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By Amy Lindsey
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Colorado Ballet’s Production Invigorates Classic with Unique Adaptations by Ballet Masters Amanda McKerrow, John Gardner and Sandra Brown

DENVER—Sept. 13,  2011—Colorado Ballet opens the 2011-2012 season with the return of the timeless tragic romance, Swan Lake, opening Oct. 7, and running through Oct. 23, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The company’s production of Swan Lake will feature the original choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, set and updated by three of today’s premiere ballet masters, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner (former principals with American Ballet Theatre) and Colorado Ballet’s own Sandra Brown. Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs describes this production of Swan Lake as a traditional ballet with original additions.

“This is Swan Lake in all of its historic grandeur and mystical intrigue—this is the real Swan Lake,” said Boggs. “We have stayed true to the traditional work, while adding an original waltz during the first act and a new fourth act, complete with new choreography that premiered in 2008.”
Colorado Ballet’s 2008 production of Swan Lake was met with sold-out audiences and rave reviews. In October 2008, Marc Shulgold, formerly of the Rocky Mountain News stated, “…the production unveiled…at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House rises above being simply proficient. This staging flirts with brilliance,” while Kyle MacMillan of The Denver Post stated, “Colorado Ballet has put together an impeccably staged, smartly executed version of Swan Lake…”
Considered to be one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, Colorado Ballet’s Swan Lake will be presented in four acts (with two intermissions), juxtaposing the immortal themes of love unrequited and love redeemed throughout. The timeless tale weaves the tragic story of Prince Siegfried and his beautiful Princess Odette, who has been transformed into a swan by the villainous Baron Von Rothbart. Odette is doomed to forever spend her days as the Swan Queen unless her curse is broken by a royal marriage vow.

“The psychological component of performing the foiled characters of Odette and Odile is a feat for any dancer, and our principal women have risen to the challenge,” said Boggs. “I am certain they will once again take that role to incredibly vivid and intense levels in both their dancing and their acting.” 

Three rotating principal casts will perform the roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried. The rotating casts will see Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov partner, Chandra Kuykendall and Dmitri Trubchanov partner and Sharon Wehner and Viacheslav Buchkovskiy, Colorado Ballet’s newest principal dancer, partner.

“It is rare that a company of Colorado Ballet’s size can go from presenting new works by upcoming choreographers such as we did at the Vail International Dance Festival in August, to presenting a full-length production, such as Swan Lake,” Boggs said. “I take so much pride in seeing this Company go from the creation and new work process right into the full-length classical productions. It is technically and physically challenging and the entire Company does it with such ease, proving just what great dancers they all are.”

Colorado Ballet is hosting a number of special events surrounding Swan Lake. On Oct. 5, at 11:30 a.m. patrons will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to turn an entire corps of female dancers into swans at the Swan Lake Tech Week Luncheon. Guests will hear from Boggs and will have the chance to view part of a Swan Lake rehearsal while enjoying lunch at Kevin Taylor's at the Opera House. The cost for the Swan Lake Tech Week Luncheon is $50. On Oct. 6, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., guests are invited to an exhibition of world renowned French artist Laurence-Amelie Schneider at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Meet the artist, enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres and browse her newest paintings, created specifically for this event. Paintings will be available for purchase, and a portion of all sales proceeds will be generously donated by the artist to Colorado Ballet. This is a free event, however donations are encouraged. On Oct. 19, Ladies at the Barre will meet at 6:30 p.m. for dinner at Row 14 and will then take in the evening performance of Swan Lake. The cost for this event is $100 and includes a ticket to the performance and dinner. Please contact or call 303-339-1610 to RSVP to any of these special events.

Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information for Swan Lake:
Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m.              
Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2:00  p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m.   
Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2:00 p.m.                     
Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.          
Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices range from $20 - $140
To purchase tickets for Swan Lake please visit Colorado Ballet’s website at

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