Ballet Ariel presents
‘Avoca – A Tale of Molly Brown’ at the Lakewood Cultural Center on Sunday, November 3rd at 3:00 pm during Denver Arts Week. Ticket prices are $22.00 for adults, $20.00 for students and seniors, and children 12 and under are $16.00. Denver Arts Week family discount of $52.80 is offered for 2 adults and 2 children. Tickets are at 303-987-7845, www.Lakewood.org/Tickets, or at the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Ample, free parking is available.
Ballet Ariel tells the inspiring story of Colorado’s own heroine Margaret ‘Molly’ Brown. The ballet begins in the bustling Leadville mining town where she falls in love with miner J.J. Brown. Soon her fortunes rise after J.J. finds gold in the Little Jonny Mine. As she joins Denver’s high society, her marriage with J.J. becomes troubled. Her world travels lead her to fame for her bravery and compassion after the sinking of the Titanic, but her marriage to J.J. sadly ends in separation. The title of the ballet ‘Avoca’ is the name of Molly’s summer home, and is from a poem by Thomas Moore and a town in Ireland that inspired Molly. The ballet is danced to a wonderful score of turn of the century music from ragtime to gospel performed live by the Gossamer Winds Quintet. The ballet features traditional music alongside music by George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, and Edward MacDowell. Choreography for the ballet is by Ilena Norton, and the scenario was developed in consultation with the Molly Brown House Museum. The score was compiled by John Richardson and Ilena Norton. Donald Atwood reviewed ‘Avoca’ and said that Ballet Ariel is a “Ballet Company that is becoming an absolute gem”, and “Her dance…that represents a lifeboat scene at the sinking of the Titanic is stunning” worlddancereviews.com 2011. Also on the program is “…que mas…es toda una vida…”, an exciting work by Gregory Gonzales using passionate music that has classical, jazz and tango elements. The music, with its’ complex rhythms, syncopations, melodies and harmonies, has inspired a way of looking at life and relationships through dance. Gregory uses the emotions of love, romance, desire, passion and regret to create inventive line and movement. This juxtaposed by the contortion and release of contemporary ballet brings forth an intense, thoughtful and highly entertaining ballet.