Sweet Dreams

See this Shakespeare classic set to ballet.

In 1997, the Colorado Ballet took a chance on an up-and-coming young choreographer. Christopher Wheeldon was still a dancer with the New York City Ballet when he was invited to Colorado to choreograph a dance rendition of the Shakespearean classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Today Wheeldon is world-renowned, and the Colorado Ballet takes great pride in knowing that his first full-length production was created for their company and premiered on a Denver stage.

Now the show is returning to Denver for its third run. Though the choreography remains the same, the production has been updated with the addition of a live orchestra accompanied by two soloists and the Colorado Children’s Chorale. “Obviously, it’s got a lot of humor, love, fighting. And it’s very true to the story,” says artistic director Gil Boggs. “There are no spoken words, but through the choreography, you’re able to interpret who’s falling in love and who’s mad at whom. It’s quite a spectacular production with the live singing, the orchestra and the dancing.”

The show runs through March 14. For tickets, $19 to $145, and information, call 303-837-8888 or go to www.coloradoballet.org. Better yet, take advantage of the ballet’s Feed the Soul program: The ballet is selling fifty $10 tickets (two-ticket limit per patron) to each performance, starting two hours prior to the show at the Ellie Caulkins box office in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. So get there early and bring your friends.
Sat., Feb. 28, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 1, 2 p.m.; Sat., March 7, 2 p.m.; Sun., March 8, 2 p.m.; Wed., March 11, 6:30 p.m.; Fri., March 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 14, 2 p.m., 2009

 
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