BALLET WEST RETURNS TO THE STAGE WITH TWYLA THARP’S NINE SINATRA SONGS

Salt Lake City, UT— Ballet West is thrilled to return to the stage for the opening of the 57th season with a triple bill featuring one of Twyla Tharp’s most popular works, Nine Sinatra Songs, November 6-14. To allow for generous social distancing, the program will have eight performances at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre with tickets starting at just $26.
The program opens with the world premiere of Jennifer Archibald’s Tides. Combining classical ballet with elements of modern dance and hip-hop, Tides is a powerful exploration of the constant state of change we find ourselves in the world today. A graduate of The Ailey School, Archibald’s ballets are known for their dynamism and raw athleticism; “I don’t want to make dancer’s look like a butterfly,” she recently remarked. “I want to showcase the power of a female ballerina.” Ballet West audiences witnessed this fierce movement when she presented her world premiere work, Myoho on the Cincinnati Ballet as part of Ballet West’s Choreographic Festival in 2018.

The program continues with yet another world premiere by Ballet West Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte. Faraway Close is a moving, introspective portrait of human interaction during these challenging times. A master of creating relationships on stage that tell deeply emotional stories, “he is a storyteller first, and a brilliant choreographer second,” said the Deseret News after he presented an all new Carmina Burana in 2017.

Both Archibald and Fonte have created their new ballets in ‘pods’ with the dancers working on the choreography with masks on, in separate groups. Physical partnering and close contact is only between married or household couples. “Our dancers and choreographers have been ecstatic to return to the studios safely,” said Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “Using ingenuity and creativity, our artists create art and–with our careful precautions in the theater and on the stage–we are blessed to be able to perform for our public”.
Closing the show is the Ballet West revival of Twyla Tharp’s iconic Nine Sinatra Songs. In a glittering ballroom, seven glamorous couples interact with romance, humor, irony, and charm as they swing, tango, and cha-cha while being serenaded by the “Chairman of the Board,” Frank Sinatra.

“Twyla’s work in Nine Sinatra Songs is elegant, funny, and ultimately deeply moving. It is sure to send people home feeling good,” said Sklute. “Indeed, the whole program is a celebration of our humanity and a testament that the human spirit can transcend”.

The COVID-19 Impacted Businesses Grant Program, known as Shop in Utah allows Ballet West to apply a 40 percent discount to every ticket, while supplies last, making some seats as low as $21.00. Patrons may use promotional code SIU409SS when purchasing to apply the Shop in Utah discount.

All patrons will be required to wear masks in the lobby and throughout the performance. To promote physical distancing, the Capitol Theatre will only be at 20 percent capacity, leaving ample room between patrons. For more information about the extra safety precautions Ballet West is instituting, please read: www.balletwest.org/covid. With limited capacity, performances will sell out quickly, tickets for Nine Sinatra Songs are now available at BalletWest.org, or by calling the Ballet West Box Office, at (801) 869-6900.
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