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Ballet Ariel: Ballerina by Degas (PACE)

Feb 28, 2019

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Ballet Ariel is bringing its original Ballerina by Degas back to the Denver Metro area. Inspired by the great Impressionist, Edgar Degas, Ballet Ariel’s creative team has captured not only the beauty and grace of his work but the vibrancy of the Paris art world during the 19th century.


Ballerina by Degas tells the story of a young dancer, Simone, her rapid rise within the ballet company and the Impressionist artist, Degas, who records it all. Dappled with jealousies and rivalries, under the watchful eyes of their mothers, the young dancers vie for position at the barre and in the company. Performed to the music of George Bizet, Gabriel Faure and Adolphe Adam, three acclaimed composers of the day, Simone’s hard work and commitment quickly propel her from neophyte to etoile (lead dancer). “Ballerinas by Degas exposed Artistic and Executive Director Ilena Norton as a passionate storyteller…To the backdrop of some of the most recognizable paintings by French artist Edgar Degas, the story of a young dancer unfolded. It was enchanting to see the art come to life and to follow the original storyline”, reviewed by presentingdenver.org in April, 2018.


A full-length performance of Ballerina by Degas will be presented on Thursday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, CO 80138. Tickets are on sale now at the PACE Center https://parkerarts.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=763 or call 303-805-6800. Adult tickets are $26, student and seniors are $23, and children are $20.


Two mini-performances, telling the story of the young Simone in the Paris Opera school just for young audiences, will be presented on February 23rd at the Pinnacle Performing Arts Center and on February 24th at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre. The curtain will rise on these matinee performances at 3:00 p.m. Following each mini-performance will be a Little Ballerina Tea Party where children and their parents can enjoy delicious refreshments with Ballet Ariel company members still in costume. Tickets for the mini-performances at the Pinnacle Performing Arts Center and Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets to the ballet with the Little Ballerina Tea Party are $25 for adults and $20 for children. For information on purchasing these tickets visit www.balletariel.org or call (303) 945-4388.

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