Ballet West Brings to Life a Brave New World of Myth and Magical Mayhem

The Tempest Bids You, "Come Unto These Yellow Sands" Ballet West opens 2008-09 season with the Utah premiere of Michael Smuin’s Emmy-nominated ballet of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, November 7-15 at the Capitol Theatre, 50 West 200 South in downtown Salt Lake City.    With choreography by one of Utah’s favorite sons, the late, great Michael Smuin, and a commissioned score based on the music of Henry Purcell, The Tempest is a tale of magical beings and all-too-human humans entwined in a net of love, humor, conflict and reconciliation. The Tempest will be accompanied by the Utah Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Terence Kern.

Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. November 7, 8 and 12-15, with a matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on November 15.

In conjunction with the performances of The Tempest , Ballet West offers Warm Ups . These fun and informative discussions are free of charge to ticket holders and will begin promptly one hour prior to each presentation of The Tempest . Get the inside scoop on the evening’s program including background on the ballet, information on the choreographer and other interesting behind-the-scenes facts. At Warm Ups , members of the Ballet West artistic staff are available to answer any questions that the audience may have.

Tickets range from $18 - $72 and are available through ArtTix by calling 355-ARTS (2787 or 1-888-451-2787, at www.arttix.org , or at the Capitol Theatre ticket office.