DON’T MISS BALLET WEST II THIS WEEKEND!

 

Salt Lake City, Utah – September 26, 2016– Ballet West II will grace the stage of Rose Wagner Theater for just three performances with an exciting program of contemporary and classical works on October 14-15, 2016. Ballet West II was unveiled in 2004 and recently has toured the country to great success, this will be the first time they have had a dedicated program in Salt Lake City. The second company is comprised of pre-professionals from around the globe, and has been critically lauded for their physicality and diverse repertoire.

“Ballet West II has established a reputation of its own as an elite touring ensemble,” said CEO and Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “The dancers are remarkably gifted; currently 25 dancers of Ballet West’s main Company have come out of Ballet West II including four of our Principals and five Soloists. Many others have gone on to dance with some of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world.” On a recent tour, the Cedar Rapids Gazette said, “Ballet West II’s eclectic program brought thrilling moments of the classical ballet tradition, as well as modern works by emerging choreographers and a little acid rock infused with plenty of attitude.”

Sklute adds, “Director Calvin Kitten and Associate Director, Peggy Dolkas, have a deep and powerful knowledge of ballet and ballet training.” Kitten, a 19-year veteran of The Joffrey Ballet, has two Ruth Page Awards, and has been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. He was Assistant Professor of Ballet at the University of Utah from 2010 to 2015. Dolkas was a beloved Soloist with Ballet West from 2003 to 2010. Prior to joining Ballet West II’s leadership staff, she was Ballet Mistress for Nevada Ballet Theater for three seasons. During their performing careers, both Kitten and Dolkas were named by Dance Magazine in their coveted list of “25 Dancers to Watch.”

At the Rose Wagner, the troupe will perform a mixed bill of rarely seen classics and bold new works that will highlight the dancers impressive and diverse talents. The repertoire includes:

  • Early 19th Century Danish master August Bournonville’s Napoli Variations and Tarantella opens the program. This sunny, upbeat, and technically demanding piece showcases the strength, fast precise footwork, and charm of the entire Ballet West II troupe, and is a tribute to folk dances in Southern Italy.
  • Ballet West Principal, Christopher Ruud says his earliest memory is watching his dad create and perform Mobile. Tomm Ruud choreographed the piece for three dancers who perform it entirely within a circle measuring just ten feet in diameter. It is set to the music of Aram Khachaturian’s Gayane Ballet Suite, made famous by the Stanley Kubrick film, “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
  • Ballet West II Associate Director Peggy Dolkas presents Are we there yet? A quirky and fascinating work that is set to a mix by DJ Robatroid for three couples. Dolkas has tooled this piece to feature the dancers’ unique fluidity and theatricality.
  • Minkus Pas de Trois, with music from Ludwig Minkus, is a spellbinding re-staging after Marius Petipa’s ballet Paquita, originally choreographed in 1847. It is an elegant compilation for three dancers that shows off their pure and controlled classical technique and glamour.

Besides frequently presenting to sold-out audiences across the United States, Ballet West II also serves as a major component for Ballet West’s Outreach and Education initiatives. Last year alone, the various programs had the troupe performing in front of over 110,000 educators and students in Utah. For members of Ballet West II, this is an unprecedented opportunity to gain experience alongside the professional Company, while helping to further Ballet West’s commitment to community education and outreach.

Ballet West II sold-out every location of its most recent tour, and with just three performances at the Rose Wagner, tickets will certainly sell out. Tickets are now available starting at just $30, at www.artsaltlake.org.