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Golden Gate

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  1. Truly sorry to see her go... would love to read reviews of the final performance, if anyone gets to see it. I applaud her incomparable career, and am thankful for all that she gave for all these years; this is sad , but certainly well deserved. Great job, and good luck!
  2. Hey Fandango! ...well, I know we're way past this, time-wise... but it's been busy. Here we go... for me personally, it's a combination of serious passion for theatre (this is definitely theatre meets ballet), an even deeper devotion to ballet, and I'm a big fan of the triumvirate that put this together (Michael Pink/Philip Feeney and Lez Brotherston), I love most of CB's dancers, and the story... ahhh the story. It is taken almost metaphorically verbatim from the novel by Bram Stoker. They stayed very true to the 'written word', when it was created. It is all about the experience... the
  3. Does anyone know when these go on sale? I want to head out to see both of them. What a great opportunity! Can't be missed.
  4. So sad to hear this news... she is very good, one of my favorites. Thanks for posting this, Helene.
  5. -no, the last time it was done (04-05) it was recorded. I have the rehearsal CD - although for the life of me I can't figure out why, it's not really anything pleasant to listen to what with the knocking and screaming and everything - really it's just not the same without the count in your face. Just crawled up off the floor, fell off my chair laughing at that... VERY funny... I wonder if he'd appreciate that one. I certainly did. --I saw two shows, the second on Saturday night, it was not as good as Thursday (opening night)... everyone was a bit off, but still, I was glad to see it.
  6. They've done it again... and it's still as great as it ever was. Colorado Ballet's opening night for Dracula was great - everyone was excited, there was an electric tension in the air, and fog on the stage... and for the first time in a very long time, an orchestra playing the score - which improved the production immensely! It still gives me such a thrill. I've seen Dracula many times, but this was my favorite. John Henry Reid portrayed the evil Count Dracula, and even though it was his first time as the vampire... he did an excellent job. It is not, however, his first time as the bad gu
  7. "Gil Boggs passed in front of me when I was walking to the lobby during intermission. I resisted the urge to yell "fore!"." You're killing me, that's so funny. It was the first time Maria and Igor made me cry in all the years I've watched them. It was a very powerful performance, and demanding... but my every expectation was surpassed. You're right about Igor maturing too... and Maria, as well. The last time I saw them do this ballet, they were not this good. All around, one of their best ever. They've come a long way... and it shows.
  8. Perhaps my last missive was a bit strongly worded... I agree Fandango, I too will continue to support it as much as I can, and I too wish to see it grow and become one of the best companies in the nation. Perhaps that will happen under Gil's direction. Thanks for the positive direction, I can get overly focused on situations sometimes Let's keep it going. Golden Gate
  9. Good point about not wishing for the demise of the company... no one wants that, but this company has been through some staggering blows that seem endless... perhaps it will have an opportunity to heal now - one would hope, for the dancers and for the benefit of the community. I just don't see that happening, however. The board is mostly made up of people who have money but not a passion for dance, or a good working knowledge of it (much to my chagrin) and they frequently make poor decisions, in my humble opinion. The executive staff running the company are partly well educated in dance and
  10. As if there weren't enough changes in this company over the last two years (+), things are still evolving... but who's to say in what direction. Jocelyn Labsan and Andrew Thompson have been fired from Colorado Ballet (see Marc Shulgolds article in the Rocky Mountain News, and both Marc and Kyle MacMillan (denver post) will be posting articles regarding this in their respective Sunday papers). Both Labsan and Thompson worked under previous Artistic Director Martin Fredmann for 18 years at CB. Jocelyn and Andrew both danced, and then Jocelyn became asst. AD and was a core essential of the
  11. Oberon, I agree completely. I think that it's more 'production specific'... the rules change according to the show. This subject came up recently with Colorado Ballet's triple bill 'Choreographers Showcase'. The three productions were very well received by every audience that saw them; the first was Paul Taylors 'Company B', and the last was Twyla Tharp's 'Nine Sinatra Songs'... and during both of those the audience was whipped into a screaming pitch by the time the curtain fell - and had clapped and yelled continuously during, and the dancers loved it. However - the second piece was des
  12. Hi You! It's going to be interesting to see what Gil Boggs puts in for the third piece in Dance Creations - they just have the two choreographers right now, and it's a triple bill... so we'll see. It's going to be one not to miss with Darrell and Jessica though! Golden Gate
  13. I have been glued to this monitor for several minutes now... laughing, reminiscing, agreeing, disagreeing, taking notes and adding to the ever-growing 'oh I have to see that' list... as the worlds most hopeless romantic, however... I can't leave without adding my favs too - a good deal of which were already mentioned. ...in no particular order It happened one night Chocolat Bringing up baby Casablanca GWTW Bed of Roses Meet Joe Black (a double romance, two different guys same body) The Notebook The King and I (Kerr/Brenner, just kills me every single time) Anna and the King (Foster
  14. ...ha ha ha... oops. Forgot to mention I am staying with a friend who danced at CB. No hotels. I will definitely do my best to take copious notes to report as soon as I am back! Golden Gate
  15. I'm heading off to London and Paris April 2nd; it'll be a nice trip (10 days), but I'm going specifically to see POB do Nureyev's La Bayadere... can't wait. Very excited! I will have to post details after I get back. The round trip airfare was $707.
