This is the second 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 on October 1. Students in Rico, CO and Sheridan WY streamed the performance and Colorado Ballet is looking to expand the number of schools participating in the program for The Nutcracker student matinee.
“This is such a great opportunity for students here,” said one of the teachers in Wyoming who participated in the La Sylphide live stream with her class.
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 student matinee presented at no cost to the highest percentage Title I schools. While the in-person student matinee this year will remain invitation-only, the live stream is open to any school that would like to participate.
“The 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 are really excited to be able to offer professional-level performing arts in areas where there is limited access.”
Interested schools can contact O’Connor at email@example.com for more information, including technical requirements. A study guide with curriculum suggestions relevant to the production is available at www.coloradoballet.org.
The Nutcracker features choreography after Marius Petipa and music by Tchaikovsky, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. The total runtime of the production including the intermission is 1 hour and 50 minutes. The 20 minute intermission will feature live interviews with artistic staff and dancers for schools participating in the live stream.
|Dana Benton by Mike Watson|