DENVER, CO (March 24, 2022) – Colorado Ballet’s 2021/2022 season will crescendo to a mesmerizing close with seven performances of Ballet MasterWorks at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, April 15–24.
This eclectic program features three world-renowned masterpieces that broadened the boundaries of ballet repertoire in the 20th century—George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs. Each unique work combines incredible physical expression with extraordinary music. Tchaikovsky and Mozart’s famous scores will be performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, followed by recordings of some of Frank Sinatra’s most popular songs.
“We look forward to sharing a beautiful production of MasterWorks with our audiences in April,” stated Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “This year, our season finale will include repertory works created by three of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century. From classical and contemporary ballet to ballroom dancing with a modern flair, Ballet MasterWorks offers something for everyone. I hope that seeing these monumental works performed live will give audiences an unforgettable experience of artistic inspiration, sparked by the expression, innovation, and versatility of dance.
“This season, it has been an honor to bring world-class ballet back to our audiences at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House,” continues Boggs. “We are incredibly grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from our community, and I can’t think of a better way to conclude such an inspiring and celebratory season than with our dynamic production of Ballet MasterWorks, which we haven’t been able to perform since 2019.”
More About the Repertoire
Ballet MasterWorks opens with Theme and Variations, choreographed by George Balanchine. Featuring some of the most challenging choreography in the 20th century repertoire, Theme and Variations merges masterful ballet technique with enthralling musicality, supreme artistry and the pure joy of dance. A stunning pas de deux, exciting solos and lively ensembles follow the twelve variations of Tchaikovsky’s score for an awe-inspiring experience that is a testament to the union of movement and music.
Jirí Kylián’s Petite Mort is set to two of Mozart’s most well-known piano concertos and thoughtfully explores subtle themes of eroticism and sexuality through exuberant and mesmerizing movement. Mozart’s articulate and melodic music accentuates the physicality of Kylián’s intricate choreography, which features the use of fencing foils and Baroque-style black gowns that seamlessly transition between the roles of props and dance partners.
The program finishes with Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs. Including hits from Frank Sinatra such as My Way, That’s Life and Strangers in the Night, Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs follows seven couples in various phases of their romantic relationships. Each song paired with choreography is a unique vignette that presents its own take on love and connection. Tharp’s passionate movement, Sinatra’s iconic music, and costumes designed by Oscar de la Renta will bring a world brimming with ebullient glitz and glam to the stage.
Ballet MasterWorks is presented by Denver Ballet Guild and supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES
Friday, April 15, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Friday, April 22, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 2 p.m.*
*Audio described performance
Tickets range from $40 to $160. Visit COLORADOBALLET.ORG or call Patron Services at 303-837-8888 ext. 2 to purchase tickets.
To continue to reduce the number of ticket resellers, please purchase directly through Colorado Ballet via the website or phone number listed above. Tickets purchased through resellers may not be valid.
COVID Attendance Policy Lifted
As of March 21, Colorado Ballet patrons will no longer be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine, a negative test, or wear a mask while attending Colorado Ballet performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company’s previous COVID attendance policy will no longer be in place for all MasterWorks performances in April. While masks are not required, patrons may choose to wear a mask based on personal preference or risk. All Colorado Ballet COVID-19 policies are subject to change at any time. For more information and to read the full details of the policy, please visit our website.
EVENT LISTING FOR BALLET MASTERWORKS
Colorado Ballet presents Ballet MasterWorks
April 15–24, 2022 | Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Tickets start at $40 at COLORADOBALLET.ORG
Colorado Ballet’s season crescendos to a mesmerizing close with a compilation of unique works of art, combining unforgettable music and incredible physical expression. This dynamic program includes George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, and Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs. Experience this program featuring world-renowned masterpieces that profoundly impacted the art form and remain central to 20th century innovative repertoire.
UPCOMING 2022/2023 SEASON PRODUCTIONS
Dracula | Oct. 6–17, 2022
The Nutcracker | Nov. 26–Dec. 24, 2022
Lady of the Camellias | Feb. 3–12, 2023
Cinderella | Mar. 10–19, 2023
Ballet MasterWorks | Apr. 14–23, 2023
ABOUT COLORADO BALLET
Presenting exceptional classical ballet and innovative contemporary dance through performances, training, education and community engagement, Colorado Ballet continues to inspire and grow an increasingly diverse audience base in Denver, Colorado. Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 61 years of excellence. As a world-class professional company serving over 100,000 national and international patrons, Colorado Ballet presents 55 performances annually to sold-out audiences in the 2,000 seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company’s 32 professional dancers and 20 studio company dancers come from all over the world. Colorado Ballet’s The Armstrong Center for Dance, a 35,000 square foot building, boasts eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios and amenities for the professional Company. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet performs classical ballet masterpieces, full-length story ballets and its critically acclaimed repertory production Ballet MasterWorks, featuring varied works from neoclassical ballets to world premieres. The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy serves over 1,200 students from toddlers to seniors each year. Colorado Ballet’s Education & Community Engagement offers programs to students and community members, making over 25,000 contacts and reaching over 200 schools and organizations annually. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses including youth, families, teachers, and people with and without disabilities. For more information, please visit coloradoballet.org.