Thursday, February 4, 2016

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Caterpillar in ALICE (in wonderland)



Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Caterpillar from ALICE (in wonderland).



PwC Presents

ALICE (in wonderland)

February 19-28, 2016

Ellie Caulkins Opera House

With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra

Choreography by Septime Webre

Music by Matthew Pierce

http://coloradoballet.org

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sharon Wehner and Domenico Luciano rehearse Cheshire Cat from ALICE (in wonderland)



Principal dancers Sharon Wehner and Domenico Luciano rehearse Cheshire Cat from ALICE (in wonderland).

PwC Presents
ALICE (in wonderland)

February 19-28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Fall down the rabbit hole and join Colorado Ballet on an adventure for the Colorado premiere of a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s books.  Experience a whimsical (wonder)land with beloved, eccentric characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and other exotic creatures as young Alice escapes the clutches of the wicked Queen of Hearts.  Featuring choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, this ballet will charm adults and children in a theatrical extravaganza!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Attitude on Santa Fe on February 6 is completely sold out

Colorado Ballet's Attitude on Santa Fe performance on February 6 in the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance is completely sold out.  This is the 2nd Attitude performance that the Company has performed, with the first one occurring in September 2015. 
 
Attitude features three works choreographed by three artists of Colorado Ballet and performed by Colorado Ballet Company and Studio Company dancers.  The February 6 performance will feature works choreographed by principal dancers Yosvani Ramos and Domenico Luciano, as well as Colorado Ballet Academy teacher Carolina Pahde-Mallarino.
  
Principal dancer Domenico Luciano’s new work, Attraversiamo will feature two pieces of music, “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber and “Pavane for Dead Princess” by Maurice Ravel.  Principal dancer Yosvani Ramos choreographed Divertimento Pour Six for English National Ballet's Choreographic Workshop in 2002.  The music includes excerpts from “Faust” by Charles Gounod.  Academy instructor and Colombian artist Carolina Pahde-Mallarino’s new ballet with(in)me is set to "Ode to Joy" from the fourth movement of Beethoven's “9th Symphony.”

Stay tuned for the next Attitude on Santa Fe performance early in the 2016-2017 season.
Choreographer Domenico Luciano works with dancers Chandra Kuykendall and Luis Valdes

Monday, January 25, 2016

Colorado Ballet seeks schools for free live streaming of ALICE (in wonderland) performance on February 18

Colorado Ballet seeks schools and educational organizations throughout Colorado and out-of-state to participate in a free remote live stream of its student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland) at 10:30 a.m. on February 18.
 
“The in-person student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland) has been sold out since before the 2015-2016 season began, but students and teachers are still welcome to participate through the live stream,” said Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education.  “Students who would otherwise be unable to see ALICE will have the opportunity to experience a live ballet performance with costumes, sets and a live orchestra.  Plus, this production follows Lewis Carroll’s classic book very closely, so students will learn a lot while watching the production.”
 
This is the third 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 in October and its second live stream during the student matinee of The Nutcracker in December.  More than 100 sites from 10 Colorado cities and 27 states streamed The Nutcracker student matinee performance.  In addition, students in England, Ireland, Ecuador, Greece, Italy and China also participated in the live stream event.  The majority of the sites were schools, but four hospitals including Denver Health also participated.
 
“The response we have received on the live streaming of our student matinee series has been incredible,” said Hyde.  “We heard back from so many teachers after The Nutcracker live stream and the students were mesmerized by the dancing and music.  One teacher who works in a dual-language school said it was incredible that we offered a performance that could be understood in any language.  That is what we hope to accomplish with this series; impacting students from all over Colorado and the U.S. through the power of dance.”
 
Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” with characters from “Through the Looking-Glass,” ALICE (in wonderland) includes choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  ALICE first premiered with The Washington Ballet in 2012.  The total runtime of the production including the intermission is 2 hours and 5 minutes.  The 20 minute intermission will feature live interviews with artistic staff and dancers for schools participating in the live stream.
 
Interested schools can contact Hyde at samantha.hyde@coloradoballet.org for more information, including technical requirements.
Students participate in live stream of "The Nutcracker" in December 2015

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) conference is this week!

By Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education

Get ready for an incredible night - seven of the nation's top dance companies! Can you imagine Lula Washington Dance Theatre, followed by local Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and with a finale of the unforgettable Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre? This Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.--this will be your experience!  The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) is bringing these companies to Denver as a part of their annual conference.
 
