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I have often written about the Tchaikovsky ballets, and every time I do, I state that there is a very good reason why these ballets are so popular. They are popular because they are some of the best ballets that have ever been written. The music is superb and the choreography is superb. Of course, any ballet company considers it de rigueur to perform The Nutcracker during the Christmas season, and the Colorado Ballet is no exception.
However, there is one thing that is an exception. That exception is simply that the Colorado Ballet is an extraordinary organization that produces some of the best performances in the country. I am certainly including the Colorado Ballet Orchestra in that pronouncement.
If you have yet to see this ballet, or if you have seen it 100 times, you simply have to go again. It is a mistake to take this work for granted, because there is always something new to be discovered no matter how many times you have seen it. In addition, and I have said this before, it is quite something to see how good the youngsters are, and therefore how good the Colorado Ballet Academy is, in putting 7,8, 9 and 10 year olds on stage. They aren’t just cute: they are good dancers for their age, and they have remarkable stage presence.
In the press release which I will quote below, Artistic Director Gil Boggs states that The Nutcracker is a family tradition. Of course, he is correct, but I would add that everybody in Colorado is fortunate to have a family tradition that includes artistic excellence because of the quality of the Colorado Ballet.
Below is the press release.
“DENVER – Colorado Ballet will light up the stage with The Nutcracker, November 24 through December 24, 2012 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. This holiday favorite features classic choreography by Marius Petipa paired with Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
“This year’s production marks the 52nd year that Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker has been a part of Colorado’s holiday celebration.
“‘A cornerstone of holiday performances and a family tradition, The Nutcracker is a must see for children and adults alike,’ said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. ‘First brought to life 120 years ago, this timeless story continues to transport audiences to an idyllic holiday world filled with sweets, presents and beautiful adventures.’
“The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters and dazzling costumes with scenery by José Varona. More than 90 students from the Colorado Ballet Academy will join Colorado Ballet’s professional company on stage as polichinelles, party children, soldiers, angels, and sugarplums.
“Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information for The Nutcracker:
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at 1 p.m.
“Ticket prices range from $28 to $154. To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.
“About Colorado Ballet:
“Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 52 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents approximately 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Outreach programs.”
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