Presenting the 2013 - 14 50th Anniversary Season

 

50 YEARS OF BRINGING GREAT ART TO UTAH, AMERICA, AND THE WORLD!

With programming* that ranges from historical masterpieces to new, cutting edge creations, Ballet West’s 2013-14 Season
showcases the rich and diverse artistic heritage that has been the Company’s hallmark for half a century. 

Sumptuous sets and costumes - the glorious Utah Chamber Orchestra - the incomparable Ballet West dancers.

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Artists of Ballet West in "Petite Mort" Photo by Erik Ostling

To kick off our 50th we present the revival of Ballet West Founder Willam Christensen’s colorful and dramatic The Firebird, danced to Igor Stravinsky’s legendary score; Who Cares?, George Balanchine’s joyous mix of Gershwin tunes and classical ballet; and Petite Mort, Jiri Kylian’s sensual work of genius, recently featured on television’s “Breaking Pointe.”

Artists of Ballet West. Photo by Luke Isley

Ring in the holidays with the 58th edition of Willam Christensen’s beloved production. Hailed by New York Times Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay as “one of the best productions I’ve ever seen,” the delightful world of Ballet West’s The Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. For a fun-loving change of pace, try our Nutty Nutcracker.

Principal Artist Katherine Lawrence in "The Sleeping Beauty." Photo by Ryan Galbraith.

Add a touch of romance to your Valentine’s season with this all-time audience favorite. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s stupendous score, the ballet brings to life the timeless story of a sleeping princess, a handsome prince, and the triumph of good over evil. Adam Sklute’s streamlined production highlights the magic and storybook quality of this romantic fairytale. Look for bright new touches to honor our 50th Anniversary.

 

Principal Artists Christiana Bennett and Katherine Lawrence, and First Soloist Arolyn Williams in Jiri Kylian’s "Forgotten Land." Photo by Erik Ostling. 

A not-to-be-missed premiere for our 50th! Ballet West resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte pays tribute to Igor Stravinsky’s epic creation, The Rite of Spring. This new take on the iconic score promises to be powerful, dazzling and thought provoking. This unforgettable program also features the Ballet West premiere of Jiri Kylian’s urgent and tender Forgotten Land, set to Benjamin Britten’s stirring “Sinfonia da Requiem,” and George Balanchine’s classic Divertimento No. 15 which embodies the playful elegance of Mozart’s music.

Ballet West II’s Kimberly Ballard in “The Little Mermaid.” Photo by Pete De La Rosa.

 

 

Back by popular demand! Take a trip into Hans Christian Andersen’s undersea world with a love-struck mermaid, a prince insearch of true love, and a conniving sea witch. With a live narrator, heart-warming music by Leo Delibes, choreography by Pamela Robinson-Harris and Peggy Dolkas, and costumes by David Heuvel, The Little Mermaid is presented in just over one hour including one intermission. Perfect for families and children of any age.

Demi-Soloist Emily Adams and Soloist Beau Pearson in Susan Shields’ 2012 production of “Grand Synthesis.” Photo by Luke Isley.

 

 

Since its inception, Ballet West’s Innovations has become a platform for up-and-coming American choreographers and a fascinating exploration into new and cutting edge artistic territory. This year’s Innovations 2014 will spotlight three new creations by Ballet West artists to be announced, and world premieres by Philadelphia-based choreographer Matthew Neenan and Ballet West Principal Artist Christopher Ruud.

  

*Programming subject to change.