I was a season ticket holder of the San Francisco Ballet for 10 years. So I was very excited that Denver had a ballet company. If you're moving from a larger metro area, you can't really compare the companies. Denver's is very different from S.F.'s and it took me some time to adjust. I was used to the technically perfect performances of the S.F. Ballet, and at first the difference in technical performance marred my enjoyment factor. Denver's costumes and sets are more ornate, while S.F. has a minimalist approach so you focus more on the dancers themselves. The Denver sets are very full and pretty - and sometimes detract from the dancers. Their costumes are also more elaborate and truer to the time periods - but sometimes the more authentic clothing (less gauzy materials, longer skirts) also means you can't see the dancers' forms as much. But overall, the performances are very pretty; I especially remember "Midsummer's Night Dream" as very magical. And they did an original "Dracula" that is amazing. A sexy, bloody ballet? Who'd have thought. My husband doesn't like/barely tolerates ballet, but he was blown away by their Dracula production. We've seen it three times! The other memorable performances I've seen more than once are Swan Lake, and the Nutcracker.
As for the theater, it's true - not a bad seat in the house. It's a wonderful theater. Good line of vision even if you're on the main floor on the side, or up in the balcony. Good acoustics. Booster seat pads for small children. Adequate snacks if you're hungry, fast bartenders. Clean bathrooms. The gift shop is pretty nice; some things are pricey, as expected.
TIPS: While parking in the complex can cost up to (?) $12, it’s so convenient to just take the elevator and walk across to the theater. Getting out can take a while, so lingering in the gift shop or going out to eat afterwards takes care of that traffic hassle. Also, Denverites tend to dress up for the ballet. Don’t know about recently, but I remember our first attendance on a Wednesday night – women were wearing long dresses! (In S.F., it was just the opposite – I was disappointed people wore jeans to the ballet!) So women, wear something a little dressy. Men – at least wear khakis, if not dress pants. My husband was glad he didn’t wear the jeans and tennis shoes he’d originally wanted. Be sure to check out the life-size, life-like ballerina sculptures throughout (in lobby, by bathrooms, etc.). They’re so real it’s eerie. MUCH more realistic than any wax museum sculptures.
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