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Colorado Ballet: March 2010 mixed bill


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Posted 20 March 2010 - 02:17 PM

A review of the mixed bill in Opus Colorado:
http://opuscolorado....with-3emotions/

The same review appeared in INDenver Times:
http://www.indenvert...with-3emotions/

"This is going to be a very enjoyable review to write. Enjoyable, because of the remarkable performance given on opening night by the Colorado Ballet Friday, March 19."

I haven't seen any reviews yet in the Denver Post - perhaps tomorrow.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 04:29 AM

The Denver Daily News posts this review: http://www.thedenver...le.php?aID=7748

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 05:36 AM

The Denver Post review: http://www.denverpos...nes/ci_14734416

"If you want to see what our biggest ballet company is capable of, this is the program to watch. This year's installment, which continues through Sunday, is titled "3motions" and brings together a well-balanced, stylistically mixed trio of works from the past 50 years featuring light romance, human tragedy and frothy exuberance."

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 09:31 PM

The Denver Post review: http://www.denverpos...nes/ci_14734416

"If you want to see what our biggest ballet company is capable of, this is the program to watch. This year's installment, which continues through Sunday, is titled "3motions" and brings together a well-balanced, stylistically mixed trio of works from the past 50 years featuring light romance, human tragedy and frothy exuberance."


I pretty much agree with The Denver Post's review. This program is an emotional roller coaster that I found fatiguing to watch.

Like The Denver Post reviewer, I felt that Eventually was lacking something. Eventually consists of 3 scenes, all centered around an elderly man (who through poor make-up didn't look all that old) making his way to mail a letter while 4 couples dance around him. It is organized like a concerto - scene 1 was moderately fast, scene 2 was slow, and scene 3 was faster than scene 1. As best as I could figure out, the first scene was supposed to represent carefree youthfulness, the second courtship and marriage, and the third the years passing by quickly. But my interpretation could be completely off. I didn't feel that the choreographer got everything out of the music that he could have. The dancing was pretty generic traditional ballet while the music was modernistic and somewhat dissonant.

Echoing of Trumpets, on the other hand, just blew me away. To my eye, it contains an extraordinary match of choreography to music. Tudor's success at creating such an original and aesthetically pleasing work while portraying the tragedy of humankind's penchant for evil is so impressive.

Celts seems to be generally considered to be a lightweight piece, and I suppose from an intellectual standpoint it is, but it is hardly a trivial piece for the dancers. It's vibrant, joy of living message served well in lifting the audience from the despair that Echoing of Trumpets left us in.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 02:20 PM

I stumbled on an interesting post from a few months ago by Donald Mahler of the Tudor Trust after his first trip to Denver to begin teaching Echoing of Trumpets:
http://tudortrust.wo...-donald-mahler/

There was a nice send-off for retiring soloist Janelle Cooke at the end of Sunday's final performance.


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