By Gil Boggs
First I want to congratulate Adam Still on his promotion to Soloist. And for the other changes to our dancer roster please welcome Klara Houdet, Lesley Allred and Benjamin Winegar... we all can't wait to get this thing started! And if you're wondering what "this thing" is read on...
The Sleeping Beauty, October 5-21, 2012 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. This beloved fairy tale features choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Tchaikovsky, performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
WE DO IT EVERY YEAR:
The Nutcracker, November 24 through December 24, 2012 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters and dazzling costumes and scenery by José Varona. This seasonal tradition will feature classic choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
WE HAVEN'T DONE IT THIS WAY SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE:
Ballet MasterWorks February 22-March 3, 2013 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. It is hard to describe how excited I am about Ballet MasterWorks. The program will feature the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s score The Rite of Spring performed to Glen Tetley’s ballet Le Sacre du Printemps. The program will also include George Balanchine’s historic Theme and Variations danced the final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 for Orchestra in G major, Op. 55, and a world premiere work by choreographer Val Caniparoli choreographed to the music of Poul Ruders. I am very proud that this will be the first repertory program in my tenure performed with the accompaniment of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Ballet MasterWorks will be a performance of dance and orchestra that is often wished for.
WE DO IT BECAUSE WE SHOULD:
Light /The Holocaust & Humanity Project March 29-31, 2013 at the Newman Center at the University of Denver. Making its Denver debut, this ballet explores the issues surrounding the Holocaust. The work explores human suffering in the face of genocide, as well as people’s capacity to survive and flourish as individuals and as a community. When it premiered in 2005, Light /The Holocaust & Humanity Project brought national attention to Ballet Austin and choreographer Stephen Mills. Set to the music of five important living composers, Mills' original choreography turns the spotlight on discrimination and triumph of the human spirit. Mills has not only given the dance world a creation of refection and hope but also a work that transcends to everyday life as we know it. There is a very powerful feeling in the theater during the performance of Light and attendees will walk away with a true sense that there is kindness in mankind.
It doesn't get any better than this and I'll finish by saying do yourself a favor and get your tickets now for Ballet MasterWorks, this on is going to blow you tutu off!