Ballerinas by Degas

Ballerina by Degas

Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3:00 pm
Pinnacle Performing Arts Center
Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3:00 pm
Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre
Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 pm
PACE Center

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Ballet Ariel’s creative team has produced another original treasure for Denver Metro audiences. Ballerina by Degas enchants as his paintings come to life, by telling the story of a young dancer, Simone, her rapid rise within the Paris Opera ballet company and the Impressionist artist, Degas, who records it all. Dappled with jealousies and rivalries, under the watchful eyes of their mothers, the young dancers vie for position at the barre and in the company. Performed to the music of Georges Bizet, Gabriel Faure sand Adolphe Adam, three acclaimed composers of the day, Simone’s hard work and commitment quickly propel her from neophyte to etoile (lead dancer).

On February 23 and 24, Ballet Ariel presents a one act shortened version of the ballet just for young audiences, telling the story of the young Simone in the Paris Opera school, and a Little Ballerina Tea Party. Watch as the young dancers practice their ballet steps at the bar, and perform their first audition to enter the Paris Opera company. Join the costumed cast members on stage for a Little Ballerina Tea Party with delicious refreshments following the performance, a special treat little one’s won’t want to miss.

Thursday, Feb. 28th at the PACE Center

20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker 80138

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Swan Lake and Mother Goose Fairy Tales

Swan Lake and Mother Goose Fairy Tales

Swan Lake and Mother Goose Fairy Tales

Lakewood Cultural Center

April 27 and 28

2:00 and 7:30 pm on Saturday
2:00 pm on Sunday

Mother Goose Fairy Tales; Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Tom Thumb, Empress of the Pagoda and The Fairy Garden, performed to the Mother Goose Suite score and scenario by Maurice Ravel, will feature original choreography by Director Ilena Norton and Gregory Gonzales. Ballet Ariel’s original choreography for the Mother Goose Fairy Tales will be the perfect complement to Patricia Renzetti’s and Oleg Dedogryuk’s staging of Act III of Swan Lake, creating a dramatic and entertaining production appropriate for all ages. The fanciful nature of the five fairy tales will balance the breathtaking drama of Swan Lake.

Tickets available at the Lakewood Cultural Center

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Nutcracker 2018

The NutcrackerBallet Ariel Presents
The Nutcracker – 2018

Dec. 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 27 at 2 pm
Dec. 21, 22, 26 at 7 pm

Ballet Ariel’s imaginative and beautiful interpretation of the classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, returns to the Lakewood Cultural Center. Tickets are on sale now for all performances.

Steeped in the noble traditions of classical ballet, Ballet Ariel’s The Nutcracker is a delight for audiences of all ages. Directed by Ilena Norton, Oleg Dedogryuk, and Patricia Renzetti, and brilliantly performed by Ballet Ariel’s professional company and school, Tchaikovsky’s famous score is given new life with festive costumes and breathtaking choreography. Clara journeys with the Prince on a magical adventure of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes and Sugar Plum fairies.

With its exuberant embrace of an enchanted world, Ballet Ariel’s The Nutcracker defines the season.

Ballet Ariel will perform six matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on December 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 26th and 27th. The curtain will rise for evening performances at 7:00 p.m., on December 21st, 22nd, and 26th.

Tickets can be purchased at, 303-987-7845 or at the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway.

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A Tale of Molly Brown-La-Vivandiere

Tale of Molly Brown-La-Vivandiere

October  6 at 7:30 pm, October 7 at 3:00 pm
Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre
October 11 at 7:00 pm
Schoolhouse Theatre

A Tale of Molly Brown-La-VivandiereBallet Ariel opens its 20th anniversary season of performances with Tale of Molly Brown. This original ballet, by master storyteller and Artistic Director, Ilena Norton, was developed in collaboration with the Molly Brown House Museum, depicting the epic life of local legend, Molly Brown. This three-act ballet follows Molly from her modest life as a young woman in Leadville, through her rise in Denver society to her involvement in the suffrage movement, and later, survival on the Titanic. Narration provided by a costumed Molly, festooned in feathers and velvet, brings the audience deeper into the story. Norton beautifully incorporates her trademark elegant choreography with pioneer-inspired dances. The ballet’s score features traditional songs from the era including “Yankee Doodle” and “To a Wild Rose”. Gossamer Winds Quintet will provide live accompaniment for all performances.

Ballet Ariel will also be performing La Vivandiere, a one-act ballet choreographed by the great dance duo Arthur Saint-Léon and Fanny Cerrito with music by prolific Italian composer, Cesare Pugni. La Vivandiere, an enchanting ballet, debuted in London in 1844. Now, Denver audiences will have the opportunity to experience this perfectly preserved ballet, staged by Patricia Renzetti and Oleg Dedogryuk.

Tale of Molly Brown and La Vivandiere will be performed at Cleo Parker Robinson Theater, 119 Park Ave West, Denver, CO 80205, on October 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and October 7, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $15 for children. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling 303-945-4388.

Both ballets will also be performed at The Schoolhouse Theatre, 19650 E Mainstreet, Parker, CO 80138, on October 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
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