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Colorado Ballet 2011 - 2012 Season Full of Fantasy

Swan Lake
Swan Lake
Alle Birnbach

Get ready for another sell-out season of world class dance with Colorado Ballet. The company, in it's 51st season, will enchant audiences with four ballets between this fall and next spring - Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, and Tribute.

Those enchated (or in my case, disgusted by) the film, Black Swan, will have a chance to see what dance is really all about with the season's highlight, Swan Lake, running from October 7 - 23. Possibly the most technically demanding, and certainly one of the most dramatic of all classical ballets, Swan Lake will be an evening-length, four act performance. Set to Tchaikovsky’s intense and recognizable score, Swan Lake will be a treat for both ballet new-comers and old school balletomanes alike. Colorado Ballet has decided to mix a bit of old with the new for this piece; with choreography by the likes of both Marius Petipa and Amanda McKerrow. In 2008, Colorado Ballet presented this choreography to sold-out audiences.

The Nutcracker will follow Swan Lake starting in November, with performances until the end of December. Nothing kicks off the holidays better than Colorado Ballet's performance of this timeless Christmas tradition. It still holds the place of my personal favorite Nutcracker performance in Colorado.

In the springtime, Peter Pan will help us get out of our winter blues - with shows running from Feb. 25 - March 4. Those who were fans of Colorado Ballet's Dracula will be just as enchanted by Peter Pan; choreographer Michael Pink will add his pizazz to the piece. Featuring brand new costumes, scenery, and a lively original score by composer Philip Feeney (also of Dracula fame), this feature will be the perfect spring piece for children and adults alike. If it's anything like the magic Colorado Ballet produced in A Midsummer Night's Dream several years ago, I'll be going several times.

Tribute, running March 29 - April 1, will be quite an interesting piece. Featuring a line up of three pieces, all by female choreographers, Tribute, according to Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs, “pays homage to Colorado Ballet’s founders, the late Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker. These two women had the courage and dream to imagine world-class dance in Denver, and for that we owe them so much. This production is a testament to the vision of Lillian and Freidann and demonstrates the successes of female leaders and artists in ballet.”

For more information on Colorado Ballet's upcoming season, visit their website. Stay tuned to Denver Dance Examiner for upcoming performance reviews and previews as they occur.


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