Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:50 PM
Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:54 PM
Posted 24 December 2010 - 08:12 AM
I was really impressed with the production -- very lavish sets and costumes, fine performances by the professionals, huge numbers of children from their Academy used well (which must help ticket sales), classy full orchestra, etc. But the nicest surprise was the use of funny touches throughout to appeal to the adults in the audience -- e.g., when the Mouse King died, annother mouse tried to give him CPR. The Mother Goose figure did some very funny pop dance moves with "her" arms. Just when you think Nutcracker can't get any more saccharine, they would interject some adult humor that I haven't seen in other productions.
I had watched several tapes of other versions (from the Ovation series) with my great-niece beforehand, and actually thought the Colorado Ballet's version was the most entertaining and visually stunning.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:39 AM
“An audience of 2,000 is considered sold out and we had an average attendance of 1,981 per show,” Gil Boggs, the ballet’s artistic director, said in a statement.
They do aggressively discount. E.g., Subscribers get 25% off the list price for subscription tickets and can buy additional tickets at 25% off for the season. Discounts of 20% off are widely publicized to the general public. But it seems to me that filling the house with these discounts is a smart way to go, and the revenue and attendance numbers support that approach.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:10 AM
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:47 AM
Fredmann had been artistic director of the company, removed by the Board in 2005 in what sounds like a messy departure in the midst of a serious financial crisis; apparently he is now at the Kirov Academy in Washington, DC. Sandra Brown is ballet mistress, wife of the current director Gil Boggs, and a dancer with ABT from 1987-2003. Travaglia is a current ballet mistress, originally from New Zealand. I don't know anything about Varona or Clark and they're not on the current staff listing.
I've been to this production with young family members for the last three years and am always surprised at how much I enjoy it, having sat through many more Nutcrackers than I care to remember! Sets and costumes are lavish, dancers well-rehearsed, principals and soloists up to the challenge. I especially enjoy the several humorous touches aimed at adults in the audience -- CPR for the mouse king, "hip" dancing by Mother Goose, etc., as well as the first-rate live orchestra. Large ensembles are fleshed out with the "studio company" and various people from their Academy. They have 6 principals, 6 soloists, and 17 corps members (many of whom do double-duty in full-evening ballets).
Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:57 AM
i rem. S. Brown fondly and well, likewise G. Boggs; likewise, some of the surround to M. Fredmann's departure from Colorado B.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:25 PM
Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:41 PM
It was a messy departure.
I actually went this year, to 1.5 performances (the 0.5 is a long story). I really enjoyed it, and can't figure out why I didn't get into it when I first saw it a few years ago. Kevin Gael Thomas and Sean Omandam were spectacular in the Russian dance.
The CB used 3 dancers in the role of Clara w/ 3 dancers as the Nutcracker Prince and 4 dancers as Sugar Plum Fairies with 4 dancers as the Cavalier. Soloist Shelby Dyer shared the Sugar Plum Fairy role with the 3 female principals and she was also the only soloist to dance the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. I don't know if anything should be read into this.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:48 AM
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