Salt Lake City, UT— Ballet West returns to live, in-person programming with Precious Gems, a sparkling mixed-repertory program April 9-17 with seven performances at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre. Tickets will go on sale April 1 for Ballet West Members and (if available)  to the public on April 2. This program replaces The Dream and Bolero, which is not possible to stage due to restrictions caused by the pandemic.  

Precious Gems is a glittering jewel box of dynamic solos, duets, and small ensembles,” said Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “From elegant classical works to romantic contemporary pieces, the program will highlight the strength and beauty of the artists and the broad and diverse repertoire Ballet West has become known for.”

The program includes eight short excerpted pieces including a section from Val Caniparoli’s fan favorite Lambarena, a work that fuses the classicism of Bach with traditional African dance and music. Also being presented are Variations for Four, Anton Dolin’s thrilling pyrotechnical showpiece for four men, the program finishes with the rousing classic, Paquita by Marius Petipa as staged by Elena Kunikova.

Precious Gems is generously sponsored by the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation.

“In the fall, we successfully produced a program of mostly new creations designed to bring live art into the theater for our challenging time,” said Sklute. “In the same manner, this program is created with the health and safety of our artists and audiences alike. Where the fall focused on more contemporary work, I wanted this program to have a more classical flair. I am also thrilled to welcome back live music to the show with some sections using members of the Ballet West Orchestra and a singer.”

In late April, Pamela Robinson-Harris’ The Glass Slipper will debut for just three performances April 23-24. This world premiere was created specifically with current restrictions in mind and is replacing The Little Mermaid. Part of the Family Classics Series, The Glass Slipper brings the Cinderella fairy tale to life and is performed by Ballet West II and the Ballet West Academy. The program features guided narration so that the youngest audience members can enjoy the drama on stage. This year, for the first time, Ballet West is proud to present The Glass Slipper with Spanish translation during the April 24, 5:00 pm performance. Single tickets will be on sale for Ballet West members on April 9 and available to the public on April 10.

Finally, the season concludes with exciting new works during the Ballet West Choreographic Festival, Wednesday May 12-16. Once again, audiences will see dancers and choreographers exploring their art form in intriguing and cutting-edge new creations. This year, the festival will showcase an exciting first-time collaboration between two Utah arts icons, the Sundance Institute and Ballet West. Principal Artist Emily Adams and Katy Jarzebowski, an alumna of Sundance Institute’s Music Film Program, have been commissioned by Ballet West to create a new ballet with original choreography and a music score for a world premiere work. 

Matthew Neenan returns to Ballet West to create a world premiere. Neenan’s inventive and contemplative work has appeared around the globe, including Ballet West, where in 2014, he choreographed The Sixth Beauty, which The New York Times said, “possessed soulfulness and life.”

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