World Premieres, Utah Premieres and a Major Revival Highlight Ballet West's 50th Anniversary Season

Company’s Golden Anniversary Celebrates the Company’s Past, Present, and Future 

Ballet West celebrates 50 years of ballet with an extraordinary year of first-time productions and long-time favorites.  The company’s 2013-2014 season includes six exciting world premieres, a Utah premiere, a major revival, and outstanding productions that honor Ballet West’s rich legacy.

Ballet West’s Golden Anniversary year opens with the revival of Willam Christensen’s colorful and dramatic The Firebird. Danced to Igor Stravinsky’s legendary score this production of The Firebird has not been seen since 1980 and is a perfect way to honor “Mr. C.” This program also includes the revival of George Balanchine’s charming and vivacious Who Cares?, a wonderful mix of Gershwin tunes and classical ballet; and Petite Mort, Jiri Kylian’s sensual work of genius, recently featured on television’s “Breaking Pointe.” In December, Utah’s favorite holiday tradition – Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker returns with exciting historical modifications. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ballet West presents Adam Sklute’s spellbinding production of The Sleeping Beauty, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magical and monumental score. Ballet West’s spring production brings a not-to-be-missed world premiere by Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte, The Rite of Spring. Set to Igor Stravinsky’s epic creation this Rite of Spring is designed to commemorate the Centenary of this score while addressing current global issues. Rounding out this unforgettable program will be 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’s celebratory season concludes with Innovations 2014, spotlighting new creations by Ballet West artists, and world premieres by Philadelphia-based choreographer Matthew Neenan and Ballet West Principal Artist Christopher Ruud.

“I have designed our 50th Anniversary season to honor the past, celebrate the present, and keep an eye on the future.” said Ballet West Artistic Director, Adam Sklute. “Each program this year pays homage to our founder Mr. C and all of my predecessors, while continuing to offer Utah audiences the new and exciting repertoire that keeps Ballet West a forerunner in American ballet.”

Ticket prices range from $42 to $274. To become a season subscriber, contact Ballet West’s Subscriber Services Department at (801) 869-6900 or visit www.balletwest.org

PROGRAM 1 – November 8, 9 and 13-16, 2013
AT KINGSBURY HALL

The Firebird (Major Revival)
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography (1967): Willam Christensen

Petite Mort
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreography (1991): Jiri Kylian
Ballet West Premiere: 2012

Who Cares? (Revival)
Music: George Gershwin

Choreography (1970): George Balanchine
Ballet West Premiere: 2001

Ballet West takes its Fall program back to where it all began—Kingsbury Hall.  Held at the birthplace of Ballet West, the Company’s 50th kicks off with 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.” 

PROGRAM 2
The Nutcracker
– November 29 - December 28, 2013
The Nutty Nutcracker – December 30

Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky
Choreography (1955): Willam Christensen

Ballet West rings 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, Ballet West brings back the ever popular Nutty Nutcracker on December 30.  


PROGRAM 3 – February 7, 8 and 12-15, 2014
The Sleeping Beauty
 
Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky

Choreography (2011): Conceived and Produced after Marius Petipa by Adam Sklute
First Ballet West Production: 1986


Ballet West adds a touch of romance to the 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.


PROGRAM 4 – April 11, 12 and 16-19, 2014
The Rite of Spring
(World Premiere)
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: Nicolo Fonte

Divertimento No. 15 (Revival)
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreography (1956): George Balanchine
Ballet West Premiere: 1990

Forgotten Land (Utah Premiere)
Music: Benjamin Britten
Choreography (1981): Jiri Kylian

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.

 

PROGRAM 5
Innovations 2014 –
May 16, 17 and 21-24, 2014
AT THE ROSE WAGNER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER


World Premiere – Ballet West Principal Artist Christopher Ruud
Three New Creations – Ballet West Artists, to be announced
World Premiere – Philadelphia-based choreographer Matthew Neenan

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