  16. This production of Company B will be the only one that CB does for a while... as of today, who knows whether Gil Boggs will do it again in the near future or not. I think that the Choreographers Showcase is one of the best performances CB has presented in a while; it's intense and full of energy; the talent that the dancers exhibit is mind boggling - I see them dance on a regular basis and they were doing things I had no idea they could do. There were rave reviews by Kyle MacMillan in the Denver Post and I haven't read what Marc Shulgold wrote... although when I asked, he said it was 'ok
  17. POB is doing Nureyev's La Bayadere Mar 3 - Apr 8, 2006... I may have to fly out to see that. Paris in April and La Bayadere...
  18. The hip hop piece is in reference to "Earth Tribe" the Rennie Harris part of the 2004-2005 triple bill that CB presented last year. It was very dark - beyond sad to the point of 'soul hollowing', it was extremely contemporary, and it was not well recieved at ALL until it was decided that Martin Fredmann would go out on stage before the curtain went up and explain what the choreographer had created, and the vision that he was trying to get across to the audience. After that, the patrons were much more receptive because they had a base concept of what the point was... essentially. For thi
  19. I thought about this yesterday... I was speaking to a patron of CB who'd purchased season tickets and was heading out to see this show in a couple of days. I told her what thought (see the opening remarks at the beginning) and she was so surprised and disappointed. So I back pedaled a bit, and I told her that it was entirely possible that she might enjoy it... I said, don't go in expecting the story of Swan Lake. Don't go in expecting ballet. It's a theatrical production with some dance. Go in knowing that it's a Broadway show about a prince in a cold dark world who falls in love with a m
  20. Leigh - Most of the audience was perhaps under the impression that this was a more classical rendition; but I however, was not. I researched it, studied it, taught about it... and I DIDN'T WATCH THE VIDEO - It was the only thing I didn't make time for and should have. UGH!!! I knew... but I had no idea. Wow. I think it's very likely that the experience of the production differs greatly from the video. Youoverthere... this didn't happen to be an older lady with white hair cropped at the shoulder with bulky glasses who looks exactly like the old navy lady... was it? ha ha ha.... Golden
  21. It looks like I beat Golden Gate! Of course, I cheated. I didn't stay til the end. Spending 2.5 hours watching a play with no discernible plot and simple-minded humor isn't my thing. The dancing seemed to me to be below what one would see at a professional ballet, though I think I missed much of it since the 2nd act seemed to be more dance-oriented. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> I'd have left the same time you did if I hadn't had a car load of people.
  22. I must have gone to the wrong theatre last night… I went to see M.B. Swan Lake… and what I saw could never be mistaken for Swan Lake in any form, contemporary or not. I see why Lez Brotherston won a Tony award for set and costume design; they are very good. The set is a mirror of his set for the Hunchback of Notre Dame in many ways. The orchestra was outstanding; the music was good but became too repetitive towards the end... Tchaikovsky gone long. The choreography was excellent… I wish the dancers could have kept up with it, their timing was atrocious. The dancing was hot and cold; incon
  23. 1- CB is presenting Matthew Bourne's "Swan Lake" in conjunction with the Denver Center Theatre Co. for 6 days this week... opens tonight. Tickets are on sale for a discounted price for certain shows; there's another thread about this under todays topics. As this is a presentation in name only for CB, there is no relevancy to Gil. 2- The other two shows; Cinderella and the Choreographers Showcase are running simultaneously Mar 4-Apr 1. The choreography in Cinderella is Martin Fredmann's. I've seen this one and it's absolutely delightful. Excellent show. The Choreographers Showcase is CB'
  24. Wednesday and Thursday nights never do well in Denver... and neither do later shows. I was surprised they booked that, but it is the broadway production, it is not CB's company... and they are traveling so you book shows when you can, I guess. Julie Andrews' "the boy friend" opens in that same theatre (Buell) on the 21st, so I think the timing was a key issue there. I will offer a review tomorrow; I am there tonight for opening night... YAY!!!! I can hardly wait! Golden Gate
  25. Just an FYI, those Matthew Bourne Swan Lake Tickets are only available through the Denver Center, Colorado Ballet is not handling any part of ticketing. It will be an amazing show, and a good turnout is expected. I am curious to see how a multi-faceted but predominantly conservative Denver audience will react to this avant garde production... Myself, I cannot wait... very excited to see it!!
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