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Colorado Ballet Brings to Life Romeo and Juliet
By Peyton Jeter
Monday, January 24, 2011

 

COLORADO BALLET BRINGS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S CLASSIC LOVE STORY,
ROMEO & JULIET, TO LIFE AT THE ELLIE CAULKINS OPERA HOUSE
Colorado Ballet Concludes its 50th Anniversary Season with Romeo & Juliet, Complete with
Choreography Never Performed in Colorado and a Live Orchestra

DENVER—Jan. 24, 2011— Colorado Ballet will present nine performances of William
Shakespeare’s classic love story, Romeo & Juliet, beginning Feb. 25, and running through
March 6, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Last performed by Colorado Ballet in 2003, Shakespeare’s great play is enacted through ballet
by the choreography of Alun Jones and to a score by Sergei Prokofiev, whose music serves as
a melodic substitute for Shakespeare’s poetry. Prokofiev assigns themes to particular
characters and emotions in the ballet, and uses the recurring themes to musically unite the story
and composition. This dramatic score will be performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“The marriage of phenomenal balletic technique to a great score and a powerful plot is the
ultimate expression of dramatic ballet,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet’s artistic director.

Because of the power and poignancy of this timeless love story and the popularity of Prokofiev’s
dramatic and melodic score, Romeo & Juliet has become one of the most famous of the
full-length ballets. Jones’ staging of the ballet focuses on the varying degrees of love among the
characters and their relationships to one another as each character is affected differently and
each character has its own significance within the story.

“Of all the great dance dramas, Romeo & Juliet is the personification of this,” Boggs said. “The
famous balcony scene transforms into one of the most beautiful pas de deuxs in all of classical
ballet and the crowd scenes are energized with a dynamic only ballet theatre can achieve.”

While all the roles in the ballet are noteworthy, the roles of Romeo and Juliet require exceptional
levels of technique, artistry and strong acting skills. Colorado Ballet’s production of Romeo &
Juliet will feature three rotating casts in each of the title roles. Principals Maria Mosina, Sharon
Wehner and Corps de Ballet member Caitlin Valentine-Ellis will share the role of Juliet, while
Principals Alexei Tyukov, Dmitri Trubchanov and Soloist Viacheslav Buchkovskiy will portray the
lovelorn Romeo. Principal Igor Vassine will not be reprising the role of Romeo as he is currently
recovering from knee surgery and a foot injury.

Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information:
Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
• Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
• Friday, March 4, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
• Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $19-$135 (plus seat tax). To purchase tickets visit
www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2. The Colorado Ballet Ticketing Office is
located at 1278 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80203 and is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.
through 5 p.m.


  
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