Ballet West Announces Unprecedented 2012-13 Season

Extraordinary Performance Year Includes Five World Premieres and Two Utah Premieres

SALT LAKE CITY – Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute is pleased to announce Ballet West’s 2012-13 season line-up. With new creations, audience favorites, and great classics, this year’s repertoire brings something for everyone and highlight the versatility, technical brilliance, and dramatic flair of the company’s world-class artists.

Ballet West opens its season with a compelling world premiere by Val Caniparoli – The Lottery, based on Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. Commissioned exclusively by Ballet West and set to a new musical score by Robert Moran, The Lottery promises to be both fascinating and terrifying. It will also be a groundbreaking dancer/audience interactive experience, with the audience finding out the secret before the dancers - Not to be missed! This exciting triple-bill will also include the return of Nicolo Fonte’s critically acclaimed audience favorite, Bolero, to music by Maurice Ravel, and the revival and reworking of Helen Pickett's But Never Doubt I Love, set to music by Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt.  In December the magic continues with Utah’s favorite holiday tradition – Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker. In February, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ballet West unveils a sparkling and opulent new production of Cinderella by the great Sir Frederick Ashton, complete with the heart-stopping score by Sergei Prokofiev. In the spring, Ballet West presents Jewels, a Utah premiere showcasing George Balanchine’s masterful choreography in a radiant triple bill. Known as the first abstract full-length work, this exquisite ballet is presented in three acts—Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds – each evoking a dramatically different mood.  Ballet West’s season concludes with Innovations 2013, spotlighting new works by Ballet West artists including the revival of Christopher Ruud’s 2011 Trapped and a world premiere by emerging choreographer Jodie Gates. 

“Our 2012-2013 Season is going to be utterly spectacular.” said Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “Whether you are a seasoned ballet patron or novice to the art form, this year's repertoire will delight and fascinate you with its magic, athleticism and beauty.”

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An evening to remember! Ballet West’s annual Gala is the perfect opportunity to help raise the funds necessary to support Ballet West’s education and outreach programs while experiencing the perfect evening of dance. This exclusive, one-night-only event presents exciting previews and showstoppers in a one-hour program.

PROGRAM 1 – November 2, 3 and 7-10, 2012

But Never Doubt I Love
Music: Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt

Choreography: Helen Pickett
Costume Design: David Heuvel

The Lottery (World Premiere), based on Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"
Music: Robert Moran
Choreography: Val Caniparoli 
Set & Costume Design: Sandra Woodall 

Music: Maurice Ravel
Choreography: Nicolo Fonte
Set Design: Michael Mazzola
Costumes: Mark Zappone 

Based on Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” this world premiere by former Ballet West resident choreographer Val Caniparoli tells the story of a quiet American town with a frightening secret.  This exciting triple-bill also includes the return of Nicolo Fonte’s audience favorite, Bolero, to music by Maurice Ravel.  Rounding out the program is the revival and reworking of Helen Pickett’s But Never Doubt I Love. Set to music by Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt, this work was originally created for Ballet West’s 2010 Innovations program. It is at once sleek in look but profoundly romantic and emotional in feel. 

PROGRAM 2 – November 30 - December 29, 2012The Nutcracker
Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Willam Christensen
Scenery: Ariel Ballif
Costume Design: David Heuvel

Ballet West rings in the holidays with the 56th edition of Willam Christensen’s beloved production of The Nutcracker.  Hailed by New York Times Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay as “one of the best production I’ve ever seen,” Ballet West’s The Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and a brilliant blend of costumes, sets and choreography to create a magical storybook world.

PROGRAM 3 – February 14-17 and 20-23, 2013
(Utah Premiere)
Music: Serge Prokofiev
Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton
Lighting Design: Scott Kepley and Wendy Ellis Somes
Set and Costume Design: David Walker

This season, Ballet West outdoes itself with a sparkling new production of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella. Complete with a heart-stopping musical score by Sergei Prokofiev, this classic fairytale is filled with romance and comedy, mesmerizing dance, and hilarious fun for the entire family. Beautiful and grand, funny and touching, Ashton’s Cinderella has been called the perfect ballet experience for newcomers, young audiences and seasoned aficionados.  This season, Ballet West becomes the second company in America to present this opulent spectacle.

PROGRAM 4 – April 13, 14, 18,-21, 2013
(Utah Premiere)
Choreography: George Balanchine
Costumes after original Karinska designs

Music: Gabriel Faure

Music: Igor Stravinsky 

Music: Peter Tchaikovsky

Ballet West’s glorious spring production opens with the Utah premiere of George Balanchine’s masterful full evening trilogy Jewels. Known as the first abstract full-length work, this beautiful ballet is presented in three acts. Emeralds, set to the lush music of Gabriel Fauré, evokes the hushed intrigue and romance of the French courts. Rubies, a high velocity romp to Igor Stravinsky’s fast-paced, jazz-infused score, mirrors the carefree spontaneity of 1920’s New York. Diamonds is Balanchine's dazzling tribute to the Imperial Russian Ballet and the work of Marius Petipa with the music of Peter Tchaikovsky. With this presentation, Ballet West joins the greatest companies in the world. From the New York City Ballet to the Paris Opera Ballet to the San Francisco Ballet to Russia's Maryinsky Ballet, Jewels is a supreme showpiece for major ballet companies around the world.


Innovations 2013,
May 17, 18 and 22-25, 2013

Since its inception, Ballet West’s Innovations has become a platform for up-and-coming American choreographers and a fascinating exploration into new and cutting-edge artistic territory. This year’s Innovations 2013 will spotlight more new creations by Ballet West artists and the revival of Christopher Ruud’s 2011 Trapped with some surprising and intriguing changes. The program will also include a world premiere by emerging choreographer Jodie Gates, former leading dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and The Frankfurt Ballet in Germany.

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