Ballet West Announces 2014-2015 Season
SALT LAKE CITY – Ballet West announces its 2014-2015 season showcasing a broad spectrum of dance featuring some of the greatest choreography of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
“This season is about exploring the magic and details of the great classics while celebrating the masterworks of the mid 20th century and reaching uncharted territory with new, cutting-edge creations.” Says Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West.
“This season we also celebrate the future of Ballet West with an exciting vision of growth,” says Sklute, citing the new Jesse Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre that is nearing completion and a Ballet West Academy satellite which will be opening in Utah County.
The 2014/15 season opens November 7-15 with the premiere of Adam Sklute’s newly conceived version of Giselle set to the romantic music of Adolphe Adam. Giselle is ballet’s first ghost story – a tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness from beyond the grave. “In re-working Giselle, I want to stay true to this brilliant classic that has stood the test of time,” Sklute says, “But I want to delve into the psychology of the characters more, what drives Giselle to madness? Why does she die? Why does she come back as the ghostly spirit – a willi – and forgive the man who betrayed her?” “The original 1841 Coralli and Perrot choreography is sublime, my goal is to add greater understanding and dimension to the theatricality.”
Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker is nearing it’s 60th year and is a beloved holiday tradition for generations of Utah families. Considered one of the best “Nutcracker” productions by the New York Times, it is also the longest running in America. When Clara’s magical nutcracker prince comes to life, he takes her on a journey to meet an array of delightful characters. Set to the famous Tchaikovsky score, The Nutcracker will run December 5-31.
Sklute’s 2010 production of Swan Lake makes its triumphant return February 6-14. Hailed by critics as “Simply stunning”, “Dazzling”, “A production audiences will treasure”, the ballet tells the tale of a sad prince, an evil sorcerer, a beautiful woman turned swan and the triumph of true love. With heart stopping music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake is the quintessential ballet. “ Principal Ballet Mistress, Pamela Robinson Harris, Ballet Master the late Mark Goldweber, and I worked hard to bring out the passion, drama and spectacle that is inherent to this masterpiece,” Says Sklute, “But we also maintained much of the well known 1895 Petipa/Ivanov choreography and construction.” “The result is not only a tour de force for the lead characters but one for the entire company.”
On April 10-18, the company shows off its versatility and power with a triple-bill program entitled Almost Tango. Featuring the Ballet West premiere of Nicolo Fonte’s ballet by the same name, the stylish, contemporary work explores relationships with evocative romantic interludes and dynamic, powerful dancing. Opening the program is George Balanchine’s joyous and fast-paced Square Dance that humorously mixes the Baroque strains of Vivaldi and Corelli with a live American square dance caller. Also on the program is the Ballet West revival of William Forsythe’s brilliantly innovative 1987 In the Middle… Somewhat Elevated first created for The Paris Opera Ballet, the work is in the repertoires of major company repertoires word-wide. With a pulsating electronic score, the ballet is strong, sexy, athletic, severe and beautiful – truly one of the masterpieces of the late 20th century.
The season closes with BW’s annual Innovations May 15-23. Set in the more intimate Jeanné Wagner Theatre, audiences can get an up-close look at their favorite dancers and a greater sense for the control, muscle, and even sweat that accompany the art form. The program includes Nicolo Fonte’s sleek and glamorous Presto, created for Ballet West’s 50th Anniversary Galaand a world-premiere by Utah native and internationally rising choreographer Garrett Smith. Also on the program will be three shorter works by Ballet West Artists to be named at a later date.
Season tickets are on sale now and range from $49-$289. To purchase season tickets, call 801-869-6900 or visit www.balletwest.org. Single-ticket prices range from $30-$80 and go on sale for Giselle starting October 6, 2014.
The annual Performance Gala takes place November 1, 2014, prior to the commencement of the 2014-2015 season. The Gala features sneak previews, solos, pas de deux and excerpts to raise funds for Ballet West’s highly respected education and outreach programs. For reservations to the Gala, call the Ballet West Special Event hotline at 801-869-6917.