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All of you readers must certainly know by now, that I think that the Colorado Ballet is one of the finest ballet companies in the United States, and I can promise you that I have seen quite a few. Beginning Friday, February 24, this marvelous ballet company will begin performances of Peter Pan. The ballet has been choreographed by Michael Pink, one of the finest choreographers in the United States. The music has been composed by Philip Feeney. Mr. Feeney lives in England, but if he were a resident of this country, you would see United States written again for the third time.
Feeney and Pink have worked together before, and, of course, the ballet that comes to mind immediately is Dracula, which I reviewed from the Colorado ballet performed it in October of 2010. Those of you who saw that production, should be ready to buy tickets for the performance of Peter Pan. Michael Pink, to my way of thinking, will soon replace the late Merce Cunningham as one of the most vibrant and exciting choreographers in this country. I have excerpted bio statements from their respective bios below:
“[Choreographer] Michael Pink began his tenure as Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Ballet Company in December of 2002. Since that time, he has established himself as a prominent member of the Milwaukee arts community, demonstrating his commitment to the future of dance through education and collaboration. Mr. Pink’s dramatic production of Romeo & Juliet took narrative dance drama to a new level of interpretation. His new productions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake both received critical acclaim. Other works for the Milwaukee Ballet include Solstice and The Red Dress.”
The score for Dracula was composed by Philip Feeney. “Philip Feeney studied composition at the University of Cambridge with Robin Holloway and Hugh Wood, and at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Franco Donatoni. His works have been performed extensively throughout Europe, and he is most noted for his work in ballet and dance. After a period as pianist/composer for the Teatrodanza di Roma from 1980 to 1984, he returned to London and has been Composer in Residence for the Central School of Ballet and Musical Director for their national tour ever since. It was for Christopher Gable and Michael Pink that, in 1996, he wrote the highly acclaimed score for Dracula.”
The combination of Michael Pink and Philip Feeney is outstanding, and I encourage everyone to attend performance, even if you have never attended a ballet. You do not want to miss it.
Below is the performance schedule.
Performance Schedule for Peter Pan
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 @ 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 @ 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 @ 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 2, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2012 @ 2 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 4, 2012 @ 2 p.m.
Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 @ 6:30 p.m.
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