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Ballet West celebrates 50 years as Utah's premiere dance company

2013-12-18T02:30:00Z Ballet West celebrates 50 years as Utah's premiere dance companyYour Friends at SCERA - Community Columnist Daily Herald

One of Utah’s most prestigious arts organizations, Ballet West, is currently in the midst of their 50th Anniversary Season. Celebrating 50 years of bringing great art to Utah, America and the world, Ballet West offers programming that ranges from historical masterpieces to new, cutting-edge creations that showcase the rich and diverse artistic heritage that has been the company’s hallmark for half a century.

With sumptuous sets and costumes, the glorious Utah Chamber Orchestra and the incomparable Ballet West dancers, the 50th Anniversary season will continue in 2014 with the following shows.

‘THE NUTCRACKER’

Ring in the holidays with the 58th edition of William Christensen’s beloved production. Hailed by New York Times Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay as “one of the best productions I’ve ever seen,” the delightful world of Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker” features Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.

‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’

Add a touch of romance to your Valentine’s season with this all-time audience favorite. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s stupendous score, the ballet brings to life the timeless story of a sleeping princess, a handsome prince, and the triumph of good over evil. Adam Sklute’s streamlined production highlights the magic and storybook quality of this romantic fairytale. Look for bright new touches to honor the 50th Anniversary.

‘THE RITE OF SPRING’

A not-to-be-missed premiere for the 50th! Ballet West resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte pays tribute to Igor Stravinsky’s epic creation, “The Rite of Spring.” This new take on the iconic score promises to be powerful, dazzling and thought provoking. This unforgettable program also features the Ballet West premiere of Jiri Kylian’s urgent and tender Forgotten Land, set to Benjamin Britten’s stirring “Sinfonia da Requiem,” and George Balanchine’s classic Divertimento No. 15 which embodies the playful elegance of Mozart’s music.

‘THE LITTLE MERMAID’

Back by popular demand! Take a trip into Hans Christian Andersen’s undersea world with a love-struck mermaid, a prince in search of true love, and a conniving sea witch. With a live narrator, heart-warming music by Leo Delibes, choreography by Pamela Robinson-Harris and Peggy Dolkas, and costumes by David Heuvel, “The Little Mermaid” is presented in just over one hour including one intermission. Perfect for families and children of any age.

‘INNOVATIONS 2014’

Since its inception, Ballet West’s “Innovations” has become a platform for up-and-coming American choreographers and a fascinating exploration into new and cutting edge artistic territory. This year’s “Innovations 2014” will spotlight three new creations by Ballet West artists to be announced, and world premieres by Philadelphia-based choreographer Matthew Neenan and Ballet West Principal Artist Christopher Ruud.

From Balanchine to Bournonville and Petipa to Tharp, Ballet West boasts a rich and varied repertoire, elegant and versatile artists and an American style and legacy that is as dynamic, expansive and unexpected as the Rocky Mountain region it represents. Ballet West has toured the world several times over presenting the very best in American classical ballet.

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