|Previous names||Colorado Concert Ballet|
|Founders||Freidann Parker and Lillian Covillo|
|Principal venue||Ellie Caulkins Opera House|
|Artistic Director||Gil Boggs|
|Ballet Mistress||Sandra Brown and Lorita Travaglia|
|Music Director||Adam Flatt|
|Orchestra||Colorado Ballet Orchestra|
|Official school||Colorado Ballet Academy|
|Associated schools||Colorado Ballet Academy|
Colorado Ballet encompasses a 30 member professional performing ballet company, a studio company for advanced dance students, an Academy, and an education and outreach department. Based in downtown Denver, Colorado, Colorado Ballet serves more than 100,000 patrons each year.
The professional company performs primarily at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex and one show each year at the Robert and Judi Newman Center for Performing Arts at the University of Denver. Colorado Ballet performs classical ballets and contemporary works. The Colorado Ballet Orchestra performs with the Company at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, either at three or four productions a year.
With an annual operating budget exceeding $6.6 million, the company is the single largest presenter of dance in the Rocky Mountain region, employing more than 150 people on either a full-time or part-time basis during the year.
Colorado Ballet received the 2009 Colorado Masterpieces Award. As part of the award, Colorado Ballet toured Colorado in the 2009–2010 season as a part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius initiative, funded by the Colorado Council on the Arts.
During the 2010-2011, Colorado Ballet celebrated its 50th anniversary.
In 2013, Colorado Ballet purchased a building in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe. The company moved to its new location in August 2014.
- 1 History
- 2 Artistic leaders
- 3 Dancers
- 4 2015–2016 season
- 5 2014–2015 season
- 6 2013–2014 season
- 7 2012–2013 season
- 8 2011–2012 season
- 9 2010–2011 season
- 10 2009–2010 season
- 11 Repertoire
- 12 Academy
- 13 Education and outreach
- 14 References
- 15 External links
In 1961, Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker established Colorado Concert Ballet to showcase talented students they had been teaching at their ballet school. Their first production, The Nutcracker, played to sold-out houses in Denver's Bonfils Theatre. By 1978, Colorado Concert Ballet employed 16 men and women, and had achieved full professional status. The board increased the annual budget to $100,000 and refined the company’s name. In doing so, Colorado Ballet was born. In 1987 Parker and Covillo conducted a nationwide search, at their own expense, for a new artistic director. With their choice of Martin Fredmann, they changed the course of Colorado Ballet.
In the late 1980s, a lagging economy in Denver forced Colorado Ballet to look at an emerging national trend among dance companies and as a result entered into an alliance with Tampa Ballet. Through shared expenses, the alliance enabled the companies to develop an excellent artistic product with reduced financial risk. By 1990, Colorado Ballet achieved greater financial stability and community recognition, so the alliance was discontinued to better enable future growth of the Denver company. The decision reestablished Colorado Ballet as a resident company.
For eighteen years, the company grew to a well-respected regional ballet company recognized for its broad ranging repertoire. In March 2006, Gil Boggs, former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, was hired as the new artistic director.
In June 2012, Colorado Ballet performed at the Gotham Dance Festival at The Joyce Theater in New York City, NY.
The artistic leadership of the Colorado Ballet includes (as of 2014-2015 season):
Ballet Mistresses: Lorita Travaglia, Sandra Brown
Music Director/Principal Conductor: Adam Flatt
Associate Conductor: Catherine Sailer
Company Pianist: Natalia Arefieva
Academy Director: Valerie Madonia
Colorado Ballet consists of 30 professional dancers from around the world (as of 2015-2016 season):
- Dana Benton
- Chandra Kuykendall
- Domenico Luciano
- Maria Mosina
- Yosvani Ramos
- Alexei Tyukov
- Sharon Wehner
- Shelby Dyer
- Francisco Estevez
- Asuka Sasaki
Corps de Ballet
- Joshua Allenback
- Ariel Breitman
- Morgan Buchanan
- Mackenzie Dessens
- Megan Dillon
- Emily Dixon
- Kevin Hale
- Tracy Jones
- Bryce Lee
- Christophor Moulton
- Sean Omandam
- Krisine Padgett
- Alexandra Pullen
- Emily Speed
- Kevin Gael Thomas
- Sarah Tryon
- Luis Valdes
- Kevin Wilson
- Ben Winegar
- Melissa Zoebisch
The Studio Company is a pre-professional training program; members are selected by audition. The program is designed to offer young dancers training and experience working with the professional company.
Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season will open on October 2, 2015.
Ballet Director's Choice (includes The Angel of Buenos Aires by Lorita Travaglia, Wolfgang by Dominic Walsh and a third contemporary work)
Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season opened on September 26, 2014.
Ballet MasterWorks (includes Concerto Barocco choreographed by George Balanchine, music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Fancy Free (ballet) choreographed by Jerome Robbins, music by Leonard Bernstein; and a new work)
Director's Choice (Traveling Alone choreographed by Amy Seiwert; Edwaard Liang’s Feast of the Gods; and a new work)
Ballet MasterWorks (includes Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with choreography by Glen Tetley, George Balanchine's Theme and Variations with music by P.I. Tchaikovsky, and a new work by Val Caniparoli of San Francisco Ballet
Swan Lake (choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, music by P.I. Tchaikovsky)
The Nutcracker (music by P.I. Tchaikovsky)
Peter Pan (choreography by Michael Pink, music by Philip Feeney)
Tribute (choreography by Emery LeCrone, Jodie Gates and Amy Seiwert)
Anniversary Triple Bill (Feast of the Gods - choreography by Edwaard Liang, “…smile with my heart” - choreography by Lar Lubovitch and The Faraway - choreography by Matthew Neenan)
Dracula (choreography by Michael Pink, music by Philip Feeney)
The Nutcracker (music by P.I. Tchaikovsky)
Romeo and Juliet (choreography by Alun Jones)
Great Galloping Gottschalk (choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk)
Rodeo (choreographed by Agnes DeMille, music by A. Copland)
Don Quixote (choreographed by Marius Petipa, music by Ludwig Minkus)
The Nutcracker (music by P.I. Tchaikovsky)
Beauty and the Beast (choreographed by Domy Reiter-Soffer, music by Seen-yee Lam)
Echoing of Trumpets (choreographed by Antony Tudor)
Celts (choreographed by Lila York)
Since 1961, The Nutcracker has been in the Colorado Ballet's repertoire every holiday season. Although primarily a classical ballet company, the Company's repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary ballets.
|"...smile with my heart"||L. Lubovitch||M. Laird (Fantasie on Themes by R. Rodgers)|
|Afternoon of a Faun||V. Nijinsky, staged by I. Youskevitch||C. Debussy|
|Among Silken Cords||L. Wymmer||W.A. Mozart|
|Apollo||G. Balanchine, staged by P.Neary||I. Stravinsky|
|Appalachian Spring||M. Graham, staged by T. Capuccilli, J. Herring, J. Eibler||A. Copland|
|Archetypes||E. LeCrone||T. Riley|
|Ave Maria||D. Rhoden||Giulio Caccini, vocals by Kagen Paley|
|A Little Love||M. Fredmann||Songs sung by Nina Simone|
|Beauty and the Beast||M. Fredmann||M. Ravel|
|Billy the Kid||E. Loring, staged by H. Sayette||A. Copland|
|Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1||C. Tippet||M. Bruch|
|Buffalo Bill's Saloon||A. Erb||R. Jarboe, performed by Tim and Molly O'Brien|
|Carmina Burana||G. Gonzales, P. Renzetti, J. Wallace||C. Orff|
|Celts||L. York||Traditional Irish music|
|Centennial Suite||M. Fredmann||R. Thompson|
|Cinderella (3 Acts)||M. Fredmann||S. Prokofiev|
|Company B||P. Taylor, staged by R. Andrien||Songs recorded by The Andrews Sisters|
|Concerto Barocco||G. Balanchine, staged by P. Neary||J.S. Bach|
|Configurations||C. Goh, staged by J. Schergen||S. Barber|
|Coppélia||M. Fredmann||L. Delibes|
|Cry and Silence||M. Murdmaa||K. Sink|
|Diana and Actaeon (pas de deux)||A. Vaganova||C. Pugni|
|De Profundis||J. Lang||Arvo Pärt|
|Don Quixote (3 Acts)||M. Petipa/ A. Gorsky||L. Minkus|
|Dracula||M. Pink||P. Feeney|
|Dreamspace||M. Fredmann||G. Mahler, W. Piston, H. Hanson, C. Ives, S. Coleridge-Taylor, A. Hovhaness|
|The Dying Swan||M. Fokine, staged by N. Krassovska||C. Saint-Saens|
|Earth Tribe||R. Harris||D. Ross; Romanthony|
|Echoing of Trumpets||A. Tudor||B. Martinu|
