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Ballet Ariel presents ‘Carnaval’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Dream’
October 6 @ 7:00 pm
Ballet Ariel opens its 24th season with the 1910 masterpiece Carnaval, a light and romantic ballet choreographed by Michel Fokine. Considered one of the great ballet choreographers, Fokine’s Carnaval is based on the piano suite of the same name by Robert Schumann. Carnaval is perfect for Ballet Ariel’s expressive style as comedic characters dance with couples at a carnival, creating charming, little vignettes. Guest Artist Oleg Dedogryuk, who danced the ballet as a student at the Vaganova Academy in Russia, will stage the production. Fokine’s ballet is rarely performed making Ballet Ariel’s performance a truly special occasion.
Also on the program is Ballet Ariel’s enchanting original ballet, Sleeping Beauty’s Dream. As Sleeping Beauty awaits her prince, cross the threshold into a storybook world inhabited by Beauty and the Beast, Tom Thumb, Empress of the Pagoda and The Fairy Garden. Performed to Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite score and scenario, Sleeping Beauty’s Dream is choreographed by Ballet Ariel’s Artistic Director Ilena Norton and Resident Choreographer Gregory Gonzales.
Ballet Ariel will perform both pieces at the Elaine Wolf Theater at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80246 on Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 2 at 3:00 pm.
A 7:00 pm performance will be presented on Thursday, October 6 at PACE Center, 20000 E Pikes Peak Ave, Parker, CO 80138.
A final matinee will be presented on October 16, 3:00 pm at the new Parsons Theatre in the Northglenn Recreation Center, 1 E. Memorial Parkway, Northglenn, CO 80233.
Both matinee performances will be followed by a Tea Party reception where families can enjoy refreshments with cast members still in costume!
Please go to www.balletariel.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
Please note: To protect all patrons, Ballet Ariel will be complying with all current state and local Covid-19 regulations at the time of the performance.
ABOUT BALLET ARIEL
Ballet Ariel was founded in 1998 by Artistic and Executive Director Ilena Norton. Now entering its 24th year of performance, Ballet Ariel has evolved into a laboratory for developing original classical ballets, a collaborative environment where the beauty of classical ballet comes together with narrative storytelling and a contemporary vision. This professional company is known for its graceful and elegant, yet dynamic, choreography and staging.
Located in Denver at Denver Dance Center at 2496 W. 2nd Ave. #3, the company employs twelve professional dancers under Rehearsal Director Oleg Dedogryuk and Ballet Master Patricia Renzetti. Ballet Ariel’s repertoire features original ballets such as Ballerina by Degas, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and Tale of Molly Brown along with classical works including Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Les Sylphides.
Ballet Ariel receives funding from Denver, Jefferson, Adams, and Douglas Counties through the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Colorado Creative Industries, and Denver Ballet Guild. The Covid Relief Funds received from Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation, and Colorado Creative Industries help to make this production possible.
For more information, visit www.balletariel.org or call (303) 945-4388.
Artists: Alexandru Glusacov, Yoshiko Brunson, Marcelina Gaudini
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
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