Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Colorado Ballet presents Shakespearian classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Colorado Ballet opens its 54th season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, September 26-October 5, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The production features choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and a score by Felix Mendelssohn, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

“Join us for an enchanting presentation of Shakespeare’s classic, filled with mischief, romance and comedy,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “Between the festive costumes, majestic scenery, meddlesome fairies and the crisscrossed young lovers, this ballet is pure magic.  Adults and children will love this production.”

Wheeldon originally set A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Colorado Ballet in 1997 and the Company is bringing the production back this season.  The ballet features Oberon, King of the Fairies and his servant Puck as they take revenge on Oberon’s Queen Titania by making her fall in love with Bottom the Weaver, who has been transformed into a donkey.  Puck and Oberon also play love games with mortals Hermia, Demitrius, Helena and Lysander.  The ballet ends happily for the crisscrossed young lovers and for Oberon and his queen.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies because it deals with love, mischief and falling in love with a donkey,” said Boggs.  “Set in two worlds, the land of the fairies and the land of reality, the play translates very well into a ballet.  Fans of Shakespeare and fans of ballet will both love this production, especially with the added magic of an orchestra and a collaboration with the Colorado Children’s Chorale performing Mendelssohn’s fanciful score live.”

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2 p.m.
 
Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.
Artists of Colorado Ballet in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Photo by Terry Shapiro

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Colorado Ballet re-signs Artistic Director Gil Boggs to five year contract

Gil Boggs
Colorado Ballet’s Board of Trustees renewed Artistic Director Gil Boggs’s contract for an additional five years.  Boggs accepted the position of Artistic Director with Colorado Ballet in the spring of 2006.

“The Board last renewed his contract in 2009 and we have been so pleased with the artistic and financial success of Colorado Ballet under his leadership that we are honored to offer him an additional five years,” said Colorado Ballet Board Co-chairs Henny Lasley and Holly Baroway. “We look forward to another five years of continued excellence under his leadership.”

During Boggs’ tenure, Colorado Ballet has presented 14 world premieres and 12 Colorado Ballet premieres by choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Anthony Tudor, Val Caniparoli, Dwight Rhoden and Lynne Taylor-Corbett.  He has also restaged full-length productions of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote and Coppelia along with adding new full-length productions of Romeo & Juliet, Le Corsaire, Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan.  In addition, Colorado Ballet performed at the Gotham Dance Festival at The Joyce Theatre in New York City in June 2012 at the invitation of choreographer Jodie Gates. She chose two companies to show the span of her work, and Colorado Ballet performed her ballet Embellish.

“I am honored that the Board of Trustees has offered me a five year extension,” said Boggs.  “I am so proud of this Company and the quality of performances.  You don’t have to go to New York or San Francisco to see a great ballet, you can see it in Denver with Colorado Ballet.”

In addition to his artistic achievements, Boggs has also worked with the Board of Trustees to secure a new home for Colorado Ballet, which is slated to open next month after construction is complete.  The new 30,000 square foot dance training and rehearsal studio in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe will include eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios, improved amenities for the professional Company and Academy, and The Armstrong Theater, a black box theater for small performances and events.

“Professional ballet companies who have built and own their facilities see tremendous growth and we expect the new building to do the same for Colorado Ballet,” said Boggs.  “Our new home in the Arts District on Santa Fe is a wonderful statement that we are a viable organization with deep roots in the city of Denver.”

Financially, the organization continues to improve under Boggs’ leadership.  Last season, Colorado Ballet had the most successful performance season in the history of the organization, breaking both attendance and revenue records.

“More and more people are coming to see Colorado Ballet and it is because of Gil’s artistic leadership that the Company is able to present such a great variety of performances,” said Lasley and Baroway.  “During the last few years, Colorado Ballet has offered classical ballet masterpieces like Swan Lake and Giselle, family-friendly shows like Peter Pan and Cinderella, and innovative contemporary works like The Rite of Spring and Traveling Alone.  Colorado Ballet offers something for everyone to enjoy because of the diversity of Gil’s artistic choices.  We are looking forward to Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season and beyond.”
 
Boggs began his dance career with the Atlanta Ballet.  He joined American Ballet Theatre in New York in 1982 and was promoted to soloist dancer in 1984 and principal dancer in 1991.  Boggs was a member of the company for 17 years. He also performed with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends, and made several guest appearances around the world.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Colorado Ballet promotes two Soloists to Principals, adds six new Corps de Ballet dancers

Colorado Ballet promotes two of its Soloist dancers to Principals and adds six new Corps de Ballet dancers, for a total of 30 Company dancers.

Artistic Director Gil Boggs promoted Dana Benton and Domenico Luciano to Principals.

Benton is now in her 14th season with Colorado Ballet.  In 2001, she joined Colorado Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member and was promoted to Soloist in 2007.  Her notable roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Swanilda in Coppélia, Cow Girl in Rodeo, Ave Maria Pas de Deux, Clara and the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Gulnara in Le Corsaire, Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, Lucy in Dracula, Princess Florine and Diamond Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Peasant Pas in Giselle, Flower Girl and Cupid in Don Quixote, Hermia and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the featured role in Amy Seiwert’s Traveling Alone.

