Monday, August 29, 2016

Domenico Luciano talks about his new work for Attitude on Santa Fe


This video features an interview with Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Domenico Luciano about his new ballet Sirens, which will premiere at Attitude on Santa Fe.  The video also includes artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Sirens.

http://coloradoballet.org

Friday, August 26, 2016

Colorado Ballet seeks schools and organizations for free live streaming of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker during 2016-2017 season

DENVER – Colorado Ballet seeks schools and organizations throughout Colorado and out-of-state to participate in free remote live streams of its student matinee performances of Swan Lake andThe Nutcracker during the 2016-2017 season.  The Swan Lake live stream will take place at 10 a.m. MST on October 6 and The Nutcracker live stream will take place at 11 a.m. MST on December 2.

Sites eligible for the live streams include: public, charter and private schools (ECE-12th grade); colleges and universities; as well as hospitals, homeless shelters and non-profit organizations that serve children and youth.
 
“Interested schools and organizations are welcome to sign up for Swan LakeThe Nutcracker or both,” said Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education.  “The in-person student matinee performance of Swan Lake is sold out and The Nutcracker student matinee is by invitation only, so students, teachers, and patients who might otherwise be unable to see live ballet performances will have the opportunity to watch Colorado Ballet live this season.  These performances include full sets, costumes and a live orchestra.  Plus, we offer study guides with suggested activities and discussion questions, so both live streams are excellent opportunities to study two beloved, classical ballets.”

This is the second season that Colorado Ballet has offered live streaming of its student matinee series.  During the 2015-2016 season, Colorado Ballet reached approximately 7,700 participants in 14 Colorado counties, 30 states and 6 countries including Ecuador, Ireland, England, Greece, Italy, and Canada through the live stream of the student matinees.

"We have received amazing feedback from schools and organizations who participated in the first season of live streaming the student matinee series,” said Hyde.  “Not only did we hear back that the video and audio quality of the live stream was excellent, but some participants commented that they felt like they had front row seats.  Teachers told us that we were changing lives and helping children to love and appreciate the arts.  It was so rewarding for us to hear that children of all ages were mesmerized by the performances and we inspired children to dance and twirl after watching the shows.  We heard that we provided something that could be understood in any language and we cannot wait to offer the free live streaming opportunities again this season.”

Interested schools and organizations should visit http://coloradoballet.org/education/live-stream and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.  For more information, contact Samantha Hyde at samantha.hyde@coloradoballet.org.

About the performances
Colorado Ballet opens its 56th season with Swan Lake, featuring the original choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, set and updated by former American Ballet Theatre principals Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner and Sandra Brown, Ballet Mistress for Colorado Ballet.  Swan Lake features Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic score performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Due to the length of this ballet, it is recommended for 3rd grade students and older.  The total run time including two intermissions is 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Colorado Ballet’s 56th annual production of The Nutcracker will feature more than 300 costumes, 30 Company dancers, 25 Studio Company dancers, 65 Academy dancers, and timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  The Nutcracker features lavish costumes, exuberant dancing, whimsical battles, hypnotizing snow flurries, sumptuous sets, and a little bit of magic. The total run time with one intermission is 2 hours and 5 minutes.

The intermissions for both productions will feature live interviews with artistic staff and dancers for organizations participating in the live stream.
 
An elementary school class watches the live stream of ALICE (in wonderland) last season

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Colorado Ballet presents Swan Lake


 Colorado Ballet presents Swan Lake - video featuring Principal Chandra Kuykendall.

Swan Lake
October 7-23, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Colorado Ballet opens 56th season with Swan Lake

Colorado Ballet opens its 56th season with 11 performances of the romantic classic Swan Lake, October 7-23, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic score performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Swan Lake features the original choreography after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, set and updated by former American Ballet Theatre principals Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner and Sandra Brown, Ballet Mistress for Colorado Ballet.  Complete with grand sets and elaborate costumes, Colorado Ballet’s Swan Lake stays true to the traditional choreography, with an original waltz in the first act and a new fourth act that premiered in 2008.

“Presented in four acts with two intermissions, Colorado Ballet’s production has the traditional elements that die-hard Swan Lake lovers will enjoy, while adding a few new elements that premiered in 2008 to keep the choreography fresh and vibrant,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “For example, most versions of Swan Lake feature a fourth act, but this version features unique choreography in the fourth act that is absolutely brilliant.”

The ballet tells the story of Prince Siegfried, who falls in love with Odette, a beautiful princess cursed by the evil Baron Von Rothbart.  Unless the curse is broken by a royal marriage vow, Odette is doomed to forever spend her days as the Swan Queen.  The sorcerer and his daughter Odile, work together to destroy their romance in this classical ballet masterpiece.

