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 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 Works:

  • 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 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.

Upcoming Touring Opportunities:

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

Ballet West will perform Africa Guzman’s dynamic and mysterious Sweet and Bitter and the central pas de deux from George Balanchine’s sizzling Rubies on this one-night-only program featuring a roster of international artists.

 

Donor Tour: New York City
New York, New York
September 27-29, 2019

Explore dance through unforgettable performances, art, and custom experiences on a three-day, VIP donor tour to New York City. The focus of the tour will be the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process lecture series on September 29, featuring a presentation on Ballet West’s upcoming program, Balanchine’s Ballets Russes (the donor tour package includes tickets to the lecture series).

A panel of experts, moderated by renowned dance historian Lynn Garafola, will discuss early works by George Balanchine that are slated for Ballet West’s season opening program this fall. The discussion, with dance excerpts performed by Ballet West artists, will focus on the U.S. premiere of the 1924 Le Chant du Rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale), with costumes by Henri Matisse, and the Ballet West premiere of the 1928 Apollo, including the rarely seen original birthing scene and the final ascent to Mount Olympus.

This will be a fascinating, not-to-be-missed experience. More information about the tour is available here

 

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

November 29 – December 1, 2019

America’s first production of The Nutcracker, and possibly its longest running, returns to Alaska after more than twenty-five years. Christensen’s beloved holiday ballet, first staged in San Francisco in 1944, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

 

Giselle (at Utah Valley University)
Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Orem, UT
January 31 – February 1, 2020

Ballet West brings Artistic Director Adam Sklute’s interpretation of this haunting, Romantic ballet to Utah County. The sumptuous production features a cast of more than forty dancers to spin a tale of heartbreaking sacrifice from beyond the grave. 

 

Giselle (at California State University, Northridge)
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Northridge, California
February 4, 2020

Ballet West brings Artistic Director Adam Sklute’s interpretation of this haunting, Romantic ballet to the Los Angeles area. The sumptuous production features a cast of more than forty dancers to spin a tale of heartbreaking sacrifice from beyond the grave. 

 

Jewels (at University of Minnesota)
Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
February 22-23, 2020

George Balanchine’s dazzling three-act ballet opens with the ethereal Emeralds, continues through the highflying Rubies, and concludes with the grand Diamonds. Both performances will feature a full sixty-piece orchestra under the baton of Ballet West Music Director Jared Oaks.

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

 

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.