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Ballet Director's Choice

The Colorado Ballet's annual production of contemporary work promises to be a musically inspired choreographic treat, featuring "a diverse selection of ballets that break the rules," according to Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. The three ballets showcase a range of styles, from contemporary to tango, danced to selections from Mozart, Leonard Cohen ("Hallelujah"), Douglas Adamz and Russ Gauthierand (the Joffrey Ballet's signature piece), and live music from the Austin Piazzolla Quintet.

Dana Benton and Kevin GaŽl Thomas
Dana Benton
and Kevin GaŽl Thomas
Photo: Allen Birnbach
First on the bill is contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh's Wolfgang (for Webb), set to Mozart. The piece was originally performed as part of The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a collaboration between Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and the Sarasota Ballet. Walsh is a former Principal Dancer and choreographer with Houston Ballet and founder of the contemporary ballet company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.

Two pas de deuxs follow the first intermission, beginning with choreographer Amyu Seiwert's award-winning It's Not a Cry, set to Jeff Buckley's recording of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Seiwert is the artistic director of Imagery and was a former dancer with the Smuin, LA Chamber, and Sacramento Ballets. She also served as the choreographer in residence at Smuin Ballet.

The second pas de deux is choreographer Gerald Arpino's Light Rain, the Joffrey's signature piece since its premiere in 1981. Arpino was the co-founder of The Joffrey Ballet and created more than one-third of the company's repertoire.

The production closes with the world premiere of the tango-inspired ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires by choreographer and Colorado Ballet's Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia. The ballet will feature live music by the Austin Piazzolla Quintet. In addition to her work at Colorado Ballet, Travaglia is the Creative Director of Parasol Arts, a non-profit organization inspired by the art of Argentine Tango.

The Colorado Ballet's presentation of Ballet Director's Choice runs March 25-27 at at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets: online at www.coloradoballet.org, or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Bob Bows



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