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.

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Commissioning New Works

Ballet West prioritizes commissioning new ballets to advance both artistry and athleticism. The Company consistently works with seasoned and emerging choreographers, lighting designers, costume designers, and composers. Upcoming new commissions include:

  • Sweet and Bitter, choreographed by Africa Guzmán (Spain): Ballet West presented a preview of Sweet and Bitter at New York’s Joyce Theater in 2017 to critical acclaim. The completed ballet will debut at the 2018 Choreographic Festival. Ballet West is also scheduled to perform this new work in Victoria, British Columbia in January 2019.
  • Jabula, choreographed by Natalie Weir (Australia): Jabula is an Zulu word meaning “joy.” The ballet, which will debut at the 2018 Choreographic Festival, is a celebration of the dancers’ energy and spirits.

Commissioning New Productions

When Ballet West commissions a new production, it can mean several things: staging a classic production on the Company for the first time; commissioning new sets, costumes, or props for an existing Ballet West production; or commissioning an entirely new production. Upcoming new productions include:

  • Peter & the Wolf: debuts March 2019, at the Utah Symphony’s annual gala

Ballet West will create a brand-new production of Peter and the Wolf for the Family Series, which will then tour throughout the country. Commissioned in collaboration with the Utah Symphony, the ballet will feature original choreography by Ballet West First Soloist Christopher Sellars and costumes by Ballet West Costume Production Director David Heuvel.

  • New costumes for George Balanchine’s Rubies

Ballet West will design and create 30 corps de ballet and 3 principal costumes. Costume Production Director David Heuvel will be the lead designer and the Ballet West Costume Department will build all 33 costumes.

National and International Touring

National and international tours promote Ballet West’s artistic reputation and highlight the talent of the Company on a broader stage. Touring opportunities undergo a vigorous review process and financial modeling by Ballet West Artistic staff and are accepted only if financially viable.

Your support will influence the viability of upcoming tours significantly, while advancing Ballet West’s national and international reputation. Upcoming 2018-2019 Main Company tours include:

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation presents Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C.
December 6-9, 2018

Ballet West’s International Choreographic Festival
Royal Theatre
Victoria, British Columbia
February 1-3, 2019

Please contact Sarah West, Vice President of Development, at 801.869.6936 or swest@balletwest.org for more information.