February 1, 2010

Boulder Ballet’s Annual Contemporary Ballet: On the Move.

We’ve been long time supporters and fans of Boulder Ballet‘s great work. Waylon wishes they would star him in the next performance. But really, I can’t wait to go to this performance.  Boulder Ballet always inspires. ~ Lindsey Block.

Boulder Ballet’s annual contemporary ballet/theater production is an increasingly popular event. It always guarantees an engaging mix of styles and excitement of world premieres. This season’s concert On the Move will feature new works by Peter Davison and Lance Hardin, with original music scores by Jesse Manno and Michael Schulze.

February 19  & 20 – 8PM
February 21 – 2PM
Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder

February 27 & 28 – 7PM
Performing Arts Complex at PCS, Federal Heights

For tickets call 303-444-SEAT or visit http://thedairy.org

Performance length is approximately 90-minutes including one intermission.

About the Ballets

Lance Hardin’s new work, as yet untitled, mixes sophisticated contemporary ballet on point with primitive, grounded movements. Daring off-center turns and slides along the floor occur within carefully constructed group choreography with small groups of dancers continually merging and separating. The layered electronic music score drives the movement with an audio equivalent of the dancing – primal and civilized at the same time. The movement and musical explorations of this piece are coming together to create a unique ballet that cannot be compared to any other.

Peter Davison’s new work is titled “Rounds” to reflect not only the shapes of the objects used in the dance (balls) but also the recurring motif of phrases repeated in canon. As in previous Davison works, the dancers are called upon to master skills with objects as well as a new dance vocabulary. The different sized balls become essentially additional dancers as they are moved through the choreography. Composer Jesse Manno has decided to create an entirely vocal score for this ballet. References to 18th century music, dance and dress flavor this contemporary work making for a timeless and elegant addition to Davison’s explorations of dance and object manipulation.

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