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The Colorado Ballet will perform at the Newman Center and in New York City

The Colorado Ballet will present Tribute, a mixed-bill production of three contemporary world premieres by three innovative female choreographers March 29 through April 1, 2012 at the Newman Center at the University of Denver.   The choreographers premiering their works in this production include Emery LeCrone, Archetypes; Jodie Gates, Embellish; and Amy Seiwert, Traveling Alone.  Tribute honors Colorado Ballet’s founders, Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker.   “I am especially proud of this production as it pays homage to Colorado Ballet’s founders, Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “These two women had the imagination and courage to create 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.”   At 25, LeCrone has created several prominent works, competed in numerous choreography competitions, and received substantial grants and new commissions for her choreography.  She founded her own performance series, The Young Choreographers Showcase, which promotes the creation of new dance works and provides opportunities for young emerging choreographers to create and present their work in New York City free of charge.   Gates is a 30-year veteran in the professional dance field and has wide-ranging career as a choreographer, director, educator, producer and dancer. She is internationally recognized as a leader in the dance world with her choreographic work for professional companies, the creation of the California-based non-profit organization Laguna Dance Festival, and directing educational programs at the university level.   Dance Magazine named Seiwert one of “25 to Watch” and the San Francisco Chronicle has listed her choreography in the “Top 10” dance events twice.  She worked with dancers from the New York City Ballet twice, participating in the NY Choreography Institute at the invitation of Peter Martins.  She is Artistic Director of Imagery as well as Choreographer in Residence for Smuin Ballet.  This is Seiwert’s second work for Colorado Ballet; her first was Things Left Unsaid.   Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information for Tribute: Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 2012 @ 2 p.m.   Ticket prices range from $22 to $154. To purchase tickets for Tribute visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

The Colorado Ballet invited to perform at Gotham Dance Festival in New York where they will perform Embellish, a work from the upcoming production Tribute.

The Colorado Ballet will perform at the invitation of choreographer Jodie Gates during the Gotham Dance Festival June 2-3, 2012 at The Joyce Theatre in New York City.  Gates chose two companies to show the span of her work: Colorado Ballet and BalletX from Philadelphia.

Gates spent three weeks in Denver to create her new work Embellish as part of Tribute, an upcoming mixed-bill production featuring three world premieres by innovative female choreographers.  With the generosity of several donors, Colorado Ballet raised the necessary funds for the trip and will travel with a cast of six men and six women to perform Gates’ Embellish at the festival.

According to Gates, she felt Colorado Ballet would best represent her neoclassical work, which embodies her influences of classical ballet training and her work with William Forsythe.  Embellish is a 22-minute neoclassical ballet performed to Mozart arias, Sonata for Violin and Piano, and the 3rd movement of the Violin Concerto No. 1.

For more information, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org.

About Colorado Ballet Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet’s dancers come from all parts of the world. Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 51 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver. Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of the Colorado community through performances, training and educational programs.


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