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Join us for Aurora’s Wedding, Act 3 of Sleeping Beauty and Tea Parties

October 7 at Cleo Parker Robinson’s Theatre, Oct 14 at Elaine Wolf Theatre, and October 15 at Parsons Theatre

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Ballet Ariel kicks off our silver anniversary, 25th season with “Aurora’s Wedding,” the third act of “Sleeping Beauty” staged by Oleg Dedogryuk and Patricia Renzetti.  The ballet is set to music composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, completed in 1889 with choreography by Marius Petipa. In this joyful act, familiar fairy tale favorites assemble for the wedding of Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré, including Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, the Bluebird and Princess Florine, and Puss in Boots and the Cat. After the guests have paid their respects to the couple, Aurora and Désiré dance a grand pas de deux (for two dancers) before being joined by their guests as the kingdom rejoices.

The production, performed in one act and without intermission, presents a rare and delightful opportunity for fans of all ages to see beloved fairy tale characters together in one place. A Tea Party after each of the matinee performances, complete with savory and sweet treats, is a wonderful chance to meet the costumed dancers and take pictures with them!

Saturday, Oct. 7, 3:00 pm
Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre (Parking in the Safeway lot)
119 Park Ave. West, Denver 80205

Saturday, Oct. 14, 3:00 pm
Elaine Wolf Theatre at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver 80246

Sunday, Oct. 15, 3:00 pm
Parsons Theatre at the Northglenn Recreation Center 1 E. Memorial Parkway, Northglenn, 80233

Silver anniversary dance collections

Silver anniversary dance collections

Silver anniversary dance collections

Appalachian Spring, American in Paris, Dances from Le Corsaire

April 13 at 7:30 pm at the Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre – Tickets

April 27 at 7:30 pm, 28 at 2:00 pm at the Lakewood Cultural Center – Tickets

The Spring performances in this 25th Anniversary season of Ballet Ariel are “Silver Anniversary Dance Collections”. Here is what you can expect to see:

“An American in Paris,” Ballet Ariel-style, takes Gershwin’s orchestral classic and a charming storyline and creates a narrative ballet. The story of a young American woman traveling to Paris for the first time is transformed by the magic and vibrancy of the magnificent city steeped in history and enveloped in romance. Gershwin’s jazz undertones create the perfect setting for her awakening. Ballet Ariel’s Director, Ilena Norton and Ballet Ariel’s choreographer, Gregory Gonzales have created whimsical and fun dances that bring to life the joys of Paris.

“Appalachian Spring”, composed by Aaron Copland winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1945. The score was commissioned for a ballet by Martha Graham with an American flavor. “Appalachian Spring” depicts the day of a wedding at a Pennsylvania farmhouse in the early 20th century as the young couple, a pioneer woman, and revivalist preacher, experience apprehension, excitement, and serenity over the course of the day. “Artistic Director, Ilena Norton, brings a fresh perspective to Copland’s enchanting and pastoral music with a fully developed narrative story that audiences find delightful. Performed on pointe, Norton’s ballet includes choreography from Gregory Gonzales, whose contemporary style integrates wonderfully with Norton’s beautiful interpretation.”

Lovely dances from “Le Corsaire” are part of the program. Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is a ballet about Conrad who falls in love with the beautiful Medora during the Ottoman Empire. In the full Three Act ballet, the three Odalisques and Medora have been purchased by the Pasha for his harem.  He summons them to perform as part of an entertainment.   In the ballet’s conclusion, Conrad saves Medora, and they sail off to further adventures.   Dances from the ballet originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, are staged by Oleg Dedogryuk, assisted by Patricia Renzetti.

Join us for a Special After-Show 25th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, April 28th Matinee only:

Come watch our performance and then raise a glass with company members past and present in the lobby afterward!
After-Party ticket includes: Show ticket plus a piece of 25th anniversary cake and a glass of sparkling wine (for adults) or sparkling juice (for youth under 21).
To purchase a ticket including this special event, select the special event ticket in the ticket dropbox at the Lakewood Cultural Center.  Tickets

 

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe banner

The Ballet Ariel Company is excited to announce the premiere of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from the Chronicles of Narnia as our holiday ballet for our 25th anniversary season.

November 29 at 7:00 pm, At the Lone Tree Arts Center – Tickets

December 8, 9 at 7:00 pm, December 9, 10 at 2:00 pm, At the Lakewood Cultural Center – Tickets

December  22 at 7:00 pm, December 22, 23 at 2:00 pm, At the Parsons Theatre – Tickets

Ballet Ariel welcomes the holidays with a fresh, new way to celebrate the season. “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” ballet is based on the popular book by C.S. Lewis, with original choreography by Director Ilena Norton and battle scenes choreographed by Gregory Gonzales.

The story of “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” beloved by children and adults alike, is set in the 1940s. The ballet begins when four siblings, Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, visit the Old Professor and discover an empty room with a large wardrobe. Young Lucy opens the wardrobe door and steps in. Her brother Edmund follows her as they find themselves in a wintery forest of another world.

A series of adventures begin that include an umbrella-carrying faun, an evil White Witch, a beaver couple, a kind-hearted lion, and myriad other characters. They, along with the siblings, engage in a mystical battle of good over evil. Although the White Witch traps the group in a seemingly endless winter, the great lion Aslan, merry Father Christmas and the promise of spring arriving brings beauty and hope to the holiday season.

In ballet form, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” is an exciting adventure, beautifully set to music by Edward Elgar and Arthur Sullivan, with creative costumes and sets. Aslan and other animal mask and costumes are created by George Peters at Air Works Studio in Boulder.

Read a great review of our opening night performance https://www.onstagecolorado.com/review-ballet-ariel-the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe/?fbclid=IwAR0c9ITV7srtO_MTvEa7Z0GCCMT_IwXHCNw-5w5pi_A0p5LTObI2acO8LPI

 Westword article about “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” that was published online today: https://www.westword.com/arts/ballet-ariel-stages-the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe-in-denver-18555252

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