Ballet West Closes Its 50th Anniversary Year With Innovations 2014
Company presents new works by some of today’s most promising choreographers
SALT LAKE CITY [May 7, 2014]—From May 16 to 24, Ballet West will leave its home stage at the Capitol Theater to perform its seventh annual INNOVATIONS in the intimate setting of the Jeanné Wagner Theatre, inside the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City.
The annual program encourages current company dancers to try their hand at choreography while also introducing new works by guest choreographers. INNOVATIONS 2014 will spotlight three new creations by Ballet West artists, and world premieres by Philadelphia-based choreographer Matthew Neenan and Ballet West Principal Artist Christopher Ruud.
The program begins with the world premiere of Matthew Neenan’s “The Sixth Beauty,” set to solo piano works by Alberto Ginastera.
“Matthew Neenan is a wonderfully musical and inventive choreographer,” said Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “He has chosen a fascinating piece of music that will add an intense quality to his work. I am excited to see how he interprets the score and how he will place our Ballet West dancers.”
Also on the bill is the unveiling of Ballet West soloist, Christopher Anderson’s “Paths,” with music Antonin Dvorak and Michael Nyman.
The program continues with the world premiere of Ballet West Artist Tyler Gum’s “Inverted Affect,” featuring original music by Gum, edited and mixed by Travis Lake with guitar improvisation by Clay Humphrey and the voice of Babe Humphrey.
Ballet West Soloist Emily Adams returns to the Innovations program for a third time with “Mixed Signals,” a compelling work featuring musical excerpts from “Calf, Cathart, and Fueled” by ISAN and
“Buzz” by B. Fleischmann, arranged by fellow Ballet West Soloist Beau Pearson.
The program concludes with “Great Souls,” a world premiere work by Principal Artist Christopher Ruud. Set to the iconic music of Ludwig van Beethoven, “Great Souls” was created for Ballet West’s 50th Anniversary season and is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
INNOVATIONS 2014 features a seven-performance run at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center on May 16, 17 and 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on May 24 at 2:00 p.m. Single tickets are $45 and are available through ArtTix at www.arttix.org or by calling (801) 355-ARTS.
About Ballet West
Ballet West boasts a rich and varied repertoire, elegant and versatile artists, and an American style and legacy that is as dynamic, expansive and unexpected as the Rocky Mountain region it represents. Ballet West has toured the world several times over presenting the very best in American classical ballet.