Ballet West Returns For 22/23 Season

After a summer hiatus, Ballet West dancers are returning Aug. 1 to begin rehearsing for the company’s 59th Season, featuring five main company productions plus the Family Classics series add-on. The season will include four exciting Ballet West premieres. Performances begin in October at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capital Theater

The upcoming year marks the 15th season programmed by Artistic Director Adam Sklute, one of the nation’s leading forces in the ballet world. During his tenure, he has moved Ballet West forward with a dynamic mix of traditional classics, rarely-seen historic masterpieces, and new cutting-edge creations.  

“Throughout my tenure, I have worked hard to honor the legacy of our founder Willam Christensen while respecting the contributions of each one of my predecessors,” said Sklute. “At the same time, I work to bring our community great pieces from history and new, untried creations. My goal for every season is to present a well-balanced ‘meal’ with something for everyone.”

The 2022/23 season will open with the return of Onegin (Oct. 21 – 29), considered one of the world’s greatest story ballets, with very few companies given the rights for the production. Sklute refers to the tale as a Slavic version of Pride and Prejudice.  Following Alexander Pushkin’s narrative poem, this spellbinding production brought the audience to a standing ovation when it ran in 2019 at the Eccles Theater.   

“Onegin was such a hit with our audiences when we first presented it,” said Sklute. “It is one of the greatest story ballets of all time and with our new sets designed for The Capitol Theater, this captivating work is a must-see of the season!” 

November features the long-awaited Ballet West premiere of Rodeo (Nov. 4 – 12) created by legendary choreographer Agnes de Mille and American composer Aaron Copland. The program opens with George Balanchine’s soaring and elegant Concerto Barocco to the music of J.S. Bach followed by Jiří Kylián’s heart-stopping ode to loss and longing, Return to a Strange Land, set to the haunting piano music of Leoš Janáček.

Willam Christensen’s beloved production of The Nutcracker (Dec. 2 – 24) returns for the holidays. America’s first full production of this timeless classic continues to include children from around the community and bring joy to audiences of all ages. 

In February, Ballet West will revive Adam Sklute’s magical version of The Sleeping Beauty (Feb. 10 -18) to Tchaikovsky’s fanciful and elegant score — featuring brand-new sets designed by acclaimed French scenic artist Alain Vaes. These will be the first new sets Ballet West has produced for this popular fairy tale since the company premiered it in the late 1980s, thanks to a generous contribution from John and Andrea Miller and grant from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.

The season finale (Apr. 14 – 22) features three Ballet West premieres with two centennial celebrations: the 100th anniversary production of Bronislava Nijinska’s Les Noces (The Wedding). This rarely performed, groundbreaking masterpiece redefined how dance makers and composers alike approached ballet, music and theater. Created in collaboration with composer Igor Stravinsky, Les Noces is a dance oratorio for forty dancers, a full chorus, four solo singers, four pianos, and percussion. Its unique mix of singing, dance and music was an inspiration to Carl Orff, who wrote his Carmina Burana after seeing Les Noces. Rounding out the program is Jerome Robbins’ intimate In the Night, to Chopin Nocturnes and the complete version of Gerald Arpino’s sizzling and dynamic Light Rain — in honor of Arpino’s 100th birthday. Ballet West previously presented the central pas de deux, but not the three works in their entirety.

Additionally, the Family Classics series add-on returns with Ballet West II and students of the Ballet West Academy in Pamela Robinson-Harris’ charming one-hour production of Snow White (Apr. 7 – 8), specifically designed for children with narration, humor, and vibrant costumes.

The 2022-2023 season will include the Ballet West Orchestra, led by acclaimed music director Jared Oaks. 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.

Single tickets do not go on sale until September, so patrons are encouraged to subscribe now or renew their season subscriptions early to get best seats available. Five-show packages start at just $131.