There may be no place, except perhaps the military, that is more highly regimented than ballet
The curtain fell on Colorado’s arts scene during COVID. Can it dance back to life?
Denver’s major performing arts companies have, in fits and starts, been on a comeback season. But it is proving to be a long climb back.
Philanthropic angels rescue some Colorado arts groups, but most still struggle under coronavirus
Everyone dreams of an angel, especially arts groups, especially during a pandemic — a generous patron to ease the financial hardships of the coronavirus crisis. So far, the best angel stories come from the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Ballet. An anonymous donor gave the symphony a $2 million gift this month that will keep its […]
Coronavirus killed 59,179 arts jobs in Colorado and crippled key economic and cultural engines. Can they be revived?
While it may not feel as urgent as an eviction notice or the fear of food scarcity, the devastation of the arts and culture scene due to the coronavirus pandemic portends long-term ripple effects. The arts in Colorado are a powerful economic driver as well as a defining aspect of our community and fuel for […]
She was awaiting her Colorado Ballet curtain call. Coronavirus delayed the dance, for better and worse.
Chandra Kuykendall, a longtime ballerina with the Colorado Ballet, was set to give her final performance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, replete with ceremony, flowers and a standing ovation. And then she got an email. Suddenly, the carefully choreographed end to Kuykendall’s 22-year career was swept up in the vortex of the coronavirus pandemic, […]
“I think I want to do this forever. How does that work?” For dancers, it doesn’t.
At the end of her very first dance recital, 4-year-old Sarah Tallman burst into tears. “I have no idea why I cried, but at the end, I said, ‘I’m not doing that again.’” Still, the next year, she was back. Thirty-eight years later, Tallman is finally going to stop dancing. Those years – from a […]
Review: Colorado Ballet most on point with small-group dances in “The Wizard of Oz”
The Colorado Ballet’s “The Wizard of Oz” landed at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House Friday night in a whirlwind of dance and theater. The $1.1 million production was fruit of a unique collaboration of the Colorado Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Winnipeg Royal Ballet. The trio certainly got its money’s worth. So does the audience […]
Three ballet companies click heels for whirlwind, puppet-filled “Wizard of Oz” in Denver
Hey Toto, you aren’t in Kansas anymore. You’re at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, and the tale of how you got there has more twists and turns than a yellow brick road — and a $1.1 million price tag. When the curtain goes up Feb. 1, Toto, flying monkeys and the dancers from […]