Ballet West Announces Exciting 2010-11 Season

SALT LAKE CITY – March 8, 2010 – Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute is pleased to announce Ballet West’s exciting 2010-11 season line-up – “A New Day Dawning.” From glorious classics to up-and-coming breakthroughs, Ballet West’s 2010-11 season includes a dazzling array of Utah and world premieres, as well as the return of sensational audience favorites.

John Butler’s Carmina Burana – together with George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments – will open Ballet West’s season in October. The magic continues in December with Utah’s favorite holiday tradition – The Nutcracker. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ballet West presents a spectacular new staging of The Sleeping Beauty, freshly conceived and produced by Artistic Director Adam Sklute. In the spring, Ballet West unveils three major Utah premieres – George Balanchine’s Chaconne, Jiri Kylian’s Sinfonietta and Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero, set to the famous Ravel score. Ballet West’s season concludes with Innovations, spotlighting new works by Ballet West artists and featuring collaborations with a local artists, choreographers and designers soon to be announced.

“This upcoming season is a celebration of the human body and spirit.” said Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “These are two things that are often in conflict in our society but are essential to the art of dance. Carmina Burana is a mediaeval story of conflict between the secular and the sacred paired with Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, an abstract rendering of the sprits that animate our bodies and shape our lives. The Sleeping Beauty may seem like a simple fairy tale but it contains within its innocence the age-old themes of fall and redemption as we celebrate not only the awakening of Princess Aurora from a dark spell but also her stepping into the light of dawn. The sublime and other worldly Chaconne, the exaltation of Sinfonietta and the seductive power of Bolero fill us with life-affirming hope. Add to this the holiday joy of The Nutcracker, along with Innovations, a journey of exploration into the uncharted limits of what the human body and soul can accomplish. This season, ‘A New Day Dawning,’ will leave audiences breathless.”

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Ballet West presents exciting previews and highlights during its magnificent gala performance. This exclusive one-hour show makes for the perfect evening of breath-taking performances.


PROGRAM 1 – October 29, 30 and November 3-6, 2010
Carmina Burana

Choreography: John Butler
Music: Carl Orff

The Four Temperaments
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Paul Hindemith

John Butler’s Carmina Burana – our most requested ballet by Utah audiences – is a thrilling collaboration between dancers, singers, and orchestra, set to Carl Orff’s heart-pounding score. Carmina Burana is paired with George Balanchine’s complex and inventive The Four Temperaments. Together, these two mid-Twentieth Century masterpieces create a powerful and emotionally stirring evening.


PROGRAM 2 – December 4-31, 2010
The Nutcracker

Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Willam Christensen

Ballet West rings in the holidays with Willam Christensen’s beloved production of The Nutcracker.  Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, The Nutcracker features a brilliant blend of costumes, sets and choreography to create a magical storybook world that has enchanted Utah audiences for more than 50 years.


PROGRAM 3 – February 11, 12 and 16-19, 2011
The Sleeping Beauty

Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky
Conception and Production: Adam Sklute, after original choreography by Marius Petipa

Newly conceived and produced by Artistic Director Adam Sklute, The Sleeping Beauty arrives at the Capitol Theatre stage in time for Valentine’s Day.  This timeless tale of a sleeping princess, a handsome prince, and the triumph of good over evil is set to Tchaikovsky’s soaring music with spectacular sets and costumes designed by Peter Cazalet. A must-see for you and your special someone.


PROGRAM 4 – April 8, 9 and 13-16, 2011

Music: Joseph-Maurice Ravel
Choreography: Nicolo Fonte

Music: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Choreography: George Balanchine

Music: Leos Janácek
Choreography: Jiri Kylian

This program features three major Utah premieres. Opening with the courtly elegance of George Balanchine’s classic Chaconne, it moves to the life-affirming splendor of Jiri Kylian’s Sinfonietta, and finally climaxes with the sensual power of Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero, set to the famous Ravel score.  An explosion of music and movement, this high velocity program will leave you breathless.


May 13, 14 and 18-21, 2011

Tomorrow’s ballet begins today with Innovations, presented at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Since its inception, Innovations has become a platform for some of America’s most up-and-coming choreographers.  This year’s Innovations will spotlight new works by Ballet West artists, a world premiere by a local choreographer to be announced, and for the first time, a collaboration between Ballet West and a local designer.

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