Luciano is in his second season with Colorado Ballet.  He joined Colorado Ballet as a Soloist during the 2013-2014 season after serving as a Principal dancer with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston.  His repertoire includes many of the classical principal leads including Romeo, Paris, and Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet, Solor in La Bayadere, The Prince in The Nutcracker, Albrecht in Giselle, Onegin in Onegin, and Don Jose in Carmen, as well as several contemporary works.

Colorado Ballet’s new Corps de Ballet dancers include: Joshua Allenback, Ariel Breitman, Emily Dixon, Oliveira Fernanda, Emily Speed and Melissa Zoebisch.

In addition to the new Corps de Ballet dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers will join the 30 professional Company dancers this season for the productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Colorado Ballet's Studio Company is a pre-professional training opportunity for dancers with the potential and desire to become professional dancers.

Colorado Ballet’s preview and repertory performance of An Evening Under the Stars will take place on August 16 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  The company will officially open the 2014-2015 season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream on September 26 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

Dana Benton

Domenico Luciano

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season in posters

Here is a quick preview of our upcoming 54th season in posters!  During the 2014-2015 season, Colorado Ballet will present A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracula, The Nutcracker, Ballet MasterWorks and Peter and the WolfClick here for more information about any of these upcoming productions.






Photos: Chandra Kuykendall, Domenico Luciano, Dana Benton, Maria Mosina, Kevin Gaël Thomas and Joshua Allenback, by Allen Birnbach

Monday, July 28, 2014

An Evening Under the Stars promotion ends August 1

Colorado Ballet's promotion for 20% covered seating to An Evening Under the Stars performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater ends on August 1.  To redeem the promotion, click here and type in the promo code BALLET before you select your seats.  This promo is only valid for covered seating and will not work for general admission lawn seating.
 
An Evening Under the Stars will include excerpts of Colorado Ballet’s upcoming fall productions A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dracula.  The production will also include other classical and contemporary works.  The evening will close with Sandra Brown’s The Last Beat, with music by DeVotchKa, which premiered in March.

Don't miss this great preview of Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season and other ballet excerpts!

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Last Beat"
By Sue Daniels Photography


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Single tickets are on sale now for Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Photo by Terry Shapiro
Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Dracula"
Photo by Terry Shapiro
Single tickets went on sale today for Colorado Ballet’s 54th season, which will include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula, The Nutcracker and Ballet MasterWorks at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Peter and the Wolf at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

The season opens with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, September 26-October 5, 2014.  This enchanting ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s classic is filled with mischief, romance and comedy.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream features choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and a musical score by Felix Mendelssohn, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

Back by popular demand, Colorado Ballet will present a spine-tingling Halloween presentation of Dracula, October 31-November 2, 2014Dracula features choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  The ballet inspired by Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror includes seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula.

The season continues with Colorado Ballet’s 54th annual production of The Nutcracker, November 29 through December 27, 2014The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, onstage blizzards, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  This enchanting holiday adventure will transport audiences to a magical world of awe and wonder.

Colorado Ballet presents Ballet MasterWorks, February 20-March 1, 2015.  This collection of works from the masters of music and dance will showcase the dancers’ artistry and athleticism, highlighted by powerful live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Ballet MasterWorks includes Concerto Barocco, by choreographer George Balanchine and music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein; and a work to be announced.  Colorado Ballet first performed a Ballet MasterWorks production in 2013.

The season closes with the children’s classic Peter and the Wolf, March 27-29, 2015Peter and the Wolf includes choreography by Michael Smuin and a musical score by Sergei Prokofiev.  This irresistible family adventure features familiar music, vibrant costumes, lively dancing and a spirited narration of the whimsical story that demonstrates true bravery and imagination.  The production will open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, choreographed by Clark Tippet and music by Max Bruch.

Single tickets and season subscriptions are on sale now.  Tickets range from $25 to $155.  Visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

In addition to the main season productions, the Arvada Center will present Colorado Ballet at An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 16, 2014 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  This performance will feature excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula and other classical and contemporary works.  For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Beware of ticket scammers!

With single tickets to Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season going on sale on Tuesday, July 15, we want to remind our patrons to beware of ticket scammers.  Colorado Ballet sells tickets on our own website, www.coloradoballet.org and through our partners at Altitude Tickets (formerly known as TicketHorse), www.altitudetickets.com.  We encourage patrons to only buy tickets through these two websites.  Occasionally, we will also sell tickets to select performances through Travelzoo and LivingSocial.
 
Colorado Ballet does not partner with or endorse other ticketing services and we cannot guarantee the quality of ticketing services through other ticketing vendors.  We have heard complaints from patrons who have purchased through other sites, especially when it comes to extra fees.  Please be aware that Colorado Ballet does not charge additional fees when you select the print at home option on our website.  So, a $25 ticket is only $25 through print at home.  (The only additional ticketing fees we charge are for mailed tickets, will call or exchanges.)

Here are the 2014-2015 ticket prices:
  • Pointe Circle - $155
  • Spotlight Circle - $120
  • A Seating - $90
  • B Seating - $75
  • C Seating - $50
  • D Seating - $25
If a ticketing vendor wants to charge you much higher prices for these tickets or add on exorbitant handling fees, be suspicious!  We want our patrons to have a great experience before and during performances, so don't be fooled by ticket scammers.

On Tuesday, click here to purchase single tickets.  We hope you enjoy Colorado Ballet this season!