Single tickets went on sale today for Colorado Ballet’s 56th season, which will include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Ballet MasterWorks at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and The Little Mermaid at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
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 after 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.
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.
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 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 Arts. The 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.
Tickets range from $30 to $155. Visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2. In an effort to cut down on the number of ticket scammers buying Colorado Ballet tickets and reselling them at much higher prices, the print-at-home option for tickets will not be available until approximately one month before each production opens. Until then, Colorado Ballet will send paper copies of tickets in the mail at no additional charge to ticket buyers.
In addition to the season productions, Colorado Ballet will perform An Evening under the Stars at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater on August 20, 2016. This performance will feature excerpts from upcoming and past productions, other classical and contemporary works and will close with the tango-inspired ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires, which premiered in March 2016. For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.
For the second season in a row, Colorado Ballet will also have two Attitude on Santa Fe productions in its Black Box Theater during the season. Attitude on Santa Fe features three original works choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet dancers. The Company will present two Attitude on Santa Fe performances in September 2016 and two performances with different works in March 2017. Information on these performances will be available soon on Colorado Ballet’s website.