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, Staging New Productions, and Sponsoring National and International Touring.

With a minimum gift of $10,000, a donor may choose to support a specific project or program. Donor benefits may be customized to connect to the chosen project or program.

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Commissioning New Works

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

Upcoming New Works:

  • A new commission choreographed by Jennifer Archibald will premiere at the Choreographic Festival in May 2020. Archibald is the founding artistic director of Arch Dance Company in New York, NY.  She has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet II, and Nashville Ballet, as well as for Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, MAC Cosmetics, and various chart-listed singers and actors.
  • A new commission choreographed by Matthew Neenan will premiere at the Choreographic Festival in May 2020. Neenan is the co-founder of BalletX in Philadelphia, PA. His choreography has been performed by the New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet West, BalletMet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Milwaukee Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Juilliard Dance, and the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, among others.
  • A new commission choreographed by Sophie Laplane will premiere at the Choreographic Festival in 2021. Laplane was born in Paris, France, and trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and the Paris Opera Ballet School. She joined Scottish Ballet in 2004 and was a dancer there until 2017, when she became the company’s choreographer-in-residence.

Staging New Productions

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

 Upcoming New Productions:

  • The Ballet West premiere of Nine Sinatra Songs will be in November 2020. Originally choreographed by Twyla Tharp for her company in 1982, the piece features timelessly elegant pas de deux set to beloved songs by Frank Sinatra and costume designs by Oscar de la Renta.
  • Agnes de Mille choreographed Rodeo for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo to an original (and now recognizable) score by American composer Aaron Copland. The Ballet West premiere will be in April 2021, when the rollicking Western-themed ballet will certainly become a new audience favorite as it was at its 1942 Metropolitan Opera House premiere – where it received 22 curtain calls!
  • Jerome Robbins’ 1983 ballet Glass Pieces comes alive to the driving, hypnotic music of minimalist legend Philip Glass. Robbins drew upon bustling metropolitan themes in this architectural piece he originally created for the New York City Ballet, melding elements of both postmodern dance and classical ballet. The Ballet West premiere will be in April 2021.
  • Belles-Lettres, a French phrase meaning “beautiful writing,” was created by in-demand choreographer Justin Peck in 2014 for the New York City Ballet, where he currently serves as resident choreographer and artistic advisor. Peck chose piano music by César Franck to accompany this amorous ballet featuring swooning pas de deux and intricate costumes by fashion designer Mary Katrantzou. The Ballet West premiere will be in April 2021.

National and International Touring

National and international tours promote Ballet West and its reputation for talented artists to a broader audience. Touring opportunities undergo financial review by Ballet West staff and are pursued only if financially viable. 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.

Upcoming Touring Opportunities:

Red Butte Garden
Red Butte Garden Amphitheater, Salt Lake City, UT
August 2020
Ballet West will give a one-night only outdoor performance. Details to come. 

Fall for Dance
City Center, New York, NY
October 3-7, 2020
Ballet West will perform Jiří Kylián’s Return to a Strange Land.

Fall for Dance North
Meridian Hall, Toronto, ON
October 7-8, 2020
Ballet West will perform Africa Guzman’s Sweet and Bitter

Fall for Dance is an annual festival that brings together seasoned and emerging artists from a variety of dance genres. Each year, 20 companies from around the world are invited to perform. Historically, the festival has taken place at New York’s City Center. Recently, the festival has expanded to Toronto, Canada, providing more performance opportunities for artists while expanding upon the festival’s goal of attracting new audiences.

 

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

 

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 swest@balletwest.org for more information.