Ballet West's Annual Performance Gala Is Social Event of the Year

BALLET WEST EMBARKS ON 2008-09 SEASON WITH ANNUAL PERFORMANCE GALA, NOVEMBER 1 Exclusive Evening is Sneak Preview for Future Seasons

Ballet West kicks off its 2008-09 performance year with an explosive season opener – the Company’s annual Gala on Saturday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m.

This fast-paced, hour-long performance highlights every aspect of Ballet West, from its Academy to the youthful up-and-comers of Ballet West II, as well as Ballet West’s glamorous and versatile Artists. Designed as an evening of previews for future seasons, the program is followed by an elegant evening of dinner and dancing at The Grand America Hotel, 535 South Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City. The Program Ballet West’s annual gala opens with a Defile performance by The Ballet West Academy, celebrating all levels of the official ballet school. The line-up also features the grand finale from George Balanchine’s elegant, classic and exciting Chaconne, set to music by Christoph Willibald Gluck, followed by an excerpt from Twyla Tharp’s Brief Fling, a chic, high-energy, classically based contemporary ballet. The evening continues with Ben Stevenson’s achingly beautiful Three Preludes, an intimate pas de deux to solo piano music by Serge Rachmaninoff, followed by an ensemble work for Ballet West II choreographed by Heather Gray. Also on the program is a delicate solo from Gerald Arpino’s Kettentanz with music by Johann Meyer. Closing the sumptuous show, Ballet West will perform an excerpt from Michael Smuin’s The Tempest with music by Paul Chihara, based on the music of Henry Purcell. Ticket Information Tickets for the performance and dessert reception are $75; VIP tickets that include the performance, dessert reception, cast party, and dinner and dancing are $175.

VIP tables are also available. All proceeds from this event benefit Ballet West’s educational and artistic programs. For more information on Ballet West’s annual gala, contact Ashlee Christofferson at (801) 869-6917.