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Colorado Ballet presents spine-tingling Dracula during Halloween weekend

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Colorado Ballet will present Dracula, October 31-November 2, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Dracula features choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

 

“Come sink your teeth into this spine-tingling ballet full of seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “Our audience requests this production over and over again and we cannot wait to perform Dracula during Halloween weekend this year.  This is one of the most popular ballets we perform and because it is for one weekend only, we are expecting full houses for every performance.”

 

Based on Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror, Dracula contains mature content and is not recommended for children ages 13 or younger.

  

“Our production of Dracula is big, with grand sets including a train station, grand hotel, sanatorium, a terrifying underground vault and of course, Count Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania,” said Boggs.  “Audiences will feel like they are part of the action, as if any moment Count Dracula could sneak up behind them in the theater.  People who love the book or any of the other adaptations of this horror classic will love Colorado Ballet’s performance because the story is easy to follow and the dancing and music enhance the passion and terror of this deliciously macabre ballet.”

 

Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 @ 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 @ 2 p.m.

 

Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.  Dracula is presented by PwC.

 

Colorado Ballet will also host several special events around Dracula including a costume party after the performance on Halloween night and a Bloody Mary Brunch for the Center Stage Young Patrons group before the November 2 performance.  For more information on either of these events, visit www.coloradoballet.org/events.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Dracula" by Terry Shapiro

Getting to know the new dancers: Emily Speed

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We sent out a questionnaire to our new dancers to get to know them a little better.  

Here is the response from one of our new Corps de Ballet dancers, Emily Speed:


1.  Where are you from?

The Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area


2.  Where did you train/dance before coming to Colorado Ballet?

I have danced with several different companies including Alabama Ballet, Ballet Tucson and Boulder Ballet. Before graduating, I trained with Marina Almayeva.


3.  What did you do with your summer break?

My husband and I were married and he moved here to Denver. I also went with Kevin Wilson to Jackson, MS and competed in the USA international ballet competition there. We performed a classical pas de deux and a contemporary duet.


4.  What age did you first start dancing? What do you remember from your first class?

My first dance class I was only 3 years old but didn't start my classical training until much later. I just remember I always loved dancing and performing.


 

5.  What was your first ballet you remember attending?

It was a gala, but I remember they performed "Le Spectre de la Rose."


6.  Who are your ballet role models? Dancers that inspire you.

I love watching Natalia Osipova because she is such an amazing technician and isn't necessarily what you first think of when you think of a ballet dancer.


7.  Proudest moment in your ballet career?

It is hard to pinpoint one, but I am really proud to be where I am right now and it was a culmination of many events that has made me the dancer I am today.


8.  Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

Amanda McKerrow has always told me to just "stay present" on stage. It seems simple but for me it is always a good reminder to not think about what's already happened or what will and to truly focus on the role no matter how big or small.


9.  Favorite ballets to dance? Which are favorite to watch?

Don Quixote has so much life and is always fun to perform  and I also loved performing Serenade. I love watching all the classics but especially GiselleSwan Lake and La Bayadere.


10.  Dream role?

Medora in Le Corsaire or Kitri in Don Quixote


11.  What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I really enjoy spending time with my family and husband. I love yoga, cooking, and traveling.


12.  What are some of your indulgences?

Chocolate :)


13.  Do you have any pre-performance routines/rituals?

I get really chatty when I'm nervous or excited for a show but I like to have my hair done first and wait to finish my makeup until just before curtain. Depending on the part, I check certain sections from the piece on stage. If I do it well once I leave it there but I have to do it well once. I also like to say a quick prayer thanking God for the opportunity to do what I love.


14.  What production(s) are you most excited about this year?

George Balanchine's "Concerto Barocco"!!!!!


15.  What would you say to people who come to see the Colorado Ballet?

Denver is such a wonderful place with so many great things to do but there is something really special about participating in the arts. Thank you for watching and sharing in a wonderful part of this community.

About the choreographer of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday, September 05, 2014

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is a familiar name in the ballet world and Colorado Ballet will showcase his choreography in its upcoming production of A Midsummer Night's Dream September 26-October 5 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Wheeldon originally set A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Colorado Ballet in 1997.

