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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:

All performances for Colorado Ballet’s season closer The Little Mermaid are sold out

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Colorado Ballet has sold out all five performances of the 2016-2017 season closer The Little Mermaid.  The production will run March 31-April 2, 2017 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts and will open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1.

“We knew The Little Mermaid would be popular, but could not have predicted that we would sell out the production months in advance,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “A few months ago, we even added a fifth performance, but that performance is also completely sold out.  We are close to wrapping up our most successful ticket sales season of all time and the early sell-out of The Little Mermaid has contributed to that achievement.”

The Little Mermaid features 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.  The production will open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, choreographed by Clark Tippet featuring a vibrant violin ensemble composed by Max Bruch.

"Even though the season closer is sold out, audiences still have one more opportunity to see Colorado Ballet perform this season during Ballet MasterWorks, February 17-26 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House,” said Boggs.  “This stunning production includes Firebird, Serenade and Petite Mort performed with live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and should not be missed.  Ballet MasterWorks is always the dancers’ favorite production because it demonstrates their artistry and athleticism."

To purchase tickets for Ballet MasterWorks, visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Colorado Ballet will have two small performances featuring new works during Attitude on Santa Fe March 10-11 in its Black Box Theater.  The Company will also announce its lineup for the 2017-2018 season in February.

Dana Benton by Allen Birnbach

All about Serenade: video interview

Monday, January 16, 2017

This video features an interview with repetiteur Viki Psihoyos and artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Serenade for the upcoming Ballet MasterWorks production.

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 and music by Igor Stravinsky.  The production will also feature Serenade, choreographed by George Balanchine to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C.”  Rounding out the program, Colorado Ballet will perform Petite Mort by choreographer Jiří Kylián and music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Behind the ballet: Serenade

Friday, January 13, 2017

 
Serenade, sponsored by Dave Andrews, is one of three acclaimed works featured in the upcoming Ballet MasterWorks.  According to The George Balanchine Trust, Serenade originated as a lesson in stage technique. Overtime, Balanchine worked unexpected rehearsal events into the choreography. When one student fell, he incorporated it. Another day, a student arrived late, and this too became part of the ballet. The ballet was reworked several times. In its present form there are four movements — “Sonatina,” “Waltz,” “Russian Dance,” and “Elegy.” The last two movements reverse the order of Tchaikovsky’s score, ending the ballet on a note of sadness.

 

 

Denver Ballet Guild Presents
Ballet MasterWorks

February 17-26, 2017

Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Click here for more information.


Colorado Ballet presents Ballet MasterWorks 2017

Monday, January 09, 2017

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.

  

“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 Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil 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.”

  

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 bird with dazzling glowing feathers who helps a prince rescue a beautiful maiden from an evil 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 includes unexpected events from the first rehearsals into the choreography.  The ballet includes 28 dancers in blue costumes in front of a blue background and according to the Balanchine Trust, the ballet is a milestone in the history of dance.

 

Rounding out the program, Colorado Ballet will perform Petite Mort by choreographer Jiří Kylián and music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Kylián created Petite Mort for the Salzburg Festival on the second centenary of Mozart’s death and according to his website, he based the choreography on two slow movements of two of Mozart’s most famous piano concertos.  He said that in the moment of ecstasy or pleasure, people are reminded of the fact that life is short and death is relatively close.  This is the first time that Colorado Ballet will present a Kylián ballet.

 

“There is a reason why Ballet MasterWorks is the dancers’ favorite production of the year artistically,” said Boggs.  “Where else can you see FirebirdSerenade and Petite Mort in one production with powerful 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.”

 

To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.  This production is sponsored by the Denver Ballet Guild.

 

Performance dates and times:

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Maria Mosina by Allen Birnbach

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