Performing at the Mainstreet Center
Ballet Ariel tells the inspiring story of Colorado's own heroine Margaret "Molly" Brown. The ballet begins in the bustling mining town of Leadville, where she falls in love with miner J.J. Brown. Her fortunes rise after J.J. finds gold in the Little Jonny Mine. As she enters Denver's high society, her marriage with J.J. becomes troubled. Her world travels lead her to fame for her bravery and compassion after the sinking of the Titanic. The ballet is danced to a wonderful score of turn of the century music from ragtime to gospel performed live by the Gossamer Winds Quintet, and her riveting story is told by a Molly Brown House Museum costumed narrator. Reviews of Ballet Ariel's past performances of "Avoca" were glowing, with Donald Atwood stating that Ballet Ariel is "becoming an absolute gem…Her dance…that represents a lifeboat scene at the sinking of the Titanic is stunning" (worlddancereviews.com 2011).