BALLET WEST PERFORMS IN THE GARDEN

DANCERS TO PRESENT DIVERSE PROGRAM OF CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY WORKS SEPTEMBER 9 AT RED BUTTE GARDEN

Ballet West will be at the Red Butte Garden to perform two new creations by internationally-recognized chorographers, Sophie Laplane and Juliano Nunes, alongside a rare, 19th-century gem by Arthur St. Léon.

“Red Butte is a wonderful community event in a casual, outdoor setting within the beauty and nature of Salt Lake,” says Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “Our programming is designed to move brightly along, giving the audience a flavor to the new and more contemporary works we do, but also the classic repertoire that is our backbone. It’s a diverse spectrum of works that stay true to our mission of always doing something for everyone.”

Opening the performance is Juliano Nunes’ world premiere for Ballet West, Orange, an expression of joy and peace. Nunes was trained at the Brazilian Dance Conservatory in Rio de Janeiro and the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany, later working with choreographers William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, and Jirí Kylián. He has created works for companies around the world and choreographed several music videos.

“Nunes said the color orange gave him solace and reminded him of a sunset, so I felt presenting his sublime and flowing new ballet Orange at that time of the evening in Red Butte Garden would create the mood and environment he envisioned for the work,” said Sklute.

Ballet West II will present Arthur St. Léon’s charming La Vivandiere Pas de Six, preserved from the mid-19th century. This lively Romantic-era suite of short dances from a lost full-length story ballet is delicate, light, and full of challenging technical demands for the dancers.

Sklute adds, “Our second company has grown into a strong performing ensemble in their own right and I wanted to show them off alongside the main company artists in this rarely-performed glimpse into ballet history.”

A tribute to the resilience and strength of dancers, Galantheae, choreographed by Sophie Laplane, will close the performance. Galantheae is the scientific name for the unique snowdrop flower that pushes its way through the frozen earth each year, battling the elements to survive. Galantheae metaphorically shows the staunch determination of ballet dancers coming out of the pandemic to create beauty and their art.

“The ballet is quirky and peculiar, but it’s also funny, upbeat and elegant all at the same time,” said Sklute. “Anyone who is into gardening will recognize the imagery as the dancers represent both plant-life and the elements. I thought it was a delightful way to close a show in glorious nature.”

Laplane has been a member of the Scottish Ballet since 2004, and their Choreographer-in-Residence since 2017. Her pieces include works for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Project Y Scotland Persist!, the National Youth Ballet UK and the New York Choreographic Institute.

The evening will also include a brief introduction from Sklute before each piece, helping to connect the audience with the show. Prior to the performance, a reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the opportunity to meet Artistic Director Adam Sklute and Executive Director Michael Scolamiero.  The event will also include food, drink and preferred seating for $85 per person.

The 22/23 Season is generously sponsored by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and Salt Lake Zoo, Arts & Parks, and Intermountain Health Care.

DATE: Sept. 9, 2022
TIMES: Gates open 6:30 p.m., Performance at 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
TICKETS: Starting at $50.00 can be purchased at redbuttegarden.org
Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Orange: Choreography by Juliano Nunes
La Vivandiere Pas de Six
: Choreography by Arthur St. Léon
Galantheae
: Choreography by Sophie Laplane

PRESS INQUIRIES
Dana Rimington, Senior Manager of Communications and Publications
drimington@balletwest.org | 801-869-6918  

ABOUT BALLET WEST  

BALLET WEST, one of America’s leading and largest ballet companies, led by Artistic Director Adam Sklute, has earned an international reputation for artistic innovation and excellence since its founding in 1963. For more than 50 years, the Salt Lake City-based Company has entertained and excited audiences in Utah and worldwide by presenting great classical ballets, historical masterpieces, and new cutting-edge creations with only the highest artistic and professional standards. The Company continues to build future ballet artists and audiences by providing classical ballet training through the Frederick Q. Lawson Ballet West Academy and its four campuses and more than 1,000 students. Ballet West also operates one of the largest outreach and education programs in the country which reaches hundreds of thousands of children and adults throughout Utah and the Intermountain Region every year.