Join Ballet West and four of America’s most esteemed ballet companies over two weekends as we celebrate another season of new works. This season, the festival will focus on the work of women choreographers and women artistic directors from around the world. Experience this unparalleled event with two different programs in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, which will feature world premieres by Africa Guzman and Natalie Weir for Ballet West.

First Weekend

  • The Washington Ballet – Led by Artistic Director Julie Kent, the company will present a rising choreographer and American Ballet Theater Corps Artist, Gemma Bond, staging a new work, MYRIAD. Her work has been called detailed and structured.
  • Richmond Ballet – Artistic Director Stoner Winslett celebrates her 38th year by commissioning Akwarium, a new creation by Katarzyna Skarpetowska. A dancer and choreographer from Poland, Skarpetowska was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” last year.
  • Ballet West –Australian choreographer Natalie Weir will be doing a new reworking of her popular Jabula, uniquely retooled specifically for Ballet West. Weir’s body of work has been described as “exhilarating and stunning.” Weir has choreographed internationally, including American Ballet Theatre and Hong Kong Ballet.

Second Weekend

  • Charlotte Ballet – Hope Muir and her company will bring the exciting, award-winning choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams, To Clear with an original commissioned score by Robert F. Haynes and Tony Lazzara.
  • Cincinnati Ballet – For the 20th anniversary of Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, the company will present Resident Choreographer Jennifer Archibald’s signature soulful movement that “investigates human behavior.”
  • Ballet West – Stages Sweet and Bitter by Spanish choreographer Africa Guzman, which was workshopped at The Joyce Theater in the Fall of 2017 and received high praise from New York media.


Adam Sklute

“This festival was born from our wildly successful Innovations series. It is a program designed to present and promote the creation of new works for the ballet stage. It is about taking chances and seeing what other companies around the country are doing as well. I am thrilled to focus this Festival on the work of women who have given so much to our art form, but who are underrepresented in ballet leadership roles.”
—Adam Sklute  



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May 17 Evening 7:30pm
May 18 Evening 7:30pm
May 19 Matinee 2:00pm
May 19 Evening 7:30pm
May 24 Evening 7:30pm
May 25 Evening 7:30pm
May 26 Matinee 2:00pm
May 26 Evening 7:30pm

VIP Experience

For those of you who choose to become a Festival Fan, support the Festival at $150 (or more) and enjoy access to the following:

  • Director’s Pointe discussions with Adam Sklute and members of the visiting artistic staff prior to each performance.
  • Observe company class with artists of Ballet West and the visiting companies on the stage of the Jeanne Wagner Theatre.
  • Access to the Donor’s Lounge on the Mezzanine Level of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (hours vary depending upon daily performance schedule).
  • Invitation to the ending Cast Party, each Saturday of the Festival.
  • Credential identifying you as a member of our Festival Fan campaign.

Please note:

  • This donation does not include performance tickets.
  • Credential required to enjoy Festival amenities. Each donation receives one credential only.
  • RSVPs required to attend Company Class and Cast Party.
  • $110 tax deductible.

To purchase the Festival Fan experience, please contact Ballet West Patron Services at 801-869-6920.