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Interview with Yosvani Ramos about ALICE (in wonderland)

Monday, February 08, 2016

This is an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Yosvani Ramos about ALICE (in wonderland). The video includes rehearsal footage of Yosvani Ramos, Dana Benton 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

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Caterpillar in ALICE (in wonderland)

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Caterpillar 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

Sharon Wehner and Domenico Luciano rehearse Cheshire Cat from ALICE (in wonderland)

Monday, February 01, 2016

Principal dancers Sharon Wehner and Domenico Luciano rehearse Cheshire Cat 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
http://coloradoballet.org

Fall down the rabbit hole and join Colorado Ballet on an adventure for the Colorado premiere of a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s books.  Experience a whimsical (wonder)land with beloved, eccentric characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and other exotic creatures as young Alice escapes the clutches of the wicked Queen of Hearts.  Featuring choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, this ballet will charm adults and children in a theatrical extravaganza!

Colorado Ballet seeks schools for free live streaming of ALICE (in wonderland) performance on February 18

Monday, January 25, 2016

Colorado Ballet seeks schools and educational organizations throughout Colorado and out-of-state to participate in a free remote live stream of its student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland) at 10:30 a.m. on February 18.

“The in-person student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland) has been sold out since before the 2015-2016 season began, but students and teachers are still welcome to participate through the live stream,” said Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education.  “Students who would otherwise be unable to see ALICE will have the opportunity to experience a live ballet performance with costumes, sets and a live orchestra.  Plus, this production follows Lewis Carroll’s classic book very closely, so students will learn a lot while watching the production.”

This is the third time that Colorado Ballet will live stream a production in its student matinee series, which brings nearly 2,000 students to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex to watch ballet performances with full sets, costumes and a live orchestra.  Colorado Ballet hosted its first live stream during the student matinee of La Sylphide in October and its second live stream during the student matinee of The Nutcracker in December.  More than 100 sites from 10 Colorado cities and 27 states streamed The Nutcracker student matinee performance.  In addition, students in England, Ireland, Ecuador, Greece, Italy and China also participated in the live stream event.  The majority of the sites were schools, but four hospitals including Denver Health also participated.

“The response we have received on the live streaming of our student matinee series has been incredible,” said Hyde.  “We heard back from so many teachers after The Nutcracker live stream and the students were mesmerized by the dancing and music.  One teacher who works in a dual-language school said it was incredible that we offered a performance that could be understood in any language.  That is what we hope to accomplish with this series; impacting students from all over Colorado and the U.S. through the power of dance.”

Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” with characters from “Through the Looking-Glass,” ALICE (in wonderland) includes choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  ALICE first premiered with The Washington Ballet in 2012.  The total runtime of the production including the intermission is 2 hours and 5 minutes.  The 20 minute intermission will feature live interviews with artistic staff and dancers for schools participating in the live stream.

Interested schools can contact Hyde at samantha.hyde@coloradoballet.org for more information, including technical requirements.

Students participate in live stream of "The Nutcracker" in December 2015

Sharon Wehner and Domenico Luciano rehearse Cheshire Cat from ALICE (in wonderland)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Principal dancers Sharon Wehner and Domenico Luciano rehearse Cheshire Cat 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
http://coloradoballet.org

Fall down the rabbit hole and join Colorado Ballet on an adventure for the Colorado premiere of a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s books.  Experience a whimsical (wonder)land with beloved, eccentric characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and other exotic creatures as young Alice escapes the clutches of the wicked Queen of Hearts.  Featuring choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, this ballet will charm adults and children in a theatrical extravaganza!

International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) conference is this week!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

By Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education

Get ready for an incredible night - seven of the nation's top dance companies! Can you imagine Lula Washington Dance Theatre, followed by local Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and with a finale of the unforgettable Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre? This Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.--this will be your experience!  The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) is bringing these companies to Denver as a part of their annual conference.

The conference begins Wednesday and runs until Sunday of this week--filled with workshops, panels and outstanding performances. The annual IABD conference is primarily for high school students in dance programs and emerging young artists/professional dancers. It is an incredible time for these students and artists to be engulfed in both the history and current trends of Black dance.

Colorado Ballet jumped at the opportunity to be involved in this exciting weekend! For the first time in 28 years, the IABD conference is also holding a ballet audition for women of color. Several of the nation's top ballet companies will be present and Colorado Ballet is thrilled to represent the state of Colorado in a truly national audition. You can find more information on the audition, including registration here: www.iabdassociation.org/ballet-audition.

