Ballet Ariel presents Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Aurora's Wedding from Sleeping Beauty
Friday, October 13, 2017
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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a new and original ballet based on the short story in Rudyard Kipling’s beloved classic Jungle Book. In a tropical, jungle setting and full of animals, this child-friendly ballet is a story of great courage and loyalty as the little mongoose Rikki stands in the face of danger from two slithering cobras Nag and Nagaina to protect his adopted family.
Director Ilena Norton, in collaboration with contemporary choreographer, Gregory Gonzales, created this spellbinding ballet to the melodic and rhythmic music of Alberto Ginastera, a leading Argentinian composer of the 20th century. Norton’s fluid and elegant style combined with Gonzales’ slightly edgy approach, results in an innovative and novel ballet the whole family will enjoy.
Ballet Ariel will also be performing the classical ballet Aurora’s Wedding from Sleeping Beauty. In Aurora’s Wedding, the delightful fairy tale characters Little Red Riding Hood and Puss In Boots attend the royal wedding, staged by Oleg Dedogryuk and Patricia Renzetti.
Ballet Ariel was founded in 1998 by Artistic and Executive Director Ilena Norton. Now in its 18th season, Ballet Ariel has evolved into a laboratory for developing original classical ballets, a collaborative environment where the beauty of classical ballet comes together with narrative storytelling and a contemporary vision. This professional company is known for its graceful and elegant, yet dynamic, choreography and staging.
Ballet Ariel also offers an exceptional pre-professional, classical ballet program and dance classes, giving young dancers an opportunity to reach for their dreams while also being a part of a creatively fertile dance environment.
Located in southeast Denver at 7808 E. Cherry Creek South Drive, Suite 209, the company employs twelve professional dancers under rehearsal directors Oleg Dedogryuk and Ballet Mistress, Patricia Renzetti. Ballet Ariel’s repertoire features original ballets such as Vincent Van Gogh, Appalachian Spring, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi along with classical works including The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Ballet Ariel performs throughout the metro area and on tour in Colorado and Wyoming.