Groundbreaking Original Works Headline Ballet West's Innovations 2011 Program

 Ballet West’s fourth annual Innovations program takes the stage May 13, 14 and 18-21 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center with a fresh and exciting showcase for new and cutting edge choreography including four original works created by Ballet West dancers, for Ballet West dancers.

Ballet West Soloist Thomas Mattingly, Demi-Soloist Christopher Anderson, and Artist Emily Adams will premiere their works alongside new creations by Ballet West Principal Artist Christopher Ruud and up-and-coming New York choreographer Avichai Scher.

Creating a new work on Ballet West artists is familiar ground for Principal Artist Christopher Ruud. His 2008 ballet, titled “One,” featured a principal couple from the Company and had its world premiere performance during Ballet West’s inaugural “Innovations” program.

“Christopher Ruud was one of our first company dancers to create a ballet for ‘Innovations,’ and I was very impressed,” said Sklute. “Last year he came to me with a new proposal for a full act work. He played me the music, which was beautiful, and explained his concept, which was strong. It’s exciting to see his vision take shape.”

Sklute is also pleased to make Ballet West the first major American ballet company to present the work of rising choreographer Avichai Scher. 

“I’ve been following Avi’s work over the past few years and he has grown tremendously in scope and vision,” said Sklute. “He has attracted some of today’s most world renowned dancers to create upon, so I knew it was time to invite him to do the same for Ballet West.”

From its inception in 2007, Ballet West’s “Innovations” has enjoyed an ever-increasing public following. This year, the program will once again have an eight-performance run from May 13-21, 2011 in the intimate setting of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 West Broadway. Evening performances to Innovations begin at 7:30 p.m. on May 13, 14 and 18-21, with matinees on May 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $50 and are on sale now through ArtTix at or by calling (801) 355-ARTS.