|Elysium||T. Korobeynikova||Meredith Monk and Kronos Quartet|
|Embellish||Jodie Gates||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
|Façade||F. Ashton, staged by A. Grant||W. Walton|
|Feast of the Gods||E. Liang||O. Respighi|
|Flames of Paris (solo)||J. Lang||R. Schumann|
|Giselle (2 Acts)||J. Perrot/J. Coralli, staged by Gil Boggs||A. Adam|
|Great Galloping Gottschalk||Lynne Taylor-Corbett, staged by Jeff Gribler||Louis Moreau Gottschalk|
|The Hunchback of Notre Dame||T. Ishida||C. Pugni|
|The Hunchback of Notre Dame||M. Pink||P. Feeney|
|In the Upper Room||T. Tharp, staged by S. Washington||P. Glass|
|Inversion||J. Wallace||S. Barber|
|JamNation||D. McKayle||C. Dobrian, K. Akagi, L. Armstrong, C. Parker, D. Ellington, A.C. Jobin, D. Reinhart, S. Grapelli, J. Johnson|
|La Bayadere (Act II)||M. Petipa, staged by M. Stavitskaya||L. Minkus|
|Land Beyond Horizons||H. Garza||T. Bell|
|La Sylphide||A. Bournonville, staged by Z. Dubrovskaya, S. Kozadeyev||H. Lovenskjold|
|La Vivandiere||A. Saint-Leon, staged by P. Renzetti||C. Pugni|
|Le Beau Danube||L. Massine, staged by G. Verdak||J. Strauss II|
|Le Spectre de la Rose||M. Fokine, staged by T. Armour||C. Von Weber|
|Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project||Stephen Mills||Steve Reich (Tehillim), Evelyn Glennie (Rhythm Song), Michael Gordon (Weather), Arvo Pärt (Tabula Rasa), Philip Glass (Tirol Concerto)|
|Masquerade Suite||M. Fredmann||A. Khatchaturian|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||C. Wheeldon||F. Mendlessohn|
|Miraculous Mandarin||S. Kozadayev||B. Bartok|
|Mon Dieu (solo)||M. Fredmann||Sung by Edith Piaf|
|Nine Sinatra Songs||T. Tharp, staged by S. Washington||Songs recorded by F. Sinatra|
|The Nutcracker (2 Acts)||M. Fredmann||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Of Blessed Memory||S. Welch||J. Cantaloube|
|Picture of Sedalia||P. Pucci||S. Joplin|
|Peter Pan||G. Conzales/ A. Thompson||L. Delibes|
|Peter Pan||Michael Pink||P. Feeney|
|Pounds and Stomps||D. Varone||Songs by the Yardbirds|
|Rachmaninov Second||K. Uralsky||S. Rachmaninov|
|Raymonda (Act III)||M. Petipa, staged by M. Stavitskaya||A. Glazunov|
|Ricordanza||M. Fredmann||F. Liszt|
|The Rite of Spring||Glen Tetley||Igor Stravinsky|
|Talisman (pas de deux)||M. Petipa||R. Drigo|
|Theme and Variations||George Balanchine||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Things Left Unsaid||A. Seiwert||F. Mendelson|
|The River||A. Ailey, staged by M. Chaya||D. Ellington|
|Rodeo||A. de Mille, staged by P. Sutherland||A. Copland|
|Romeo & Juliet (3 Acts)||M. Fredmann||S. Prokofiev|
|Rubies||G. Balanchine, staged by B. Cook||I. Stravinsky|
|Sachertorte||M. Fredmann||Strauss Family|
|Second Exposure||D. Grand Moultrie||R. Romaneiro|
|Serenade||G. Balanchine, staged by P. Neary||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Silent Woods (pas de deux)||M. Fredmann||A. Dvorak|
|The Sleeping Beauty||Marius Petipa, staged by M. Daukayev, J. Labsan||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Size Nine Spirit||P. Pucci||B. Goodman|
|Soul of Porcelain||O. Messina||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Stars and Stripes||G. Balanchine, staged by B. Cook||J.P. Sousa|
|Swan Lake (4 Acts)||M. Petipa/L. Ivanov, staged by S. Kozadayev, Z. Dubroskaya, A. McKerrow, & J. Gardner||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Traveling Alone||A. Seiwert||M. Richter|
|Theme and Variations||G. Balanchine, staged by P. Neary||P.I. Tchaikovsky|
|Troy Game||R. North, staged by J. Moss||B. Downes|
|Vital Sensations||D. Moultrie||Puente, Sidestepper, R. Size/ Reprazent|
|Western Symphony||G. Balanchine, staged by B. Cook||H. Kay|
|When the Lad for Longing Sighs||M. Fredmann, J. Levinson||G. Butterworth|
|Where the Wild Things Are||S. Webre||R. Woolf|
|Who Cares?||G. Balanchine, staged by J. Fugate||G. Gershwin|
