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Colorado Ballet announces 2014-15 season; includes Dracula for Halloween

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Today Colorado Ballet announced its lineup for the 2014-2015 season which features classical ballet as well as contemporary pieces.

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will open the season September 26-October 5, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. This enchanting ballet is filled with mischief, romance and comedy. Christopher Wheeldon, who has won numerous awards and has been featured in films, will choreograph and Felix Mendelssohn's score will be performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

“Between the festive costumes, majestic scenery, comical woodland fairies and the quarrelling Athenian lovers, this ballet is just pure magic,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet's artistic director.

A special Halloween performance of Dracula will open October 31 and run through November 2, 2014 at The Ellie. Choreographed by aggressive stylist Michael Pink, the horror classic includes music by Philip Feeney performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“Portrayed through dance, Dracula will reveal passion, seduction and elegance in a way that the book cannot," said Boggs. "Our audience requests this production over and over again, and we cannot wait to perform Dracula during Halloween weekend.”

The Nutcracker, Colorado's favorite holiday tradition, will be November 29-December 27, 2014 at The Ellie. “Celebration, gift giving, comical battles, onstage blizzards, romance and holiday dreams are just a few highlights of this dazzling production,” said Boggs.

Colorado Ballet will present Ballet MasterWorks, February 20-March 1, 2015 at The Ellie. This is a new collection of three innovative ballets with live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Ballet MasterWorks will open with "Concerto Barocco" by choreographer George Balanchine. This rhythmic and spirited piece will feature a score by composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The second work will be "Fancy Free," choreographed by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein. This comical and romantic ballet features three sailors attempting to pick up three girls while on shore leave in New York. Ballet MasterWorks will also include a new work.

“When we performed the first Ballet MasterWorks to works by Balanchine, Val Caniparoli and Glen Tetley last spring, we really pushed our dancers and musicians," said Boggs. "Our performers have tremendous talent, and that is why it was so important to me to present another collection of challenging works like this again. You don’t need to go to New York or San Francisco to see ballet of this caliber, you can see it right here in Denver with Colorado Ballet.”

Colorado Ballet will close out its season with the children’s classic, Peter and the Wolf, March 27-29, 2015 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Peter and the Wolf is choreographed by award-winning Michael Smuin. This witty and musical folk tale includes a musical score by Sergei Prokofiev and will open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, choreographed by Clark Tippet featuring a vibrant violin ensemble composed by Max Bruch.

Peter and the Wolf is perfect for families and anyone who enjoys a childhood classic,” said Boggs. “Several themes are expressed in this ballet including bravery and imagination. This is the perfect production for the entire family.”

Season subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets will be on sale July 15. Visit www.ColoradoBallet.org for details.

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