Artistic Impact Fund

Ballet West invites you to play a leading role with the Company, by making a one-time or multi-year pledge in support of the Artistic Impact Fund. Choose to direct your gift to support one of Ballet West’s artistic initiatives: Commissioning New Works, Commissioning New Productions, and Sponsoring National and International Touring.


Commissioning New Works

Ballet West prioritizes commissioning new works to advance both artistry and athleticism in the field of ballet. The company consistently commissions seasoned and emerging choreographers, costume designers, set and scenic designers, and composers.

Upcoming New Commissions:

  • The Way of the Rain, choreographed by Ballet West Principal Artist Emily Adams, will debut at the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City in August 2019. The piece is a collaboration with Sibylle Szaggars Redford, the Utah Symphony, and the Madeleine Choir School.
  • A new work choreographed by Matthew Neenan will premiere at Ballet West’s Choreographic Festival in May 2020.
  • A new work choreographed by Jennifer Archibald will premiere at Ballet West’s Choreographic Festival in May 2020.

Commissioning New Productions

In addition to new works, Ballet West also commissions new full-length productions, which may include a combination of original (or re-staged) choreography, new sets and scenery, and new costumes. New productions are truly an investment for Ballet West in the company’s future, as they may remain in the company repertory for many years to come.

 Upcoming New Productions:

  • Snow White, the newest addition to Ballet West’s Family Classics series, will feature original choreography by Principal Ballet Master Pamela Robinson and Ballet West II Associate Director Peggy Dolkas, as well as costumes by Costume Production Director David Heuvel. Artists of Ballet West II will take this new production on tour throughout the western U.S. after its November 2019 debut at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. More than ninety new costumes will be created for the ballet, along with original sets.
  • Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was originally staged at Ballet West in 1985 by John Hart, CBE, just before he was named the company’s third artistic director. Ballet West will now refurbish the ballet’s 40+ costumes, as well as sets and scenery, for a new mounting of the classic production to be unveiled in April 2020.
  • Nicolo Fonte, Ballet West’s Resident Choreographer, will create a brand new full-length production of Medea to premiere in the fall of 2020. The tragic ballet, inspired by the Greek mythological figure and set to a score by Samuel Barber, will take audiences on an emotional journey of love, triumph, and revenge. Costume Production Director David Heuvel will design seven new costumes for the ballet; new sets will also be commissioned.

National and International Touring

National and international tours promote Ballet West, and its reputation for incredibly talented artists, to a broader audience. Touring opportunities undergo vigorous review and financial modeling by Ballet West staff, and are pursued only if financially viable. As such, your support for touring initiatives both affects the viability of future tours and advances the mission and reputation of Ballet West on the national and international stage.

Touring Opportunities for the 2019-2020 Season:

Laguna Dance Festival
Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine, California 
September 28, 2019

Ballet West will perform Sweet and Bitter by Africa Guzman and selections from Rubies by George Balanchine


TBA (will be announced in July)
TBA, New York, New York*
September 29, 2019

Ballet West will participate in a lecture/presentation on the U.S. premiere of George Balanchine’s Le Chant du Rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale), which the company will debut in Salt Lake City in October 2019.

*A donor tour to New York City will be offered in conjunction with this opportunity, September 27-29, 2019.


The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation presents Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker
Atwood Concert Hall, Anchorage, Alaska

November 29 – December 1, 2019


California State University, Northridge; Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Northridge, California
February 4, 2020


University of Minnesota, Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
February 22-23, 2020


Artistic Impact Fund Donors

Ballet West thanks the following donors for their generous support of one (or more) of the three Artistic Impact Fund initiatives: Commissioning New Works, Commissioning New Productions, and National and International Touring.

2019-20 Season
Kathie and Charles Horman
Barbara Barrington Jones
Barbara Levy Kipper

2018-19 Season
Kathie and Charles Horman
Barbara Barrington Jones
Barbara Levy Kipper
Hank and Diane Louis
Sascha and Richard Shutkind
Visit Salt Lake
Elaine Wolbrom

Please contact Sarah West, Chief Development Officer, at (801) 869-6936 or for more information.