 

This fanciful production features also features a score by Felix Mendelssohn, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

 

Read more about the choreographer:

Christopher Wheeldon joined New York City Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to Soloist in 1998.  He served as NYCB’s first-ever Artist in Residence in 2000/01 and was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. Since then he has choreographed at least one ballet a year for NYCB. Outside the ballet world, he choreographed Dance of the Hours for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Ponchielli’s La Gioconda (2006), as well as ballet sequences for the feature film Center Stage (2000) and Sweet Smell of Success on Broadway (2002). In 2007, Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. In 2009, Wheeldon worked with Richard Eyre on a production of the opera Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera House and in 2010 his new version of The Sleeping Beauty had its premiere with The Royal Danish Ballet. His new full-length ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was created for The Royal Ballet and given its premiere at the Royal Opera House on February 28, 2011. Thirteen Diversions (created for American Ballet Theatre 2011) and Les Carrillons world premiere formed an all Wheeldon evening at the NYCB in January 2012. In 2014, he is creating a full length version of A Winters Tale for the Royal Ballet and directing and choreographing a musical version of An American In Paris, which will premiere in Paris at the Chatelet Theatre.  His awards include the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the American Choreography Award, a Dance Magazine Award, the London Critic’s Circle Award for best new ballet for Polyphonia, two time Olivier award winner most recently for Aeternum choreographed in January 2013 for the Royal Ballet. Mr. Wheeldon’s recent production of Cinderella won the 2013 Benois De La Danse.

  

Click here for more information about Colorado Ballet's upcoming production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Colorado Ballet presents Shakespearian classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Colorado Ballet opens its 54th season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, September 26-October 5, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The production features choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and a score by Felix Mendelssohn, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

“Join us for an enchanting presentation of Shakespeare’s classic, filled with mischief, romance and comedy,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “Between the festive costumes, majestic scenery, meddlesome fairies and the crisscrossed young lovers, this ballet is pure magic.  Adults and children will love this production.”

Wheeldon originally set A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Colorado Ballet in 1997 and the Company is bringing the production back this season.  The ballet features Oberon, King of the Fairies and his servant Puck as they take revenge on Oberon’s Queen Titania by making her fall in love with Bottom the Weaver, who has been transformed into a donkey.  Puck and Oberon also play love games with mortals Hermia, Demitrius, Helena and Lysander.  The ballet ends happily for the crisscrossed young lovers and for Oberon and his queen.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies because it deals with love, mischief and falling in love with a donkey,” said Boggs.  “Set in two worlds, the land of the fairies and the land of reality, the play translates very well into a ballet.  Fans of Shakespeare and fans of ballet will both love this production, especially with the added magic of an orchestra and a collaboration with the Colorado Children’s Chorale performing Mendelssohn’s fanciful score live.”

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2 p.m. 

Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Photo by Terry Shapiro

Colorado Children’s Chorale to perform with Colorado Ballet in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday, August 08, 2014
Colorado Ballet's upcoming season opener of A Midsummer Night's Dream will feature music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children's Chorale.  The production will run from September 26-October 5 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

About the Colorado Children's Chorale

Since 1974, the Colorado Children’s Chorale has brought its artistry and charm to audiences throughout the world. With a diverse repertoire ranging from fully staged opera and musical theater to standard choral compositions in classical, folk and popular traditions, the Chorale performs with an innovative stage presentation and a unique theatrical spirit.

The Colorado Children's Chorale annually trains 500 members between the ages of 7 and 14 from all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds representing more than 180 schools in the Denver metro area and beyond. Since its founding in 1974, the Chorale has sung countless performances with some of the world’s finest performing arts organizations, performed for numerous dignitaries, and appeared in several television and radio broadcasts.

Colorado Children's Chorale

Colorado Children's Chorale

For more information about A Midsummer Night's Dream, please click here.

Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season in posters

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Here is a quick preview of our upcoming 54th season in posters!  During the 2014-2015 season, Colorado Ballet will present A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracula, The Nutcracker, Ballet MasterWorks and Peter and the WolfClick here for more information about any of these upcoming productions.

Photos: Chandra Kuykendall, Domenico Luciano, Dana Benton, Maria Mosina, Kevin Gaël Thomas and Joshua Allenback, by Allen Birnbach 

An Evening Under the Stars promotion ends August 1

Monday, July 28, 2014

Colorado Ballet's promotion for 20% covered seating to An Evening Under the Stars performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater ends on August 1.  To redeem the promotion, click here and type in the promo code BALLET before you select your seats.  This promo is only valid for covered seating and will not work for general admission lawn seating.

An Evening Under the Stars will include excerpts of Colorado Ballet’s upcoming fall productions A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dracula.  The production will also include other classical and contemporary works.  The evening will close with Sandra Brown’s The Last Beat, with music by DeVotchKa, which premiered in March.

