BALLET WEST TO SCREEN THE UTAH PREMIERE OF ‘DANSEUR’

Opening the third-annual Choreographic Festival, Ballet West will present the Utah premiere of Danseur, at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 8 at 7pm. The film, about the struggles of men in pursuit of their ballet dreams, will follow a panel discussion moderated by dance journalist Kate Mattingly, with panelists Artistic Director Adam Sklute and dancers of Ballet West.

Producer and Director Scott Gormley explore the subject of masculinity in ballet after his young son was bullied while pursuing his dream of becoming a ballet dancer. The film takes on the difficult subjects of bullying, homophobia, and body image issues through the eyes of James Whitesides (American Ballet Theatre), John Lam (Boston Ballet), Harper Watters (The Houston Ballet), and Derek Dunn (Boston Ballet). Danseur has been an official selection at several film festivals, won several awards, and started a national conversation on boys in ballet. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.