|Wingborne||L. Houlton||A. Dvorak|
|Winter Moons||P. Tate||J. Tate|
|Without Words||T. Shimazaki||T. Kako, R. Eno, L.M. Gottschalk, F. Mendlessohn|
|Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet||P. Anastos||F. Chopin|
Colorado Ballet Academy provides training to students age 3 through adult, beginner through professional. The Academy offers a children’s program, pre-professional trainee program and adult and teen open program.
The children's program includes various dance classes for ages two to 10 in creative movement, ballet, tap and more. Students in the children’s program study a variety of dance concepts while working on spatial awareness, problems solving and strengthening the body and brain. Students must be invited to join the pre-professional trainee program and must meet the minimum standards regarding pointe work (for girls) and the physicality generally considered necessary for professional success in classical ballet. In addition to the children’s classes and the pre-professional classes, the Academy offers an adult and teen open program for ages 18 and up, with classes for various skill levels in ballet, tap and modern dance.
Education and outreach
Colorado Ballet's Department of Education & Outreach serves in-need students, teachers, families, people with disabilities and lifelong learners in Colorado. In its 12 years, Education & Outreach has made over 600,000 contacts with individuals in more than 23 Colorado counties.
Education & Outreach Includes:
- After School Programs
- In-School Performances
- Student and Community Performances
- Study Materials and Activity Guides
- Adult Education
- Educator Appreciation and Professional Development
Be Beautiful Be Yourself - Based on Boston Ballet’s “Adaptive Dance” program and supported by the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance program provides 10 weekly dance classes to ten 5-9 year-old-children with Down syndrome.
5 x 5 Project - The 5 X 5 Project is the Mayor's Office for Education and Children's program designed to offer Head Start families opportunities to give their children five cultural experiences by the age of five. Colorado Ballet has been a partnering organization in this program for four years.
Dance Renaissance - Dance Renaissance is an after school residency that lasts 10–15 weeks, classes focus on creative movement and ballet. The students study a variety of dance concepts while working on spatial awareness, problem solving, and strengthening the body and brain. The program culminates with a performance for the parents, school, and community.
Rhythm and Grace - Rhythm & Grace is an adaptation of the nationally recognized Dance for PD® model created by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. This national model is offered in more than 40 communities in the U.S. and Europe. The Parkinson Association of the Rockies is the first Parkinson’s-oriented Colorado organization to bring this dance-focused method of physical therapy to the Denver community. Since its inception in September 2011, approximately 50 individuals with Parkinson’s disease have participated in the program.
School workshops, assemblies and field trips - Colorado Ballet's education and outreach department offers school workshops and assemblies teaching students about dance. In addition, the department offers students discounted tickets to the professional Company's final dress rehearsal for selected shows each season.
- Colorado Council of the Arts Press Release
- Denver Post - Colorado Ballet's new home, sunny and full of possibilities
- "Colorado Ballet History".
- "Dancers". Colorado Ballet. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
- "Colorado Ballet Announces 2015-2016 Season".
- "Colorado Ballet Announces 2014-2015 Season, adds special Halloween production".
- "Colorado Ballet Repertoire". Retrieved 13 April 2012.