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Spring Attitude on Santa Fe production will showcase two new works choreographed by Colorado Ballet dancers and a work by an outside choreographer

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Colorado Ballet will host two Attitude on Santa Fe performances featuring two new ballets choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet Company dancers, and one ballet by an outside choreographer performed by the Colorado Ballet Studio Company on March 10 and 11 in the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO.  The Attitude on March 10 will only include the performance and the Attitude on March 11 will include cocktails, dinner and the performance.

The choreographers for the spring Attitude include Company dancer Fernanda Oliveira and her new work Saudade, Company dancer Sean Omandam and his new work Pricks of Brightness, and internationally-renowned choreographer Jairo Heli’s work REDbeat.

“This is the fourth Attitude on Santa Fe production and we are very excited to present two all new works by our company dancers and a work by Mexican choreographer Jairo Heli,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “When we first moved into this building in 2014, we wanted to make ballet more accessible to the community, and the Attitude performances do that by presenting a variety of works in a small, intimate setting.  This gives audiences the opportunity to see the dancers up close in a less intimidating environment.  Plus, the variety of choreographic styles encourages new audiences to experience the beauty and power of ballet.”

About the ballets:
First-time choreographer Fernanda Oliveira's new ballet features six Colorado Ballet Company dancers.  Saudade is a ballet in four short movements set to contemporary covers of Tom Jobim’s Bossa Nova classics by Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan, Baden Powell, Yo Yo Ma and Rosa Passos.  According to Oliveira, "The title is a Portuguese word that means a deep feeling of longing or nostalgia for something or someone (“the love that remains”), and in the piece my goal is to represent three different ways of feeling 'Saudade' – of someone who has passed away, of the naïve simplicity of childhood, or of a past romance.  I’m hoping that through movement set to beautiful versions of Brazilian songs I can explain this feeling so hard to translate.”

Sean Omandam’s work Pricks of Brightness is set to the music of Ratatat.  According to Omandam, “the ballet is a recollection of enjoyable nights past.  With a focus on the relationships between friends and lovers that shape our most cherished memories, these sparks of life light up the night.”

Based out of Guadalajara, Mexico, choreographer Jairo Heli will present REDbeat with the Colorado Ballet Studio Company.  According to Heli, "The planet has changed its natural rhythm and lost its equilibrium.  As a result of this, all living and organic beings have changed their beat to a tune where they are dangerously close to collapse.  REDbeat is a trip to the inside of these bodies, where the arteries are contaminated and heartbeats rise."  The presentation of this ballet is sponsored by a grant by the Bonfils Stanton Foundation.

“Giving our artists the opportunity to create and perform new works keeps the art form alive and enables them to express their creativity,” said Boggs.  “So far, Attitude has been a resounding success.  Every single Attitude we have had has sold out and the March 10 performance is already sold out.”

The doors will open at 7 p.m. on March 10 and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  For the March 11 event with dinner and the performance, cocktails begin at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.  The cost for the March 11 Attitude is $85 and seating is limited.  To register, visit www.coloradoballet.org/events.

Ballet MasterWorks photos

Monday, February 20, 2017

Don't miss the final weekend of Colorado Ballet's production of Ballet MasterWorks with SerenadePetite Mort and Firebird!

 

Click here for more information.

 

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Serenade" - photo by Mike Watson
©The Balanchine Trust


Chandra Kuykendall and Kevin Hale in "Serenade" - photo by Mike Watson
©The Balanchine Trust

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Serenade" - photo by Mike Watson
©The Balanchine Trust

Chandra Kuykendall, Tracy Jones and Domenico Luciano in "Serenade" - photo by Mike Watson
©The Balanchine Trust


Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Serenade" - photo by Mike Watson
©The Balanchine Trust

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Petite Mort" - photo by Mike Watson

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Petite Mort" - photo by Mike Watson

Dana Benton and Francisco Estevez in "Petite Mort" - photo by Mike Watson
Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov in "Firebird" - photo by Mike Watson



Francisco Estevez, Alexei Tyukov and Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Firebird" - photo by Mike Watson

Love At The Ballet: Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!  Hear from three couples at Colorado Ballet:

The Married Couple: Francisco Estevez and Tracy Jones

  

The Engaged Couple: Kevin Gael Thomas and Sara VanderVoort

 

The Dating Couple: Sean Omandam and Tyler Rhoads  

Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Tracy Jones and Domenico Luciano

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Tracy Jones and Domenico Luciano

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Colorado Ballet's Ballet MasterWorks

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Gil Boggs and Maria Mosina appeared on Colorado and Company to talk about Ballet MasterWorks.

2017/2018 Season Announced

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs announced the 2017-2018 season, which will feature technically-challenging classical ballets, innovative contemporary works and the 57th annual production of The Nutcracker.

Back by popular demand, Colorado Ballet will open the season with the crowd-favorite Dracula, October 6-15, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Dracula features choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Based on Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror, Dracula features seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula.

“The question I get asked the most is, ‘When are you going to bring back Dracula?’” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “This spellbinding ballet continues to be one of our most popular productions because it features a beloved story told using exhilarating live music, grand sets, lavish costumes plenty of horrific excitement.  These elements coupled with Pink’s enthralling and sensual choreography makes audiences feel like they are part of the action.  I encourage you to stock up on garlic and join us for this spine-tingling ballet!”

