Quinn Farley
Christopher Ruud in George Balanchine's "The Prodigal Son."

Take the choreography of the late ballet pioneers Michael Smuin and George Balanchine and mix them up with some Shakespeare, Puccini and Prokofiev and you have the essence of Ballet West's 2008-09 season.

The season will feature five productions beginning with Smuin's take on "William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest"' and ending with "Innovations," which will include original works by Ballet West dancers and showcase Ulysses Dove's "Red Angels" and a world premiere by Nicolo Fonte.

Here is the schedule for Ballet West's 2008-09 season:

Nov. 7-15 — "William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest,"' choreography by Michael Smuin, music by Henry Purcell

Dec. 5-27 — "The Nutcracker," choreography by Willam F. Christensen, music by P.I. Tchaikovsky

Feb. 13-21 — "Madame Butterfly," choreography by Stanton Welch, music by Giacomo Puccini; "Gong," choreography by Mark Morris, music by Colin McPhee

March 27-April 4 — "Treasures of the Ballet Russes," featuring "Les Biches," choreography by Bronislava Nijinska, music by Francis Poulenc; "The Prodigal Son," choreography by George Balanchine, music by Sergei Prokofiev; "The Polovetsian Dances," choreography by Michel Fokine, music by Alexandre Borodin

May 14-23 — "Innovations," music to be announced, choreography to be announced.

All the performances, with the exception of "Innovations," will be held in the Capitol Theatre. "Innovations" will be presented in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

Season subscriptions and an array of ticket packages, ranging from $48-$341, will be available starting Monday by calling the Ballet West Subscriber Services Department at 801-323-6920.