have previous ballet experience.  To register for the young dancers workshop, please fill out our registration form and send it to julia.patterson@coloradoballet.org along with a 5" x 7" photo in 1st Arabesque in tondue derriere. 

Click here for more information or to register.

Student Impressions of Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive

Monday, December 29, 2014

What is it like at Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive? Listen to interviews with students from the 2014 Summer Intensive.

Colorado Ballet Academy offers a Summer Intensive program for the young dancer through pre-professional levels. Students can choose a residential or day program from June 15- July 24, 2015, with the option of attending two, four, five, or six weeks.

Admission to the Summer Intensive Program is by audition only. For audition locations and dates, visit http://coloradoballet.org/academy/summer.

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