The season continues with the holiday classic The Nutcracker, November 25 through December 24, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The 57th annual production features timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  In addition to being the largest production of The Nutcracker in the state, Colorado Ballet’s 2016 production was named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. in the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award contest.

“Even after 56 seasons, Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker continues to delight sold-out audiences year after year,” said Boggs.  “We have known for a long time how special our production is, but being named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. right before the 2016 run ended proved what an amazing and enchanting holiday classic we have right here in Denver.  Our performances sell out quickly, so I encourage patrons to buy their tickets early for this timeless story filled with tradition, humor and holiday magic.”

In the spring, Colorado Ballet will present the Shakespearean love story Romeo and Juliet, February 16-25, 2018 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The romantic ballet features choreography by Derek Deane and music by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Prokofiev’s music serves as a melodic substitute for Shakespeare's poetry and Deane’s staging of the ballet focuses on the characters’ relationships.

“You cannot get any better than Romeo and Juliet because it combines extraordinary dancing, a phenomenal musical score and one of the most powerful love stories of all time,” said Boggs.  “This ballet demands exceptional levels of ballet technique, artistry and acting from the dancers.  From the energetic crowd scenes to the famous balcony scene that transitions into a gorgeous pas de deux between the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet will take your breath away.”

Colorado Ballet will close out its season with a collection of ballets in Ballet Director’s Choice, March 30-April 1, 2018 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.  Ballet Director’s Choice includes Pillar of Fire by choreographer Antony Tudor and music by Arnold Schoenberg, Brief Fling by choreographer Twyla Tharp with music by Michel Colombier and Percy Grainger, and a third work to be announced.

“This is the way to close out the season, with three amazing and challenging ballets that highlight what our dancers can do,” said Boggs.  “Performing works by Tudor and Tharp in one program will prove that our dancers are up to the challenge of dancing works by some of the best choreographers in the world.  While this repertory will appeal to die-hard ballet fans, it will also appeal to people who are not as familiar with ballet because all of the works are unique and showcase different styles of music, costumes, storytelling and dance.”

Colorado Ballet received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to perform Pillar of Fire.  Colorado Ballet will be second U.S. ballet Company to perform this ballet, only American Ballet Theatre has performed it previously.

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 performances, Colorado Ballet will also perform at the Vail Dance Festival in the summer of 2017.  For more information, visit www.vaildance.org.

Sharon Wehner in "Romeo and Juliet"

Ballet Masterworks: Maria Mosina Firebird interview

Monday, February 06, 2017

This is an interview with Maria Mosina and features rehearsal footage of Maria and Artists of Colorado Ballet.

  

For more information, visit http://coloradoballet.org.

Behind the ballet: Petite Mort

Friday, February 03, 2017


Petite Mort

 

“Petite Mort” is a poetic, and strangely significant way of describing the ecstasy of sexual relations. In French, and in some other languages, this sensation is described as “small death.”

 

Prague-born dancer, Jiří Kylián, created Petite Mort for the Nederlands Dans Theater and had its world premiere at the Salzburg Festival on August 23, 1991 at the Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Germany.  The choreography includes six men, six women and six foils. The foils have the function to be actual dance partners, and, at times, seem more unruly and obstinate than a partner of flesh and blood. They visualize a symbolism, which is more present than a story line.  Aggression, sensuality, energy, silence, cultivated senselessness and vulnerability all play a significant part.  

Courtesy of www.jirikylian.com.

  

Watch the Netherlands Dans Theater perform Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort:

Artist Spotlight: Francisco Estevez

Monday, January 30, 2017

A profile of Colorado Ballet soloist Francisco Estevez.

 

This video features Francisco Estevez, Dana Benton, Sharon Wehner, and Artists of Colorado Ballet.

Behind the ballet: Firebird

Friday, January 27, 2017
Maria Mosina by Allen Birnbach

The story of Firebird


 PART 1

Firebird, a story finding its roots in Russian folktales is full of love and magic. It tells the story of Prince Ivan, lost in the forest of the evil and immortal Kastchei. Prince Ivan spots a magnificent creature picking golden apples and he captures her. The creature is the Firebird. Desperate for her release, the Firebird gives him a magic feather in exchange for her freedom.  

  

PART 2

Leaving Prince Ivan alone in the forest he discovers an old castle belonging to Kastchei where 13 enchanted princesses must stay under his spell as his captives. Ivan falls in love with one of the princesses, Tsarevna and promises to find a way to break the spell. Following them back to the castle as dawn breaks a bell rings out and Kastchei and his evil servants appear.

PART 3

Kastchei tries to turn Prince Ivan into stone but just in time he remembers the magic feather and summons the Firebird. Instantly she appears and casts a spell on Kastchei forcing them into a deep sleep. As they sleep, Firebird tells Ivan that there is a great egg that holds Kastchei’s soul, if it’s not broken he will remain immortal forever. Finding the egg, Ivan throws it to the ground and breaks the spell. The princesses celebrate their freedom and Prince Ivan and Tsarevna realize their love for one another and the two marry.  

  

Photos: Chandra Kuykendall, Domenico Luciano, and Artists of Colorado Ballet


 

Click here to watch Igor Stravinsky conduct a piece from Firebird

Click here to watch a clip from San Francisco Ballet performing Firebird:

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