The conference begins Wednesday and runs until Sunday of this week--filled with workshops, panels and outstanding performances. The annual IABD conference is primarily for high school students in dance programs and emerging young artists/professional dancers. It is an incredible time for these students and artists to be engulfed in both the history and current trends of Black dance.
 
Colorado Ballet jumped at the opportunity to be involved in this exciting weekend! For the first time in 28 years, the IABD conference is also holding a ballet audition for women of color. Several of the nation's top ballet companies will be present and Colorado Ballet is thrilled to represent the state of Colorado in a truly national audition. You can find more information on the audition, including registration here: www.iabdassociation.org/ballet-audition.
 
You can learn more about the workshops, panels and performances here: www.iabdassociation.org/conference-festival-information-and-tickets. Do not miss this opportunity to witness history and look into the future of dance in this country!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2nd Attitude on Santa Fe will take place on February 6

Colorado Ballet will host the second Attitude on Santa Fe at 6 p.m. on February 6, 2016 in the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO.  The performance will include three ballets choreographed by two Colorado Ballet dancers and one Colorado Ballet Academy teacher, performed by Colorado Ballet Company and Studio Company dancers.  The event will also include a three course meal and wine prior to the performance.
  
Principal dancer Domenico Luciano’s new work, Attraversiamo will feature two pieces of music, “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber and “Pavane for Dead Princess” by Maurice Ravel.  According to Luciano, while creating the new ballet, he selected specific dancers because he wanted their artistic input.  He had a basic idea in the beginning of his choreographic process and wanted the dancers to naturally contribute to the message he was trying to express in the work.  He said that he paired every couple together for a specific reason because he knows the dancers so well and he knew how they would interact with each other, which was a big part of each piece.  The theme of his ballet is a brief look on the dynamics between people; not all of it is smooth, much like relationships during a person’s life.
  
Principal dancer Yosvani Ramos choreographed Divertimento Pour Six for English National Ballet's Choreographic Workshop in 2002 and for the first time, Colorado Ballet’s dancers will perform the ballet during Attitude on Santa Fe.  The music includes excerpts from “Faust” by Charles Gounod and the costumes are by Suzi Skelton.  Divertimento Pour Six is one of seven ballets that Ramos choreographed during the nine years he spent as a dancer at English National Ballet.  Ramos said that he is excited to be redoing the ballet for Colorado Ballet’s dancers.  The ballet has no theme, but according to Ramos, it is fun, classical work that showcases the dancers performing in it.
  
Academy instructor and Colombian artist Carolina Pahde-Mallarino has spent the past 15 years of her professional life exploring the idea of “the influence of cultural identity in the creation of art.”  Her new ballet with(in)me is set to "Ode to Joy" from the fourth movement of Beethoven's “9th Symphony.”  Inspired by the text of F. Schiller’s poem from which the words of the symphony are taken, Pahde-Mallarino expanded her idea of cultural identity to that of identity as a whole.  By working with the dancers on questions such as: “Who are you?  What makes you who you are? and how are you different from everyone else?” she takes the dancers on a journey to discover their own humanity.  She starts the ballet by showing the most outer layer of the performers being, then, little by little, through the use of various dance techniques including classical ballet, contemporary and modern, she introduces new movement ideas.  Through these techniques, she reveals other layers beneath the surface until, finally, at the end of the ballet, all that is left is what she calls “original movement,” or movement extracted from the things that make each of these individuals uniquely human.
  
Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.  The cost including the dinner, wine and performance is $75 and seating is limited.  Performance-only tickets are also available for $25.  To register, visit www.coloradoballet.org/events.
  
Colorado Ballet hosted another Attitude on Santa Fe event with different works by Colorado Ballet’s dancers in September 2015.  The event was sold out.
 
Click here to watch a rehearsal from the September 2015 Attitude on Santa Fe:

Monday, January 11, 2016

Colorado Ballet presents ALICE (in wonderland)



Fall down the rabbit hole and join Colorado Ballet on an adventure for the Colorado premiere of a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s books.  Experience a whimsical (wonder)land with beloved, eccentric characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and other exotic creatures as young Alice escapes the clutches of the wicked Queen of Hearts.  Featuring choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, this ballet will charm adults and children in a theatrical extravaganza!

PwC Presents
ALICE (in wonderland)
February 19-28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org