Colton Ballet of Augusta presents Mood Swings
Imperial Theatre – Friday April 27 at 7:00PM
Colton Ballet presents an exciting and inspiring evening of music and dance on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 PM at the Imperial Theatre. The evening features Colton dancers with renowned local musicians Karen Gordon, Garden City Jazz and Augusta’s favorite Russell Joel Brown. Augusta native and Ailey II dancer, Christopher Wilson, and guest artists Olivia Powell and John Deming will also be featured. Peter Powlus collaborates with these artists to create a chic jazz club milieu with a swinging, fun flare. Caitlin McCormack challenges the imagination with an intriguing, amusing work. Saudade Amore, choreographed by Louisville Ballet soloist and MOMIX artist, Amanda Hulen, features the Cirque du Soleil-like virtuosity of two stunning professional dancers. And Augusta audiences will delight in the sheer joy of watching Christopher Wilson in Peter Powlus’ Sol Man, conceived with a 1940’s era energy and spirit. Interspersed throughout these pieces, Russell has chosen a medley of jazz and Broadway show tunes and Karen and her band will offer a set filled with jazz favorites.
The evening promises to be an electric yet sophisticated, elegant yet fun, evening of music and dance. Tickets range in price from $25-$35 and can be purchased through the Imperial Theatre’s website or by calling 706-722-8341.
Join us Thanksgiving weekend at the Imperial Theatre for our annual performance of The Nutcracker—an Augusta tradition for over 40 years!
There is an evening performance Friday, November 24, at 7pm, and performances at 1pm and 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26. Purchase tickets at the Imperial Theatre website, or call the box office: 706-722-8341.
Effective September 22, 2016, Dance Augusta and Augusta Ballet School will be named Colton Ballet Company of Augusta and Colton Ballet School of Augusta. Both entities are officially listed as Dance Augusta DBA Colton Ballet Company and Augusta Ballet School DBA Colton Ballet School. The status of both (profit/non-profit) remain unchanged as does the artistic direction.
This change reflects the deep commitment of both organizations to reflect and honor the legacy of Founder, Ron Colton.
Join us in honoring the memory of Founder/Director Ron Colton, who passed away on August 3rd after devoting over 50 years to the development of dance in Augusta.
“Pop Rocks: Ron Colton’s effect on Augusta is immeasurable,” by Steven Uhles (The Augusta Chronicle)
Obituary and Condolences
Visit our Nutcracker booth a this year’s Arts in the Heart Festival
September 16–18, 2016
April 29th & 30th
Don’t miss this exciting event with Dance Augusta and Karen Gordon and Garden City Jazz! Presented at the studio home of Dance Augusta, the Augusta Ballet School on Walton Way, the evening begins with a charming, playful work by choreographer Valerie Grieg using music from one of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. One of the featured pieces will be Caitlin McCormack’s premiere of a new work choreographed on Dance Augusta using the haunting piano/violin music of Angele Dubeau & La Pieta. Acclaimed choreographer Peter Powlus will collaborate with Karen and Garden City Jazz in a delightful premiere to the music of Thelonius Monk and Otis Blackwell/Eddie Cooley.
Interspersed throughout the evening, Karen and her jazz ensemble will play rousing sets designed to make you want to get up and move. The Augusta Ballet School studio will be turned into an amazing black box theatre and will highlight artwork by Rosalind Avrett. Wonderful food, wine and beer served in an outdoor tent will showcase the culinary talents of Sheehan’s Irish Pub.
Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Seating is limited!
Christopher R. Wilson photo by Morah Geist, Karen Gordon photo by Bruce Boulineau