According to Boggs, Swan Lake will feature some of the greatest acting audiences will see during a ballet performance, with the lead female dancers portraying both Odette, the princess turned into a swan, and Odile, the evil black swan.  “This feat is extremely challenging both psychologically and physically,” said Boggs.  “In addition to the stunning choreography, Colorado Ballet’s Swan Lake is huge in size and scope.  At one point during the ballet, we will have 27 swans on stage at the same time.  The grandeur of this ballet will leave you speechless and it cannot be missed.”

Ticket prices range from $30 to $155.  To purchase tickets, visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tracy Jones talks about her new piece, Circadian for Attitude on Santa Fe


This video features an interview with Colorado Ballet dancer Tracy Jones about her new ballet, Circadian, which will premiere at Attitude on Santa Fe.  The video also includes artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Circadian.

Attitude on Santa Fe will take place September 23 and 24 at the Colorado Ballet Black Box Theater.  Visit coloradoballet.org for more information.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Artists of Colorado Ballet Rehearse Pas de Trois from Swan Lake


Morgan Buchanan, Shelby Dyer and Francisco Estevez rehearse the Pas de Trois from Swan Lake.

Swan Lake
October 7-23, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Monday, August 15, 2016

Second season of Attitude on Santa Fe will showcase all new works choreographed by three Colorado Ballet dancers

Colorado Ballet’s second season of Attitude on Santa Fe will feature three new ballets choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet dancers on September 23 and 24 in the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO.  The September 23 Attitude will only include the performance and the September 24 Attitude will include a catered dinner that features a three course meal and wine prior to the performance.  The choreographers for the September Attitude on Santa Fe include Principal dancer Domenico Luciano, Soloist dancer Kevin GaĆ«l Thomas and Corps de Ballet dancer Tracy Jones.

"We are extremely excited to present the second season of Attitude on Santa Fe,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “The first season of Attitude was extremely successful and the audience response was overwhelmingly positive.  Patrons in the two sold out performances last season enjoyed watching new, innovative ballets created by emerging choreographers from within the Company in our Black Box Theater.  Due to the popularity of Attitude last season, we will offer two performances in September and two performances with different works in March this season.”

Luciano’s new work, Sirens highlights the power of women by featuring strong, Amazon-like warrior-princess characters.  The ballet includes seven women and three men exploring the partnering technique; but it is not just the men who partner in Luciano’s ballet.  The songs featured are “Placidetti Zefiretti” and “Alto Giove,” from the opera Polifemo.  A countertenor sings the music and according to Luciano, even though it is a male voice, it sounds very feminine, which reinforces the strong female theme and demonstrates that women can be just as strong as men.

Thomas’ new ballet is called Riviera and is an homage to the tragedy that occurred in Nice in July.  As a native of France, Thomas wanted to tell the story of young people traveling to the French Riviera.  The people first arrive by train, discover and explore the city, visit the beach by boat, and then visit the club.  The dancers wander the streets of Nice, then go to watch the fireworks on July 14, Bastille Day.  The atmosphere is joyous and festive, when all of a sudden a white truck makes its way to the Promenade de Anglais and drives through the panicked crowd.  “We all know the dramatic ending, but what we must remember is the solidarity and unity that came out of this tragedy,” said Thomas.  “This ballet is love and compassion to the ones who left us that night.”  The music is “Easy” by Son Lux, “Damas” by Fakear, “La Malinche” by Feu Chatterton and “Sarajevo” by Max Richter.

Jones’ new work is called Circadian and was inspired by three pieces of music; one by Max Richter and two by Philip Glass.  According to Jones, all three pieces have a very repetitive structure, which she interpreted as mirroring the passing of time.  Her ballet includes six dancers; three ladies and three men; and the dancers explore different groupings including duets, trios, solos, and using all six dancers together.  “You cannot control how quickly or slowly time goes,” said Jones.  “The ongoing rhythm consistently stays the same, however you can control how you as a human being move through time from day to day.  I am excited for the opportunity to share my first professional choreographic work with a new audience in September.”

“All of our Company members are given the opportunity to choreograph new works for Attitude and we are thrilled to present the first Attitude ballet choreographed by one of our female dancers,” said Boggs.  “Presenting new works in an intimate setting was one of our goals, along with the creation of new works, which will keep the art form alive.  These performances give our dancers the opportunity to explore their creativity through the creation of new choreography and additional performance opportunities outside of our main performance season.”

The doors will open at 7 p.m. on September 23 and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  The cost for the performance is $25.  For the September 24 event with dinner and the performance, doors open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $85.  Seating is limited for both events.  To register, visit www.coloradoballet.org/events.  

Colorado Ballet plans to host another Attitude on Santa Fe with different works in March 2017.