Colorado Ballet Opens Season with Sleeping Beauty

September 11, 2018

DENVER, CO (September 11, 2018) – Colorado Ballet will open its 2018/2019 season with the timeless classical ballet Sleeping Beauty, October 5 – 14 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“We are very excited to open our season with Sleeping Beauty. This ballet truly showcases the purity of classicism. The music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa give audiences the opportunity to see, hear and experience one of the most perfectly classical forms of ballet that can be presented,” states Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.

“The role of Princess Aurora is one of the most challenging roles a ballerina can dance. This along with the lavish sets, costumes and good versus evil story will certainly transport you to a land of enchantment.”

Sleeping Beauty premiered in 1890 and remains one of the most performed and beloved ballets today. A collaboration between legendary choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty is based on Charles Perrault’s La Belle au bois dormant and was first performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

This classic fairy-tale tells the story of the beautiful princess Aurora, who falls under the spell of a wicked fairy on her 16th birthday. Under the curse of this spell, the princess and entire village fall into 100 years of sleep. Only the kiss of true love can awaken the princess and break the spell. With the help of the Lilac Fairy, Prince Desirée must find his way to the sleeping princess in order to save his newfound love. Joy and a celebratory wedding ensue after the fateful kiss.

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Tickets range from $30 to $155. 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.

This production of Sleeping Beauty is presented by MidFirst Bank.

Colorado Ballet receives support from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Supporting season sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, Colorado State University and Accenture.

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The Nutcracker | November 24 – December 24, 2018
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The Wizard of Oz | February 1 – 10, 2019
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Tour de Force | March 8-10, 2019
Featuring Colorado Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and Wonderbound
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Ballet MasterWorks | April 5 – 14, 2019
Featuring Carmina Burana and Serenade
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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. As a world-class professional company, Colorado Ballet presents more than 55 performances annually to sold-out audiences in the 2,000 seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company’s 33 professional dancers and 22 studio company dancers come from all over the world. In 2014, Colorado Ballet moved into its new home, The Armstrong Center for Dance, a 35,000 square foot building that boasts eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios and amenities for the professional Company.

Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 58 years of presenting classical ballet and superior dance. 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 and has doubled in size since 2014. Colorado Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement programming serves under-resourced students, teachers, families, people with disabilities and lifelong learners, reaching more than 35,000 contacts in 300 schools and organizations annually.

Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy and Education & Community Engagement programming. For more information please visit COLORADOBALLET.ORG.