Sanya Andersen-Vie - April 12, 2012
DENVER – Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs announced the 2012-2013 season, which will feature technically-challenging classical ballet with innovative contemporary premieres. Marking the Company’s 52nd season, the four-production lineup will stay true to Boggs’ artistic vision of presenting superior quality classical ballet and innovative dance.
“This is a season for our dancers, which will showcase their talent and abilities and is sure to give audiences an inspiring experience,” said Boggs. “It speaks well of a company that it can perform one of the greatest full-length classical works ever, The Sleeping Beauty, and transform to the raw power of dance to Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. I’m also very excited that our Repertory Production will be performed for the first time in my tenure with the accompaniment of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.”
Colorado Ballet opens its season with the classical storybook ballet 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. Colorado Ballet will demonstrate that love conquers all in this classic story.
Colorado Ballet’s season continues in November with Denver’s favorite holiday tradition, 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.
In February 2013, Colorado Ballet transitions from storybook ballets to an innovative collection of three different works. Colorado Ballet will present the Repertory Production February 22 through March 3, 2013 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Highlighting this program will be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s composition of The Rite of Spring. Colorado Ballet is honored to be dancing the ballet The Rite of Spring, with choreography by Glen Tetley. Also in this program will be George Balanchine’s ballet Theme and Variations, performed to the final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 for Orchestra in G major, Op. 55. To round out the program, Colorado Ballet is proud to bring in Val Caniparoli, choreographer for San Francisco Ballet to create a new work on the company. Caniparoli’s versatility has made him one of the most sought after American choreographers in the United States and abroad, contributing to the repertories of more than 35 dance companies. He has created a body of work that is rooted in classicism but influenced by all forms of movement: modern dance, ethnic dance, social dancing, and even ice-skating.
“Along with Stravinsky’s incredible music and the choreography of Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring, we will perform a ballet by one of the greatest choreographers who ever lived, George Balanchine’s Theme & Variations,” said Boggs. “I’m also very excited to have choreographer Val Caniparoli create a new work with Colorado Ballet for the first time. These three works in one evening with a live orchestra performance will make for a very powerful night of dance.”
Colorado Ballet will close out the season with 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 of the most important living composers, Mills' original choreography turns the spotlight on discrimination and triumph of the human spirit.
“Stephen 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 /The Holocaust & Humanity Project, an emotion far different than experienced with other ballets and you walk away with a true sense that there is kindness in mankind.”
Colorado Ballet will present various classical excerpts in An Evening Under the Stars on August 30, 2012 at the Arvada Center. This marks Colorado Ballet’s fifth year at the Arvada Center.
Season subscriptions and tickets will be on sale soon. Visit www.ColoradoBallet.org for details.
About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 51 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Outreach programs.