Ballet West Presents Exquisite Spring Triple Bill, Announces First-Ever Family Series

Ballet West presents an explosion of music and movement with three fantastic works – the exciting Grand Pas from Marius Petipa’s Paquita, the Utah premiere of George Balanchine’s lush and romantic Emeralds, and the Utah premiere of Jiri Kylian’s sensual work of genius, Petite Mort, April 13, 14 and 18-21 at the Capitol Theatre. This high velocity program will run concurrently with Ballet West’s inaugural Family Series, which will debut with three performances of The Little Mermaid, April 14 and 16.

Ballet West’s Paquita, Emeralds and Petite Mort – April 13, 14, 18-21
The evening unfolds with the Grand Pas from Marius Petipa’s Paquita, an exciting work of classical variations set to the music of Ludwig Minkus. Paquita was originally created in 1846 as a full evening story ballet but since the early 20th Century only the Grand Pas from Act III has been performed, and it has grown to be one of the most beloved and enduring classical showpieces in the world. Paquita returns to Ballet West after nearly 30 years. 

The program continues with the Utah premiere of George Balanchine’s poetic and flowing Emeralds to music by Gabriel Faure. In Faure’s luxuriant music, Balanchine saw the elegance and mystery of the French Courts of years past and he envisioned the soft quiet beauty of these green gems. Emeralds creates an abstract world of hushed secrets and yearning romance. This is the first ballet in Balanchine’s masterful full evening trilogy Jewels.

Rounding out the program is the Utah premiere of Jiri Kylian’s sensual work of genius, Petite Mort, set to two of Mozart’s most beautiful and popular piano concertos. Kylian created Petite Mort for the Salzburg Festival in commemoration of the second centenary of Mozart's death. This piece includes six men, six women, and six fencing foils. The foils are the men's real dancing partners and sometimes turn out to be more stubborn and willful than a human partner. Besides light-hearted moments with the foils, Kylian also plays with five black baroque dresses, which at times appear to exist separately from the dancers and at others to be molded to their bodies. This is the second ballet by Kylián that Ballet West is presenting and is a major addition to the company’s rich and varied repertoire.

The performances of Paquita, Emeralds and Petite Mort will be accompanied by the Utah Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Terence Kern. Single tickets range from $19 to $75 and are available through ArtTix at or by calling (801) 355-ARTS.   Discounts are also available for groups of 15 or more by calling Ballet West at (801) 869-6900.

Ballet West Presents Ballet West II in The Little Mermaid – April 14 & 16
Ballet West’s first ever Family Series makes a splash with a brand new production of The Little Mermaid, choreographed by Ballet Principal Ballet Mistress Pamela Robinson-Harris and former Ballet West Soloist Peggy Dolkas. Performed by the members of Ballet West II, this beloved fairly tale comes to life with a love-struck mermaid, a handsome prince, and a conniving sea witch. Complete with the delightful music of Leo Delibes, narration by local actress Anne Cullimore Decker, and colorful costumes, The Little Mermaid is fun for the entire family. Performances of The Little Mermaid will take place on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 and $30 and are available now through ArtTix at or by calling (801) 355-ARTS.

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