Colorado Ballet Opens 2023/2024 Season with Swan Lake at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, October 6-15, 2023

September 6, 2023


DENVER, CO (September 6, 2023) – Colorado Ballet will welcome patrons back to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for the start of its 2023/2024 Season with eight performances of Swan Lake, October 6–15.

Swan Lake is the quintessential classical ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s acclaimed score, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Featuring virtuosic choreography after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with additional choreography by Colorado Ballet Ballet Master Sandra Brown, Amanda McKerrow, and John Gardner, Swan Lake presents an approachable, fairy-tale storyline suitable for all audiences, from first-time attendees to ballet aficionados.

Swan Lake is one of the most important classical ballets of all time,” stated Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “It’s a monumental feat of artistic excellence and technical ability. This production is challenging for even the most seasoned dancers, both physically and psychologically, from the principal roles to the incredible corps de ballet.”

“Believe me, though, the hard work is well worth it,” continued Boggs. “When you first watch the corps of 27 swans enter the stage, dancing perfectly in sync with one another and Tchaikovsky’s iconic music, it’ll take your breath away—there’s nothing quite like it. The entire ballet is full of those awe-inspiring moments, from the first note to the final curtain. You won’t want to miss it.”

Swan Lake recounts a classic tale of tragic romance. Only true love can break the spell cast upon Odette by the cruel Baron von Rothbart, who has transformed her and her companions into swans. Prince Siegfried encounters Odette on the shores of a moonlit lake and proclaims his eternal love for her, which will release her from her curse, only to be deceived thereafter by Rothbart and his daughter Odile. At Swan Lake, audiences will discover if true love can conquer evil.

Tickets to Swan Lake are selling quickly, and Colorado Ballet anticipates that performances will sell out this season. For the best availability, purchase today at COLORADOBALLET.ORG.


Friday, October 6, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 2 p.m.*
Friday, October 13, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 2 p.m

*Indicates audio-described performance. Learn more at COLORADOBALLET.ORG.


Tickets range from $40 to $175. Visit COLORADOBALLET.ORG or call Patron Services at (303) 339-1637 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.


Colorado Ballet presents Swan Lake
October 6–15, 2023 | Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Tickets start at $40 at COLORADOBALLET.ORG

A fairytale of passion, heartbreak, sorcery and deceit unfurls on the shores of a moonlit lake. Colorado Ballet presents Swan Lake, a romantic ballet beloved worldwide, performed to Tchaikovsky’s indelible score. This opulent four act production features iconic choreography after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with additional choreography by Ballet Master Sandra Brown, Amanda McKerrow, and John Gardner.


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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 63 years of excellence. As a world-class professional company serving over 100,000 national and international patrons, Colorado Ballet presents 58 performances annually to sold-out audiences in the 2,000 seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company’s 36 professional dancers and 22 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

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