Principal dancers Sharon Wehner and Domenico Luciano rehearse Cheshire Cat from ALICE (in wonderland).
ALICE (in wonderland)
February 19-28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra http://coloradoballet.org
Fall down the rabbit hole and join Colorado Ballet on an adventure for the Colorado premiere of a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s books. Experience a whimsical (wonder)land with beloved, eccentric characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and other exotic creatures as young Alice escapes the clutches of the wicked Queen of Hearts. Featuring choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, this ballet will charm adults and children in a theatrical extravaganza!
Colorado Ballet seeks schools and educational
organizations throughout Colorado and out-of-state to participate in a
free remote live stream of its student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland) at 10:30 a.m. on February 18.
“The in-person student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland)
has been sold out since before the 2015-2016 season began, but students
and teachers are still welcome to participate through the live stream,”
said Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education. “Students
who would otherwise be unable to see ALICE will have the
opportunity to experience a live ballet performance with costumes, sets
and a live orchestra. Plus, this production follows Lewis Carroll’s
classic book very closely, so students will learn a lot while watching
This is the third time that Colorado Ballet will live stream
a production in its student matinee series, which brings nearly 2,000
students to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts
Complex to watch ballet performances with full sets, costumes and a
live orchestra. Colorado Ballet hosted its first live stream during the
student matinee of La Sylphide in October and its second live stream during the student matinee of The Nutcracker in December. More than 100 sites from 10 Colorado cities and 27 states streamed The Nutcracker
student matinee performance. In addition, students in England,
Ireland, Ecuador, Greece, Italy and China also participated in the live
stream event. The majority of the sites were schools, but four
hospitals including Denver Health also participated.
“The response we have received on the live streaming of our
student matinee series has been incredible,” said Hyde. “We heard back
from so many teachers after The Nutcracker live stream and the
students were mesmerized by the dancing and music. One teacher who
works in a dual-language school said it was incredible that we offered a
performance that could be understood in any language. That is what we
hope to accomplish with this series; impacting students from all over
Colorado and the U.S. through the power of dance.”
Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” with characters from “Through the Looking-Glass,” ALICE (in wonderland) includes choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. ALICE first
premiered with The Washington Ballet in 2012. The total runtime of the
production including the intermission is 2 hours and 5 minutes. The 20
minute intermission will feature live interviews with artistic staff
and dancers for schools participating in the live stream.
Colorado Ballet will host the second Attitude on Santa Fe at 6 p.m. on February 6, 2016 in the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO. The performance will include three ballets choreographed by two Colorado Ballet dancers and one Colorado Ballet Academy teacher, performed by Colorado Ballet Company and Studio Company dancers. The event will also include a three course meal and wine prior to the performance.
Principal dancer Domenico Luciano’s new work, Attraversiamo will feature two pieces of music, “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber and “Pavane for Dead Princess” by Maurice Ravel. According to Luciano, while creating the new ballet, he selected specific dancers because he wanted their artistic input. He had a basic idea in the beginning of his choreographic process and wanted the dancers to naturally contribute to the message he was trying to express in the work. He said that he paired every couple together for a specific reason because he knows the dancers so well and he knew how they would interact with each other, which was a big part of each piece. The theme of his ballet is a brief look on the dynamics between people; not all of it is smooth, much like relationships during a person’s life.
Principal dancer Yosvani Ramos choreographed Divertimento Pour Six for English National Ballet's Choreographic Workshop in 2002 and for the first time, Colorado Ballet’s dancers will perform the ballet during Attitude on Santa Fe. The music includes excerpts from “Faust” by Charles Gounod and the costumes are by Suzi Skelton. Divertimento Pour Six is one of seven ballets that Ramos choreographed during the nine years he spent as a dancer at English National Ballet. Ramos said that he is excited to be redoing the ballet for Colorado Ballet’s dancers. The ballet has no theme, but according to Ramos, it is fun, classical work that showcases the dancers performing in it.
Academy instructor and Colombian artist Carolina Pahde-Mallarino has spent the past 15 years of her professional life exploring the idea of “the influence of cultural identity in the creation of art.” Her new ballet with(in)me is set to "Ode to Joy" from the fourth movement of Beethoven's “9th Symphony.” Inspired by the text of F. Schiller’s poem from which the words of the symphony are taken, Pahde-Mallarino expanded her idea of cultural identity to that of identity as a whole. By working with the dancers on questions such as: “Who are you? What makes you who you are? and how are you different from everyone else?” she takes the dancers on a journey to discover their own humanity. She starts the ballet by showing the most outer layer of the performers being, then, little by little, through the use of various dance techniques including classical ballet, contemporary and modern, she introduces new movement ideas. Through these techniques, she reveals other layers beneath the surface until, finally, at the end of the ballet, all that is left is what she calls “original movement,” or movement extracted from the things that make each of these individuals uniquely human.
Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m. The cost including the dinner, wine and performance is $75 and seating is limited. Performance-only tickets are also available for $25. To register, visit www.coloradoballet.org/events.
Colorado Ballet hosted another Attitude on Santa Fe event with different works by Colorado Ballet’s dancers in September 2015. The event was sold out.
Click here to watch a rehearsal from the September 2015 Attitude on Santa Fe:
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programs including the professional company, education and community
engagement programs and Colorado Ballet Academy.
Colorado Ballet's 55th annual production of The Nutcracker has
officially come to a close at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. We want
to thank everyone who helped make this the most successful Nutcracker in
the history of Colorado Ballet! More people attended this year's
production than ever before, so whether it was your first time or your
55th, we hope you enjoyed our magical production.
At Colorado Ballet, dance is accessible to EVERYONE and ballet can be
a part of ANYONE’S life. Donations make so many things possible at
Colorado Ballet and that includes are our professional company.
August, Colorado Ballet earned RAVE REVIEWS at the Vail International
Dance Festival performing alongside some of the best dancers in the
world. Your donations make these kind of opportunities possible. Your
gift will help Colorado Ballet’s vision to be recognized as the BEST
BALLET COMPANY between the coasts, known especially for EXCELLENT &
EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT and a WORLD-CLASS ACADEMY.
More than 100 sites from 10 Colorado cities and 27 states streamed Colorado Ballet’s free live student matinee performance of The Nutcracker
on December 4. In addition, students in England, Ireland, Ecuador,
Greece, Italy and China also participated in the live stream event.
The majority of the sites were schools, but four hospitals including Denver Health also participated in the live streaming of The Nutcracker. Approximately 3,000 students watched the performance online.
live stream is an amazing way to expose students to dance who otherwise
wouldn’t be able to see our shows,” said Anne O’Connor, Colorado
Ballet’s Director of Education and Community Partnerships. “Teachers
were really excited to be able to offer professional-level performing
arts in areas where there is limited access.”
This is the second
time that Colorado Ballet streamed a live production online during its
student matinee series, which brings nearly 2,000 students to the Ellie
Caulkins Opera House to watch a ballet performance with full sets,
costumes and a live orchestra. Colorado Ballet opens its fall and
spring student matinee productions to all interested schools and school
groups, but The Nutcracker student matinee has always been an
invitation-only performance presented at no cost to the highest
percentage Title I schools. While the in-person student matinee this
year remained invitation-only, the live stream was open to any school or
hospital that wanted to participate.
“The outpouring of
interest from all over the world was incredible,” said O’Connor.
“Colorado Ballet truly has world-class talent and this was an amazing
opportunity to demonstrate that to the world. Colorado Ballet would
also like to thank Rick Romano at JFR Holdings Corp and Duke Hartman at
High Noon Entertainment for their help with the live stream.”
Here are a few comments from teachers who participated in the live stream:
24 students LOVED it and were mesmerized by the music, dancing, lights,
effects, and costumes! As a matter of fact, I had the pleasure of
watching many kids dancing, twirling, and pretending to play various
musical instruments during recess. We are a dual-language
(Spanish/English) school and having this opportunity to watch a
performance that can be understood in any language was incredible.”
am a kindergarten teacher at a high poverty impacted school here in
Seattle and these kids were GLUED to the screen the entire time. What a
great experience for my kids who may never get a chance to see such a
“We are a low income school so opportunities like this that are so positive and uplifting and free are so needed.”
was amazed at how many students had never seen the Nutcracker before
and to be able to show them one of the best productions I've ever seen
was such a gift. I have students in this particular class that would
usually be called troublemakers and spend a good deal of time not
participating at all. When these students were watching the performance,
they were completely captivated for the entire 40 minutes (hard to do)
and they were even telling others to stop talking so they could enjoy
“It was an opportunity that we were fortunate
to be a part of, especially since many of our children have limited
access to cultural and arts experiences. The performance was
spectacular. I have seen the Nutcracker many times and this performance
could be equally rivaled with the New York City Ballet!”
In addition to the professional dancers and Academy students performing in The Nutcracker
student matinee, the performance also included two performers from the
Be Beautiful Be Yourself program, a partnership between Colorado Ballet
and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.