Wednesday, March 31, 2021
As Odette in Swan Lake during her farewell season with Colorado Ballet ..
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
In Swan Lake at International Ballet Rotaru by Keiko Guest ..
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
As Odalisque in Le Corsaire by Rosalie O'Connor ..
Friday, February 26, 2021
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Nutcracker. No other ballet in the history of dance has become so synonymous with Christmas and American tradition. It’s hard to believe that the ballet
originally flopped when first premiered at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in 1892. In fact, it did not truly become the phenomenon it is today until
re-staged by Willam Christensen and the San Francisco Ballet over fifty years later. Tchaikovsky’s score, originally critiqued by some as “ponderous”
and “insipid” is now employed for everything from football blooper videos to automobile commercials. I once walked out of Macy’s in defiance when the
“Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” came on over the speakers. It was my first time dancing the role, and I had broken out in a sweat when the music infiltrated
my unsuspecting psyche while innocently shopping for Holiday gifts.
It’s not that I don’t like the Nutcracker or its music. On the contrary, it has become an inherent part of my life, my career--literally part of the
fabric of my being. I am not exaggerating. To a professional ballet dancer Christmas without Nutcracker would be like Thanksgiving without Turkey...we
joke about its ubiquitousness, but deep down we are ever so slightly addicted to it. I have numerous friends who have retired from dancing and they
are still involved in the Nutcracker. If not actually performing as a guest dancer, they are teaching other children how to be toy soldiers
and Mother Ginger’s polichinelles, or at least attending as an audience member. Like an old friend, the Nutcracker never really leaves a dancer’s life
How did we become infected with such a virus? Everyone has a different story. My first experience with the Nutcracker was as a child watching Gelsey
Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov on PBS. I can remember being all alone in the living room (my brothers were not so interested), entranced by the magical
story unfolding before me. The televised version of Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker was not only technically flawless from the dancing perspective, but also
included close-ups of Clara’s enchanted facial expressions and Drosselmeyer’s ambiguous and mysterious side show. In the final scene, I was truly convinced
that Clara in fact had not been dreaming, but had journeyed to a magical place in another dimension--a place that I was dying to be a part of myself.
Little did I know that one day I would indeed be a part of Nutcracker-land, over and over and over again. ..
Monday, October 09, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Colorado Ballet is participating in the Wealth Is About grant contest to win $7,000 to continue our mission of presenting exceptional quality classical
ballet and innovative dance through performances, training and education programs that are integral to the cultural life of our community.
Vote here daily until October 9th. https://fwt.wishpond.com/denver/wealthisabout/entries/167573139
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Friday, September 22, 2017