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The Colorado Ballet opens its season October 5th: The Sleeping Beauty
September 2, 2012, 9:01 am
Filed under: News

Since this summer was so fleeting for so many, you can count on the fact that the first week of October is going to arrive much faster than you would have expected. The Colorado Ballet opens October 5 with one of Tchaikovsky’s best ballets, The Sleeping Beauty. It has long been argued that the music for this ballet is the best of all of Tchaikovsky’s ballets. Certainly, there is no argument that he was the first ballet composer who wrote music that was so emotional, so full of drama, and so melodious, that his music was often separated from the function of the dance and performed in orchestral concerts. He devoted so much effort to his ballet scores that their quality is equal to his symphonies: the orchestration is brilliant, and they have never failed to fit well with symphonic repertoire.

The reason for the popularity of The Sleeping Beauty is its excellence, not only the music, but the choreography as well. This is truly a wonderful ballet with which to open the season, and if you have never seen it before, you simply must get tickets.

The following is from the press release which I received:

Colorado Ballet opens its 2012-2013 season with the classical storybook ballet The Sleeping Beauty October 5-21, 2012 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. This beloved fairy tale features choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Tchaikovsky, performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

The Sleeping Beauty is truly an experience to be enjoyed by all ages,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “The ballet is romantic and fun and still manages to carry the audience away to a place of their dreams. It is one of the greatest classical ballets of all time.”

First performed as a ballet in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty tells the story of a beautiful princess cursed to sleep for 100 years by a wicked fairy.  A prince breaks the curse with true love’s kiss in this ballet appropriate for all ages.

“Last performed by Colorado Ballet in 2005, this crowd-pleaser is sure to be a great start to an unforgettable season,” said Boggs.  “Come experience happily ever after performed for you by Colorado Ballet.”

Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information for The Sleeping Beauty:
Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 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 more than 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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