Colorado Ballet Seeking Schools to Live Stream ALICE (IN WONDERLAND), 2/18

DENVER - Colorado Ballet seeks schools and educational organizations throughout Colorado and out-of-state to participate in a free remote live stream of its student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland) at 10:30 a.m. on February 18.

"The in-person student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland) has been sold out since before the 2015-2016 season began, but students and teachers are still welcome to participate through the live stream," said Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education. "Students who would otherwise be unable to see ALICE will have the opportunity to experience a live ballet performance with costumes, sets and a live orchestra. Plus, this production follows Lewis Carroll's classic book very closely, so students will learn a lot while watching the production."

This is the third time that Colorado Ballet will live stream a production in its student matinee series, which brings nearly 2,000 students to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex to watch ballet performances with full sets, costumes and a live orchestra. Colorado Ballet hosted its first live stream during the student matinee of La Sylphide in October and its second live stream during the student matinee of The Nutcracker in December. More than 100 sites from 10 Colorado cities and 27 states streamed The Nutcracker student matinee performance. In addition, students in England, Ireland, Ecuador, Greece, Italy and China also participated in the live stream event. The majority of the sites were schools, but four hospitals including Denver Health also participated.

"The response we have received on the live streaming of our student matinee series has been incredible," said Hyde. "We heard back from so many teachers after The Nutcracker live stream and the students were mesmerized by the dancing and music. One teacher who works in a dual-language school said it was incredible that we offered a performance that could be understood in any language. That is what we hope to accomplish with this series; impacting students from all over Colorado and the U.S. through the power of dance."

Based on Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" with characters from "Through the Looking-Glass," ALICE (in wonderland) includes choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. ALICE first premiered with The Washington Ballet in 2012. The total runtime of the production including the intermission is 2 hours and 5 minutes. The 20 minute intermission will feature live interviews with artistic staff and dancers for schools participating in the live stream.

Interested schools can contact Hyde at samantha.hyde@coloradoballet.org for more information, including technical requirements.

About Colorado Ballet

Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 55 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and innovative dance in Denver. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Community Engagement programs. Visit www.coloradoballet.org.

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