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Ballet Hope For The Arts

Updated: Oct 2, 2020

Photo by Sergei Gavrilov on Unsplash.
Photo by Sergei Gavrilov on Unsplash.

Because of the pandemic, non-essential activities like the arts have seen a large decline in participation. Of course, many venues have been closed to reduce the spread of the virus, with many people looking at attending a show an unnecessary risk. Colorado Ballet, a not for profit organization that has been bringing the art of ballet to the centennial state of over sixty years, needs help. Promoting their new Relief and Recovery Fund, they've put together a free show for October that you can view online.

Sandra Brown's HOPE

Colorado Ballet's initiative is called "Where Ballet Meets You" and is a digital performance series. The new show is called "Hope," which was choreographed by Ballet Master Sandra Brown. Hope is performed by the artists and couple Francesca Martoccio and Nicolas Pelletier. During the pandemic, Brown worked with the artists via Zoom to practice the two-and-a-half-minute piece before it was performed and captured in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The work is set to the first movement of Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major. This beautiful selection of classical music was performed by Colorado Ballet Orchestra cellist Charles Lee live at the park alongside the dancers. It is truly a sight to behold.

Sandra Brown has been wowing ballet lovers for years in live shows and films. Brown created and danced the world premiere role of Desdemona in Lar Lubovitch’s full-length Othello in 1997. Brown also appears in local film productions of Romeo and Juliet, Le Corsaire, and the documentary Ballet. In 2000, Brown was featured in the movie Center Stage and appears in the film The Company. These accolades follow years of hard work in the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre, where she studied and soloed from 1987 to 2003. Following her career at this elite ballet organization, Brown left ABT to pursue work as a freelance artist.

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