You can learn more about the workshops, panels and performances here: www.iabdassociation.org/conference-festival-information-and-tickets. Do not miss this opportunity to witness history and look into the future of dance in this country!

 

2nd Attitude on Santa Fe will take place on February 6

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Colorado Ballet will host the second Attitude on Santa Fe at 6 p.m. on February 6, 2016 in the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO.  The performance will include three ballets choreographed by two Colorado Ballet dancers and one Colorado Ballet Academy teacher, performed by Colorado Ballet Company and Studio Company dancers.  The event will also include a three course meal and wine prior to the performance.

Principal dancer Domenico Luciano’s new work, Attraversiamo will feature two pieces of music, “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber and “Pavane for Dead Princess” by Maurice Ravel.  According to Luciano, while creating the new ballet, he selected specific dancers because he wanted their artistic input.  He had a basic idea in the beginning of his choreographic process and wanted the dancers to naturally contribute to the message he was trying to express in the work.  He said that he paired every couple together for a specific reason because he knows the dancers so well and he knew how they would interact with each other, which was a big part of each piece.  The theme of his ballet is a brief look on the dynamics between people; not all of it is smooth, much like relationships during a person’s life.

Principal dancer Yosvani Ramos choreographed Divertimento Pour Six for English National Ballet's Choreographic Workshop in 2002 and for the first time, Colorado Ballet’s dancers will perform the ballet during Attitude on Santa Fe.  The music includes excerpts from “Faust” by Charles Gounod and the costumes are by Suzi Skelton.  Divertimento Pour Six is one of seven ballets that Ramos choreographed during the nine years he spent as a dancer at English National Ballet.  Ramos said that he is excited to be redoing the ballet for Colorado Ballet’s dancers.  The ballet has no theme, but according to Ramos, it is fun, classical work that showcases the dancers performing in it.

Academy instructor and Colombian artist Carolina Pahde-Mallarino has spent the past 15 years of her professional life exploring the idea of “the influence of cultural identity in the creation of art.”  Her new ballet with(in)me is set to "Ode to Joy" from the fourth movement of Beethoven's “9th Symphony.”  Inspired by the text of F. Schiller’s poem from which the words of the symphony are taken, Pahde-Mallarino expanded her idea of cultural identity to that of identity as a whole.  By working with the dancers on questions such as: “Who are you?  What makes you who you are? and how are you different from everyone else?” she takes the dancers on a journey to discover their own humanity.  She starts the ballet by showing the most outer layer of the performers being, then, little by little, through the use of various dance techniques including classical ballet, contemporary and modern, she introduces new movement ideas.  Through these techniques, she reveals other layers beneath the surface until, finally, at the end of the ballet, all that is left is what she calls “original movement,” or movement extracted from the things that make each of these individuals uniquely human.

Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.  The cost including the dinner, wine and performance is $75 and seating is limited.  Performance-only tickets are also available for $25.  To register, visit www.coloradoballet.org/events.

Colorado Ballet hosted another Attitude on Santa Fe event with different works by Colorado Ballet’s dancers in September 2015.  The event was sold out.

Click here to watch a rehearsal from the September 2015 Attitude on Santa Fe:

Colorado Ballet presents ALICE (in wonderland)

Monday, January 11, 2016


Fall down the rabbit hole and join Colorado Ballet on an adventure for the Colorado premiere of a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s books.  Experience a whimsical (wonder)land with beloved, eccentric characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and other exotic creatures as young Alice escapes the clutches of the wicked Queen of Hearts.  Featuring choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, this ballet will charm adults and children in a theatrical extravaganza!

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

Colorado Ballet presents ALICE (in wonderland)

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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:
Friday, February 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 28, 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.

Sharon Wehner by Allen Birnbach

Register today for Winter Break Master Classes

Monday, January 04, 2016

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!

Schedule:

  • Thursday, January 7 with Tracy Jones - click here to register
    • Technique from 4:30-6 p.m.
    • Pointe from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Friday, January 8 with Maria Mosina - click here to register
    • Technique from 4:30-6 p.m.
    • Pointe from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 14 with Dana Benton - click here to register
    • Technique from 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Pointe from 7:45-8:45 p.m.
  • Friday, January 15 with Yosvani Ramos for Technique and Sharon Wehner for Pointe - click here to register
    • Technique from 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Pointe from 7:45-8:45 p.m.

Cost:
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

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