Ballet West Returns to Aspen with Four New Pieces
Ballet West to present Aspen with four pieces designed by world-renown choreographers
SALT LAKE CITY (July 21, 2014) — Salt Lake City’s Ballet West will return to the stages of the Aspen District Theatre with four new pieces choreographed by world-renown choreographers Nicolo Fonte, George Balanchine and Jodie Gates. This four-piece show will include the elegant Divertimento No. 15, Presto, Rubies Pas De Deux and Mercurial Landscapes.
“We are thrilled to return to Aspen and delight the city with a night filled of graceful entertainment and classic ballet,” says Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute, who performed in the groundbreaking 1987 Joffrey Ballet reconstruction of the “lost” 1913 original. “The evening will open with the Ballet West revival and intensely dramatic work of Balanchine’s lovely and pure classic to balance the entire program.”
Divertimento No. 15
Balanchine considered Mozart’s Divertimento No.15 in B flat one of the finest pieces of music ever written. As always, the choreographer’s sensitivity to music is unparalleled, creating delicate variations of unassuming elegance. The ballet was choreographed in 1956 and is structurally quite unusual as it showcases five principal women and three men, with an ensemble of eight women. “Divertimento #15 is pure bliss,” says Sklute, “ it is like a cool, lovely, perfumed, breeze for the soul. But don’t be mistaken, the soft elegance of this ballet masks a fiendishly difficult work that challenges the dancers to the greatest degree.”
“Presto”, with music by the very much in demand Italian composer Ezio Bosso, is an edgy yet passionate quartet for 2 principal dancers and 2 soloists.
Rubies Pas De Deux
Rubies attacks the senses and gets the blood pounding. With its daring and almost reckless sense of abandon, it brings us into a wild 1920’s-era America. Igor Stravinsky composed his three-movement Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra in 1928-29. The Capriccio is, in effect, his second piano concerto and it is filled with the Jazz sounds of the time. Rubies is a breathless and exciting race to the finish line for the pianist, the orchestra and the dancers.
Mer-cu-ri-al: characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood. Mercurial describes someone whose mood or behavior is changeable and unpredictable, or someone who is clever, lively, and quick. Mercurial Landscape is a beautifully choreographed meditation for eight couples set to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
“This premise is certainly borne out in guest choreographer Jodie Gates “Mercurial Landscape” which transgressed ballet’s traditions while remaining based in the classical vocabulary. Chic costumes were the visual bridge between a deconstructed version of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and the stylistic movement that rapidly evolves through eras ending in the rhythmic counterpoint of hip hop,” said the Salt Lake Tribune.
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.