For the second time, the University of Utah Ballet will take its show not on the road, but on the river - performing on May 12 at the base of a spectacular 1500-foot redrock cliff, deep in the Canyonlands of southern Utah.
Ballet and the grandeur of the Colorado River-desert wilderness are compatible co-stars of this yearly show, sponsored by the University of Utah Moab Arts Center and Tag-A-Long Expeditions of Moab. Other sponsors are KUTV Channel 2, KUER radio and the Canyonlands Arts Council.Those attending will travel by calm-water jet boat on a sightseeing tour of the Colorado, view the ballet performance and enjoy a Mother's Day reception before returning upriver to Moab.
The company will dance on a specially constructed stage of portable flooring weighing four and a half tons, and floated downriver by pontoon rafts to a pristine, calm-water riverbank, accessible to spectators only by raft and jet boat. The dancers' program will consist of Pas de Quatre staged by Anton Dolin, the Peasant pas de deux from "Giselle," Gounod Variations by Conrad Ludlow, and Romanza pas de deux. Attila Ficzere, formerly a soloist with the San Francisco Ballet, is artistic director.
The wilderness performance of the Utah Ballet marks the opening of this year's Canyon Classic Season, which will also include grand opera and classic Greek theater. For ticket information contact Tag-A-Long Expeditions at 1-800-453-3292.