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BOULDER, CO – Boulder Ballet celebrates the beginning of their 40th performance season with the production Fall Passages on September 24 at the historic Chautauqua auditorium. This contemporary ballet performance will feature four unique works. Boulder Ballet will also present the work of legendary dance maker Twyla Tharp for the first time in the company’s history. The company is proud to debut Junk Duet, a cartoonish competition structured as a classical pas de deux. The percussive score by Donald “The Junkman” Knaack is played on 100% recycled materials. The scrap heap sounds enhance the comedic blend of exaggerated pantomime and classical ballet vocabulary.
Artistic Director Ben Needham-Wood will restage the pas de deux Apollo and Daphne, inspired by Bernini’s iconic sculpture. Set to “Spiegel Im Spiegel” by Arvo Part, Apollo and Daphne is an intricately musical work, the movement of the dancers fluctuating between fluid, gestural movement that compliments the music, and quick, powerful steps that contrast it.
Continuing the partnership between the Colorado Chautauqua and Boulder Ballet will be a world premiere by Colorado’s Jacob Mora. Mora’s hip-hop background integrated into a classical ballet setting will establish the celebration of transformation that Boulder Ballet will carry through the 40th performance season. The evening will conclude with a second work by Needham-Wood, a world premiere that will begin a quirky murder mystery. This family-friendly work will serve as a game for Boulder Ballet patrons, with clues to the mystery being released as the season progresses. The murderer will be revealed at Boulder Ballet’s Gala in April.
About Boulder Ballet:
Boulder Ballet is a classical, contemporary, and uniquely theatrical ballet company entertaining Boulder audiences for 40 years. Devoted to cutting-edge performance, high-caliber training, inclusivity and community outreach, Boulder Ballet is Boulder County’s foremost professional dance company and ballet school. Boulder Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
SEASON PERFORMANCES: https://boulderballet.org/202223-season/
September 24, 2022: FALL PASSAGES, Chautauqua Auditorium
October 21, 2022: Littleton Town Hall
November 25-27, 2022: THE NUTCRACKER, Macky Auditorium
December 3-4, 2022: THE NUTCRACKER, Vance Brand Auditorium
December 10-11, 2022: THE NUTCRACKER, The Stanley Hotel
February 23-26, 2023: NEW MOVES, Dairy ARTS Center
March 3, 2023: NEW MOVES, Lakewood Cultural Center
May 18-21, 2023: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Dairy ARTS Center
June 2-3, 2023: BALLET IN THE PARK, Huntington Bandshell, Boulder
June 4, 2023: BALLET IN THE PARK, Civic Center Park, Highlands Ranch