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Colorado Ballet to host Nutcracker Market in Skyline Park November 5-8

Monday, October 12, 2015

Colorado Ballet will host the first annual Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market November 5-8, 2015 in a heated tent in Skyline Park in Downtown Denver at 16th and Arapahoe Streets.

The market will consist of an upscale retail market, with additional artisan and high-end craft booths.  In addition to the holiday market, Colorado Ballet will host other events and activities including a private kick-off cocktail party, two Breakfast with Santa events, a food court with a variety of food trucks, and live music by local chorale and music groups.  Colorado Ballet Academy students will also perform on November 8.

“Colorado Ballet takes great pride in hosting our first annual Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, which will kick-off the holiday season in Denver,” said Sarah Treviño-Anderson, Colorado Ballet Special Events and Boutique Manager.  “The Nutcracker Market will showcase the best Denver has to offer for holiday gift ideas with great entertainment and holiday festivities.”

The event will be held annually during the first weekend of November in Downtown Denver and will benefit Colorado Ballet and its affiliate programs.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  Children ages 12 and under are free.  Breakfast with Santa costs $30 and includes breakfast, visit with Santa, cookie and ornament decorating, and admission to the market for one day.  The Kick-off Cocktail Party on November 5 costs $50 for a single ticket or $75 for a couple and both tickets include hors d’oeurves, two drinks and market entry on one of the following days.  For more information on the Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, visit www.coloradoballet.org/nutcrackermarket.

La Sylphide reviews

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Read a few of the outstanding reviews about Colorado Ballet's La Sylphide, October 2-11, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House:

Photos from La Sylphide

Monday, October 05, 2015

Here are a few photos of Colorado Ballet's production of La Sylphide, which runs until October 11.  For more information, visit http://coloradoballet.org/performances/la-sylphide.

Maria Mosina in La Sylphide Act I - by Mike Watson


Alexei Tyukov in La Sylphide Act I - by Mike Watson

Artists of Colorado Ballet in La Sylphide Act I - by Mike Watson

Gregory Gonzales in La Sylphide by Mike Watson

Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov in La Sylphide Act II - by Mike Watson

Artists of Colorado Ballet in La Sylphide Act II - by Mike Watson

Alexei Tyukov and Gregory Gonzales in La Sylphide Act II - by Mike Watson

Sharon Wehner celebrates 20th season at Colorado Ballet

Friday, October 02, 2015

Principal dancer Sharon Wehner is interviewed about her 20th season with Colorado Ballet.

Photos courtesy of Sharon Wehner.

Maria Mosina and Gil Boggs on 9News Colorado & Company

Thursday, October 01, 2015

This is a video of Principal Dancer Maria Mosina and Artistic Director Gil Boggs on 9News' Colorado & Company talking about La Sylphide.

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse La Sylphide Act II sylphs

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse La Sylphide Act II sylphs.

La Sylphide
October 2-11, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

La Sylphide rehearsal - Maria Mosina, Sharon Wehner and Dana Benton rehearse the sylph

Monday, September 28, 2015

La Sylphide rehearsal - Maria Mosina, Sharon Wehner and Dana Benton rehearse the sylph

La Sylphide
October 2-11, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Interview with Yosvani Ramos about La Sylphide

Saturday, September 26, 2015

This is an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Yosvani Ramos about La Sylphide. Photos and video provided by Yosvani Ramos.

La Sylphide
October 2-11, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse La Sylphide - the Sylph and James

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse La Sylphide - the Sylph and James

La Sylphide
October 2-11, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

History of La Sylphide

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The premiere of “La Sylphide” on May 14, 1832 in Paris heralded a new era in the history of dance.  The old classical and popular themes were suddenly overshadowed by an enchanted world where elementals and spirits mingled with humans.  Romantic ballet was born and Romanticism’s first ballerina, Marie Taglioni became a legendary success.  Dancing “sur les pontes,” she created a vision of ethereal and poetic beauty that before this, had been unseen in ballet.  Her father Filipo Taglioni had created the work for her from a libretto by the opera singer Adolphe Nourrit, and it remained in the repertoire of the Paris Opera until 1860.

In July 1830, August Bournonville, already an experienced choreographer with his own method of training dancers, was appointed director of ballet at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.  It was here he discovered the young dancer Lucile Grahn, whom he felt would be ideal for the part of “La Sylphide.”  She consequently accompanied him on his trip to Paris in May 1834 to see a performance of the ballet.  The original score by Jean Schneitzerhoeffer was too expensive, but, the day before leaving Paris, Bournonville bought a copy of the programme for 2 francs and 10 sous.  On the return home, Lucile was given her first important role as Astrid in Bournonville’s production of “Valdemar” (1835) in preparation for her part in “La Sylphide.”

Bournonville carefully worked out the plot of his ballet from the Paris programme before starting on his own version of “La Sylphide.”  A new score was composed by the 21 year old Baron Herman S. Løvenskiold, which filled the ballet with fresh vitality and the role of James was made more demanding for Bournonville himself to dance.

The premiere at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen on November 28, 1836 was a tremendous success.  Lucile Grahn started a career, which in a few years was to make her internationally famous, and Bournonville went on to create many more ballets.

Much to his annoyance, the ballet was generally regarded as a copy of Taglioni’s, but it is a triumph for him that it still survives today.  The French version vanished from stage as the great ballerinas died out and it was only in Russia that “La Sylphide” stay alive into the 20th century, before it, too finally disappeared.

Bournonville’s Danish version, however has remained in the repertoire of the Royal Danish Ballet, and has been handed down from generation to generation without any break in tradition.  It is probably the work that has best preserved the spirit and style of that era.

Colorado Ballet presents:
La Sylphide
October 2-11, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://tickets.coloradoballet.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=1550 

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