World premiere choreography in an intimate setting.

Ballet West’s Choreographic Festival continues to inspire creative works in this thrilling program dedicated to new choreography and diverse voices. A world premiere for Ballet West by esteemed choreographer Edwaard Liang, expanded works by Ballet West Company dancers Emily Adams, Katlyn Addison, and Trevor Naumann, and a United States premiere of Sophie Laplane’s new work, Sibilo, performed by guest company Scottish Ballet come together for an exciting program of dance in The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

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Additional Festival Events

Wednesday, May 8 at 7 pm at the Rose, Ballet West will screen Danseur, a recently released independent film from Scott Gormley that explores gender inequality in ballet, and shines a light on bullying, homophobia, and other barriers for young men in the industry. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Afterward, dance teacher and journalist Kate Mattingly will lead a panel discussion with Adam Sklute and Ballet West dancers. 

May 9, 10, and 11 – Ticket holders are also encouraged to attend Warm-Ups in the Rose Room. These free educational lectures, one hour before evening performances will be hosted by the following Artistic Directors, choreographers, and dancers:

  • May 9 – Adam Sklute, Christopher Hampson (Scottish Ballet CEO and Artistic Director), Sophie Laplane (Scottish Ballet choreographer), and Edwaard Liang
  • May 10 – Adam Sklute, Sophie Laplane (Scottish Ballet choreographer), Edwaard Liang, and composer Oliver Davis
  • May 11 – Adam Sklute and Ballet West dancers and choreographers Emily Adams, Katlyn Addison, and Trevor Naumann

May 8-11 – Local artists will makeover the balcony of the Rose Wagner with an exhibit, “The Art of Ballet” displaying the oil, photography, and contemporary works showing the athleticism and beauty of the art form.

May 11 – Join Ballet West to celebrate the extraordinary, 21-year career of beloved Principal Artist Christopher Ruud. The celebration will follow the closing night performance of the Choreographic Festival, Mr. Ruud’s final bow onstage with Ballet West in a new work by Edwaard Liang. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer will be served. Limited number of tickets available. Guests must be 21 or older.

May 9-11 – Students from the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy will perform The Sleeping Beauty Suite at the Marriott Center for Dance on the University of Utah campus. Tickets are available now

May 11 – Students from the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy Peggy Bergmann Park City Campus will perform their Spring Concert and Aurora’s Wedding at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts in Park City. Tickets are available now. 


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Wednesday, May 8

The Art of Ballet – Art Exhibit

Danseur Film Screening




Thursday, May 9

The Art of Ballet – Art Exhibit

Warm ups with Adam Sklute, Christopher Hampson (Scottish Ballet CEO and Artistic Director), Sophie Laplane (Scottish Ballet choreographer), and Edwaard Liang

Choreographic Festival performance

Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy Performance








Friday, May 10

The Art of Ballet – Art Exhibit

Warm ups with Adam Sklute, Sophie Laplane (Scottish Ballet choreographer), Edwaard Liang, and composer Oliver Davis

Choreographic Festival performance

Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy Performance







Saturday, May 11

The Art of Ballet – Art Exhibit

Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy Peggy Bergmann Park City Campus performance – matinee

Choreographic Festival performance – matinee

Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy performance – matinee

Warm ups with Adam Sklute and Ballet West dancers and choreographers Emily Adams, Katlyn Addison, and Trevor Naumann

Choreographic Festival performance

Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy Peggy Bergmann Park City Campus performance – matinee

Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy Performance



















Artist Bios

Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet, founded in 1969, is Scotland’s national dance company. In 2019 the company celebrates 50 years of inspiring audiences on stage and beyond, with a creative vision crafted by Scotland. Based in Glasgow, the company performs regularly across Scotland, the UK and internationally – promoting Scotland’s pioneering spirit far and wide. Under CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet presents bold, adventurous performances rooted in strong classical technique, usually accompanied by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. The company’s broad repertoire includes new versions of the classics and ground-breaking commissions, as well as an innovative digital season every two years. An extensive engagement program, tailored to the needs of diverse communities, promotes confidence, fosters well-being and encourages creativity through dance.

