Friday, January 30, 2015

Interview with Sharon Wehner about "Ballet MasterWorks" - Part I



This is the first part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Sharon Wehner about In Pieces, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing In Pieces as well as performance footage from 2013.

Ballet MasterWorks

Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
www.coloradoballet.org

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A closer seat to Ballet MasterWorks

Colorado Ballet has closed the balcony and loge levels of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and moved all of the ticketing levels closer to the stage for its upcoming production of Ballet MasterWorks.  This means that you can sit in the mezzanine or parterre for the same price that you would normally pay for in the balcony or loge.  You will be closer to the orchestra and the dancers for this production!
 
Ballet MasterWorks will showcase our dancers' artistry and athleticism and feature powerful live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Ballet MasterWorks includes Concerto Barocco, by choreographer George Balanchine and music by Johann Sebastian Bach; In Pieces, choreographed by Val Caniparoli with music by Poul Ruders; and Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins with original score composed for the ballet by Leonard Bernstein.

Seat map for the Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Colorado Ballet will present Ballet MasterWorks, February 20-March 1, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  For more information, visit coloradoballet.org/performances/ballet-masterworks.
  
Please note: Colorado Ballet will reopen the loge and balcony in select performances if other ticketing levels sell out.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse "Fancy Free"


This video features Kevin Gaƫl Thomas, Jesse Marks, Francisco Estevez, Shelby Dyer, Tracy Jones and Emily Dixon rehearsing Fancy Free, one of the ballets featured in Ballet MasterWorks.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra

For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ballet MasterWorks: About Fancy Free

Colorado Ballet's upcoming Ballet MasterWorks will feature three works by the masters of music and dance.  Here is a little more information about the third work, Fancy Free.
  
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Music: Leonard Bernstein
 
Choreographer for All
Not only did Jerome Robbins choreograph more than 60 ballets, he also created choreography for theater, movies and television.
 
Fun and Romantic Ballet
Fancy Free is a comical ballet set during World War II that features three sailors on leave in New York City.
 
Top American Composer
Leonard Bernstein's first ballet composition was Fancy Free. He went on to compose for operas, musicals and films such as "West Side Story." Colorado Ballet is honored to perform this piece of music by the American music legend.
  
For more information, visit coloradoballet.org/performances/ballet-masterworks.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in promotional photo for "Fancy Free"
By Allen Birnbach

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ballet MasterWorks: About In Pieces

Colorado Ballet's upcoming Ballet MasterWorks will feature three works by the masters of music and dance.  Here is a little more information about the second work, In Pieces.
 
Choreography: Val Caniparoli
Music: Poul Ruders

Back by Popular Demand
Making a triumphant return, In Pieces made its world premiere with Colorado Ballet in 2013. When it premiered at Ballet MasterWorks two years ago, it received rave reviews.

Popular Choreographer
Contributing to the repertories of more than 35 dance companies, San Francisco Ballet choreographer Val Caniparoli is one of the most sought after choreographers in the United States and abroad.

Concerto
Poul Ruders’ Concerto in Pieces features 65 musicians in the orchestra playing his composition.
  
For more information, visit coloradoballet.org/performances/ballet-masterworks.

Artists of Colorado Ballet perform "In Pieces"
By Mike Watson

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ballet MasterWorks: About Concerto Barocco

Colorado Ballet's upcoming Ballet MasterWorks will feature three works by the masters of music and dance.  Here is a little more information about the first work, Concerto Barocco.

Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

A Legendary Pairing
This piece pairs two of the greatest in their art forms, with choreography by George Balanchine and music by Bach, in one tremendous production!
 
Man Behind the Dance
George Balanchine is widely regarded as the foremost neo-classical choreographer in the world of ballet and has been credited for the successful fusion of contemporary concepts with older ideas of classical ballet.
 
One with the Music
According to Balanchine, the ballerinas in Concerto Barocco personify the violins in Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins.
 
For more information, visit coloradoballet.org/performances/ballet-masterworks.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Interview with "In Pieces" choreographer Val Caniparoli


This is an interview with "In Pieces" choreographer Val Caniparoli that took place before Colorado Ballet's world premiere of the ballet as part of "Ballet MasterWorks" in 2013.
 
Colorado Ballet will present the triumphant return of "In Pieces" with George Balanchine's "Concerto Barocco" and Jerome Robbins' "Fancy Free" in "Ballet MasterWorks," February 20-March 1, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org.

This video features performance clips of artists of Colorado Ballet performing "In Pieces" in 2013.