Ballet West Unveils Newly Conceived and Produced "Swan Lake"

SALT LAKE CITY – January 19, 2010 – Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute is pleased to announce his newly conceived and produced staging of “Swan Lake,” February 12, 13 and 17–20 at the Capitol Theatre, 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City. Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and based on the choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, “Swan Lake” is considered one of the most beloved ballets of all time.

“I wanted to produce a new yet still classic version of ‘Swan Lake’ – one that fleshes out the drama inherent in the story but which sometimes gets lost in the ballet,” said Sklute. “I’ve returned to some of the original concepts from the first Maryinsky production while instilling it with some of my own ideas. This strengthens the characters’ identities and brings out the reasons for the story unfolding in the way that it does.”

For Ballet West’s new version of “Swan Lake,” Sklute enlisted the expertise of the Company’s his Artistic Staff.  Ballet Master/Director of Ballet West II Mark Goldweber is staging Acts 1 and 3 and Principal Ballet Mistress Pamela Robinson-Harris staging Acts 2 and 3 – the “White Acts.”

"I am absolutely thrilled with the version of staging that has emerged, which in some places even includes material newly choreographed by Mark and Pam,” said Sklute. “Add to this the unique input I’ve received from the Principal Artists and the end result is a grand collaboration, which is exactly what will make this version of ‘Swan Lake’ come to life.”

Additionally, Sklute is bringing in great American ballerina Cynthia Gregory to coach this production. A product of the Christensen brothers – Ballet West Founder Willam Christensen, along with Lew and Harold – Gregory is considered one of America’s definitive Odette/Odiles.

“Bringing in guest coaches like Cynthia to share her great knowledge and experiences is very important,” said Sklute. “It allows the artists to work with living legends, which is exciting and enlivening to them, and this ultimately this shows in their performances.”

The eight performances of Swan Lake will be accompanied by the Utah Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Terence Kern.  Evening performances on February 12, 13 and 17-20 will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the matinees on February 13 and 20 begin at 2:00 p.m.

“Swan Lake is a classic—like a Shakespeare play is a classic—and it can be staged in a variety of different ways,” said Sklute. “But the finished product will always include the gorgeous Tchaikovsky music, the choreographic framework of Petipa and Ivanov, and a story that is as immortal as the love between Odette and Siegfried.”

In conjunction with the performances of “Swan Lake,” 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 performance. 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 might have.

Tickets to Ballet West’s “Swan Lake” range from $18 - $72 and are available through ArtTix at www.arttix.org, by calling 355-ARTS (2787), or at the Capitol Theatre ticket office.

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