Sophie Laplane

Choreographer, Sibilo

Sophie Laplane was born in Paris, France and trained at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and Paris Opera Ballet School before joining Scottish Ballet in 2004. While dancing with Scottish Ballet, Sophie was given the opportunity to showcase her first choreographic piece: Oxymore was commissioned by CEO & Artistic Director Christopher Hampson and performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013. Sophie’s unique creative vision and undoubted natural ability as a choreographer would attract three further commissions: Maze, Sibilo, and the 360-degree film A Perfect Place (in collaboration with BBC Arts) during the remainder of her time at Scottish Ballet. In June 2017, Sophie retired from dancing and became Scottish Ballet’s Artist in Residence – Choreographer. In addition to works created for Scottish Ballet, she has created a number of independent pieces, including works for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Project Y Scotland Persist!, and the National Youth Ballet UK where her piece Watusi was shown at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London in September 2018. Her final piece for 2018 was Vis-à-Vis, a duet created for the New York Choreographic Institute after being selected for the Fall Session. Sophie has also taken part in the 2018 Women in Dance Leadership Conference in New York where she presented her duet The Duel. In March 2019 she premiered CLICK! for Ballet Black at The Barbican in London, and Sibilo will have its US premiere in Salt Lake City in May 2019. She is currently undertaking an MA in Choreography at Central School of Ballet, London.

Emily Adams

Choreographer, But A Dream
Ballet West Principal Artist

Emily Adams grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and has been a Principal Artist with Ballet West for the past four seasons.  She joined Ballet West II in 2005 after graduating from the Professional Children’s School and the School of American Ballet in NYC. She performed with Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in June 2007, and joined Ballet West as a company artist that fall. She was promoted to Demi Soloist in 2011, to Soloist in 2013, and to Principal Artist in 2015. She is married to former Ballet West dancer, Beau Pearson, and is the co-owner and co-founder of State of Bodhi, a sustainable lifestyle brand. 

Emily received the Utah Arts Festival’s 2017 Choreographic Commission for which she choreographed Laden with RUUDDANCES LLC.  Laden is now performed by Ballet West II as a part of their repertoire. She has created four ballets for Ballet West’s Innovations programs- Homage (2015), Mixed Signals (2014), Forces at Play (2012), and Regarding Us (2011).  As a student at SAB, she created pieces for the Student Choreographic Workshop and was invited by Peter Martins to participate in the 2004 Spring New York Choreographic Institute.

Katlyn Addison

Choreographer, Hidden Voices
Ballet West First Soloist

Previously a member of Houston Ballet, Katlyn is now a First Soloist with Ballet West where she has danced since 2011. Born in Ontario, Canada, Katlyn started her professional training at the age of ten with the National Ballet School of Canada and continued her training with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy. In 2008, she was awarded the Sarah Chapin Langham Award at Youth America Grand Prix and was invited to perform at YAGP Gala that same year.

Katlyn has performed numerous principal and has worked with many renowned chorographers such as Stanton Welch, Ben Stevenson, Kenneth Oberly, Jiří Kylián, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, and many others.   She has performed in world premieres including Christopher Bruce’s Grinning In Your Face and Stanton Welch’s Medieval Babes with Houston Ballet, as well as Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery and Dances for Lou, Nicolo Fonte’s The Rite of Spring and Carmina Burana , and Africa Guzman’s Sweet and Bitter  with Ballet West.

Katlyn has choreographed for Ballet West Academy, YAGP competitors, AVA Ballet Theater, artEmotion Adult Summer Program, and Dance Tech.  In 2015, Katlyn choreographed The Hunt for Ballet West’s Innovations Program. 

Katlyn also acted in a Miu Miu “Woman’s Tales” short film that premiered at the Venice Film Festival and on the Prada Miu Miu website in 2017.  