Don't miss this great preview of Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season and other ballet excerpts!

Artists of Colorado Ballet in The Last Beat by Sue Daniels Photography
Photo: Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Last Beat" by Sue Daniels Photography 

Single tickets are on sale now for Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Artists of Colorado Ballet in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Terry ShapiroSingle tickets went on sale today for Colorado Ballet’s 54th season, which will include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula, The Nutcracker and Ballet MasterWorks at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Peter and the Wolf at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

The season opens with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, September 26-October 5, 2014.  This enchanting ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s classic is filled with mischief, romance and comedy.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream features choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and a musical score by Felix Mendelssohn, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

Back by popular demand, Colorado Ballet will perform a spine-tingling Halloween production of Dracula, October 31-November 2, 2014Dracula features choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  The ballet inspired by Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror includes seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula.

The season continues with Colorado Ballet’s 54th annual production of The Nutcracker, November 29 through December 27, 2014The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, onstage blizzards, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  This enchanting holiday adventure will transport audiences to a magical world of awe and wonder.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in Dracula by Terry ShapiroColorado Ballet presents Ballet MasterWorks, February 20-March 1, 2015.  This collection of works from the masters of music and dance will showcase the dancers’ artistry and athleticism, highlighted by powerful live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Ballet MasterWorks includes Concerto Barocco, by choreographer George Balanchine and music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein; and a work to be announced.  Colorado Ballet first performed a Ballet MasterWorks production in 2013.

The season closes with the children’s classic Peter and the Wolf, March 27-29, 2015Peter and the Wolf includes choreography by Michael Smuin and a musical score by Sergei Prokofiev.  This irresistible family adventure features familiar music, vibrant costumes, lively dancing and a spirited narration of the whimsical story that demonstrates true bravery and imagination.  The production will open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, choreographed by Clark Tippet and music by Max Bruch.

Single tickets and season subscriptions are on sale now.  Tickets range from $25 to $155.  Visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

In addition to the main season productions, the Arvada Center will present Colorado Ballet at An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 16, 2014 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  This performance will feature excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula and other classical and contemporary works.  For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.

Beware of ticket scammers!

Friday, July 11, 2014

With single tickets to Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season going on sale on Tuesday, July 15, we want to remind our patrons to beware of ticket scammers.  Colorado Ballet sells tickets on our own website, www.coloradoballet.org and through our partners at Altitude Tickets (formerly known as TicketHorse), www.altitudetickets.com.  We encourage patrons to only buy tickets through these two websites.  Occasionally, we will also sell tickets to select performances through Travelzoo and LivingSocial.

Colorado Ballet does not partner with or endorse other ticketing services and we cannot guarantee the quality of ticketing services through other ticketing vendors.  We have heard complaints from patrons who have purchased through other sites, especially when it comes to extra fees.  Please be aware that Colorado Ballet does not charge additional fees when you select the print at home option on our website.  So, a $25 ticket is only $25 through print at home.  (The only additional ticketing fees we charge are for mailed tickets, will call or exchanges.)

Here are the 2014-2015 ticket prices:

  • Pointe Circle - $155
  • Spotlight Circle - $120
  • A Seating - $90
  • B Seating - $75
  • C Seating - $50
  • D Seating - $25

If a ticketing vendor wants to charge you much higher prices for these tickets or add on exorbitant handling fees, be suspicious!  We want our patrons to have a great experience before and during performances, so don't be fooled by ticket scammers.

On Tuesday, click here to purchase single tickets.  We hope you enjoy Colorado Ballet this season!

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Colorado Ballet to perform under the stars at Arvada Center

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Colorado Ballet will present An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 16, 2014 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.

An Evening under the Stars will highlight Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season by featuring previews from several ballets including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dracula.  The production will also include other classical and contemporary works.  The evening will close with Sandra Brown’s The Last Beat, with music by DeVotchKa, which premiered at Ballet Director’s Choice in March 2014.

Tickets range from $15 to $39.  Patrons who use promo code BALLET will receive 20 percent off covered seating tickets.  This promotion is for covered seats only, lawn seats are not valid and the promotion expires on August 1.  For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.

This performance marks the opening of Colorado Ballet’s 54th season, which includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream September 26-October 5, 2014, Dracula October 31-November 2, 2014, The Nutcracker November 29-December 27, 2014, Ballet MasterWorks February 20-March 1, 2015 and Peter and the Wolf March 27-29, 2015.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Last Beat"
By Sue Daniels Photography

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