Ballet West has announced its lineup for its 2015-16 season, which will include a mix of classical, modern and contemporary pieces.
“I think of planning a program for our season like planning a very good meal,” said Adam Sklute, artistic director for Ballet West. “I want to make sure we have a well-balanced meal. Each one of the works has been carefully selected to balance for the entire year.”
The season will begin in November with “Iconic Classics,” which will include three selections: “Fancy Free,” “On an Overgrown Path” and “Symphony in C.”
“It is an evening of classic works which are iconic for the great choreographers that we are presenting there.” Sklute said. “I wanted to balance (‘On an Overgrown Path’), which is very emotional, heartfelt and introspective. It makes a beautiful balance with the lighthearted fun of ‘Fancy Free.’ ”
Next, Ballet West will perform Willam Christensen’s classic ballet “The Nutcracker,” and Sklute said it has always been a favorite for Utah families and that they are excited to do it again.
In February, Ballet West will perform John Cranko’s “Romeo & Juliet” for the first time. According to Sklute, it was chosen in the spirit of love and Valentine’s Day.
April will bring “The Nijinsky Revolution,” a modern retelling of the groundbreaking choreography by dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. The three selections in the program will include “Games,” “Afternoon of a Faun” and “The Rite of Spring.”
According to a press release from Ballet West, “Between 1912 and 1913, Nijinsky shocked, excited and moved audiences with his startling approach to classical ballet. In doing so, he forever changed the way we look at the art form.”
To finish off the season, “Innovations” will return for the eighth time. This year, the program will feature choreography both from Ballet West dancers and from world-renowned choreographer Jessica Lang.
“I don’t think that there is one show that the audience will enjoy the most, and that’s the whole plan,” Sklute said.
In addition to its regular season, Ballet West will perform “Beauty and the Beast” for the first time. The hourlong show with accompanying narration is meant for children who may have a hard time understanding ballet, and Sklute said it is a perfect ballet for the whole family to attend.
“Each show will bring its own theme, and that’s why I like a wide and varied palette,” Sklute said. “In many ways, this makes this one of the most spectacular programs that Ballet West has ever presented, a program that really can stand up to any company in the world, and really shows us to be one of America’s leading ballet companies.”
More information on Ballet West's upcoming season is available at balletwest.org.
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