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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi & Aurora’s Wedding from Sleeping Beauty

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Aurora’s Wedding from Sleeping Beauty
Lone Tree Arts Center
10075 Commons St., Lone Tree 80124

Ballet Ariel’s season finale features, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, an original ballet based on the short story in Rudyard Kipling’s beloved classic Jungle Book.  In a tropical, jungle setting and full of animals, this child-friendly ballet is a story of great courage and loyalty as the little mongoose Rikki stands in the face of danger from two slithering cobras Nag and Nagaina to protect his adopted family.

Director Ilena Norton, in collaboration with contemporary choreographer, Gregory Gonzales, is creating this spellbinding ballet to the melodic and rhythmic music of Alberto Ginastera, a leading Argentinian composer of the 20th century. Norton’s fluid and elegant style combined with Gonzales’ slightly edgy approach, results in an innovative and novel ballet the whole family will enjoy.

Ballet Ariel’s will also perform Aurora’s Wedding from Sleeping Beauty, as fairy tale guests attend the royal wedding including Little Red Riding Hood, Puss In Boots, Bluebird, and Princess Aurora and her Prince dance a grand duet.   Aurora’s Wedding will be staged by former prima ballerina Patricia Renzetti and Oleg Dedogryuk.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Aurora’s Wedding will be performed Friday, October 13 at 6:30 pm, at the Lone Tree Arts Center.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.Lakewood.org/Tickets

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Nutcracker 2017

Nutcracker 2017 - titleBallet Ariel Presents
The Nutcracker – 2017

Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23 at 2 pm
Dec. 16, 22 at 7 pm

Ballet Ariel’s holiday season at the Lakewood Cultural Center will delight audiences with our beautiful production of The Nutcracker to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. Clara and the Prince journey on a magical adventure of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes and Sugar Plum fairies. Enjoy this holiday treat for the whole family, with beautiful costumes and exciting choreography danced by Ballet Ariel’s professional company and school students. Ballet Ariel has created our own special holiday ballet, directed by Ilena Norton, Oleg Dedogryuk, and Patricia Renzetti with guest artist Paul Noel Fiorino as Drosselmeyer.  “Ready to infuse your soul with Christmas?  Well, then, go see Ballet Ariel’s The Nutcracker now.”  PresentingDenver.org reviews 12/14/2014

Ballet Ariel offers seven holiday performances of The Nutcracker  at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Tickets can be purchased at www.Lakewood.org/Tickets, 303-987-7845 or at the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway.

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Sorcerer's Apprentice & Sleeping Beauty Suite

Sorcerer’s Apprentice & Sleeping Beauty Suite

Sorcerer's Apprentice & Sleeping Beauty Suite title

Performance with Tea Party
Feb. 24, 25 at 3:00 pm
Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre
119 Park Ave. West, Denver 80205

Performance Only
March 18 at 3:00 pm
D.L. Parsons Theatre
Northglenn Recreation Center
11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn 80233

The wonderful music by Paul Dukas made famous in Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ is brought to life by dancing goblins and a bumbling apprentice. In this exciting ballet, the sorcerer’s apprentice thinks he can enchant a broom to do his chores for him, but the pots and brooms are soon spinning out of control. Also on the program are delightful excerpts from Aurora’s Wedding in ‘Sleeping Beauty’, including the fairytale characters Little Red Riding Hood and Puss In Boots.

The very special Tea Party at the Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre with Princess Aurora and the Prince, and other costumed cast members on stage following the performance is a treat little ones won’t want to miss.


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Appalachian Spring & Degas’ Ballerinas

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Appalachian Spring and Degas’ Ballerinas
Lakewood Cultural Center

With special permission from the Copland Fund, Ballet Ariel Director Ilena Norton has created an original ballet set to Aaron Copland’s enchanting and pastoral Appalachian Spring,

While influenced by various early scenarios explored by modern dance pioneer, Martha Graham, for whom the music was originally composed, Norton’s Appalachian Spring is a fresh interpretation of the music.

Norton’s distinctive choreographic style brings new life to this Pulitzer Prize winning composition, an American classic from one of the great contemporary composers of the 20th century. Performed on pointe, Norton’s ballet includes choreography from Gregory Gonzales, whose contemporary style integrates wonderfully. Norton calls it, “an honor to follow in Martha Graham’s epic footsteps to choreograph an original version of Appalachian Spring.

Ballet Ariel will also be creating a new and original ballet Degas’ Ballerinas inspired by Edgar Degas beautiful paintings of ballerinas at the Paris Opera Ballet.  A young dancer is auditioning to join the Paris Opera under the watchful eye of her chaperoning mother.  As she joins the company, she becomes absorbed in classes, rehearsals, and performances, highlighted by her performance in the opening night of ‘Giselle’ under the great ballet master Jules Perrot.