Trevor Naumann

Choreographer, disquiet
Ballet West Demi-Soloist

Raised in New Paltz, New York, Trevor Naumann received his training from the New Paltz School of Ballet and the School of American Ballet. Among his most influential teachers are Jock Soto, Nikolaj Hubbe, Peter Boal, and Peter Martins, as well as his mother and father, Peter and Lisa Naumann, both of whom are New York City Ballet alumni.  Trevor joined Ballet West II in 2009, and the main company in 2011. Disquiet is his third choreographic work on Ballet West. 

Edwaard Liang

Choreographer, Constant Light

A former dancer with New York City Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, Edwaard Liang has built an international reputation as a choreographer. Over the last decade, he has created work for the Bolshoi Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kirov Ballet, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and Washington Ballet.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Marin County, California, Mr. Liang began his dance training at age five with Marin Ballet. After studying at the School of American Ballet, he joined New York City Ballet in 1993. That same year, he was a medal winner at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition and won the Mae L. Wien Award. By 1998, he was promoted to Soloist. In 2001, Mr. Liang joined the Tony Award® winning Broadway cast of Fosse. His performance in Fosse was later televised nationally on PBS’ Great Performances series – “Dance in America: From Broadway: Fosse,” and subsequently released on DVD. By 2002, Mr. Liang was invited by Jiri Kylian to become a member of the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater 1.

While dancing with NDT 1, Mr. Liang discovered his passion and love for choreography. Since establishing himself as a choreographer, his works have been performed by dance companies around the world and he has won numerous awards for his choreography including the 2006 National Choreographic Competition.

In 2013, Mr. Liang was named Artistic Director at BalletMet where he continues to choreograph new works for companies both domestically and abroad. In 2017, he received an Emmy® Award for his short dance film, “Vaulted.” In 2018, he created a new ballet with Roberto Bolle for the opening of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

casting – subject to change

Choreography by Sophie Laplane
Performed by Artists of Scottish Ballet:
Constance Devernay, Thomas Edwards, Sophie Martin, Bruno Micchiardi, Barnaby Rook-Bishop, Rimbaud Patron, Claire Souet, Anna Williams


But a Dream
Choreography by Emily Adams
The Dreamer: David Huffmire
The Racer: Olivia Gusti
The Fighter: Paige Adams
The Players: Alexander MacFarlan, Ronald Tilton
The Seekers: Arolyn Williams, Tyler Gum, Jordan Veit (5/10, 5/11 mat. Christopher Sellars)


Hidden Voices
Choreography by Katlyn Addison

5/9, 5/11 EVE
Hadriel Diniz, Alexander MacFarlan, Gabrielle Salvatto, Joshua Whitehead
Allison DeBona, Jenna Rae Herrera, Amber Miller, Chase O’Connell, Sayaka Ohtaki, Beckanne Sisk, Rex Tilton

5/10, 5/11 MAT
Hadriel Diniz, Jenna Rae Herrera, Alexander MacFarlan, Joshua Whitehead
Adrian Fry, Chelsea Keefer, Amber Miller, Chase O’Connell, Sayaka Ohtaki, Gabrielle Salvatto


Choreography by Trevor Naumann
Dominic Ballard, Lindsay Bond, Katie Critchlow, Lucas Horns, David Huffmire, Emily Neale, Kazlyn Nielsen


Constant Light
Choreography by Edwaard Liang

5/9, 5/11 EVE
Emily Adams, Katlyn Addison, Katie Critchlow, Hadriel Diniz, Adrian Fry, David Huffmire, Olivia Gusti,
Tyler Gum, Chelsea Keefer, Emily Neale, Chase O’Connell, Christopher Ruud, Beckanne Sisk, Jordan Veit

5/10, 5/11 MAT
Emily Adams, Lindsay Bond, Hadriel Diniz, Jenna Rae Herrera, Lucas Horns, David Huffmire, Alexander MacFarlan,
Amber Miller, Trevor Naumann, Sayaka Ohtaki, Gabrielle Salvatto, Christopher Sellars, Rex Tilton, Arolyn Williams