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  1. Ballet Lover

    BW - National Choreographic Festival

    https://frontrowreviewersutah.com/?p=7671 http://lovedancemore.org/reviews/ 2 blog reviews of weekend one. with Washington Ballet and Richmond Ballet.
  2. The Fedorova version of The Nutcracker from the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo was also the version Robert Joffrey used as a framework for his original 1987 version. George Verdak taught it to the company.
  3. Agreed about the East Coast vs. West Coast - as someone who lived and worked in NY for nearly 20 years. And you are correct that Nutcracker took off as a National holiday tradition after Balanchine's - indeed if I am not mistaken it was really in the 1960's when it took off throughout the country. Watt's was one of my all time favorite dancers and she is certainly articulate and a wonderful speaker and advocate but a TED talk is big forum and should be more carefully researched. All Christensen disciples and Utahns bristle at this often made mistake about Mr. B's Nutcracker.
  4. Heather Watt's is wonderful and a good speaker but her whole thesis about The Nutcracker is so off the mark. the first American Nutcracker was created by Willam Christensen for San Francisco in 1944 (10 years before Balanchine created his). Christensen was tutored by Balanchine and Danilova before creating his version but all the things Ms. Watt's says Balanchine created had already been done, not just by Christensen but there were other full length American Nutcrackers as well between 1944-1954. I'm surprised she would make such a big mistake in such a platform.
  5. https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2018/04/08/ballet-west-spotlights-unexpected-gems-for-the-shakespeare-suite-program/ A Preview of the ballet West 2018 Spring triple Bill - A Shakespeare Suite.
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    Ballet West's new Nutcracker

    Here is a recent television special on the 2 year creation of new sets and costumes for Ballet West's historic Nutcracker. https://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=46211733
  7. The Full Program will be: Dances for Lou choreography - Val Caniporoli music - Lou Harrison (created for the 100the anniversary of Lou Harrison's birth) Ruth, Ricordi per Due choreography - Gerald Arpino music - Tomasso Albinoni (final work created by Arpino. Never before been formally performed in New York) World Premiere Work in Progress choreography - Africa Guzman music - Enzo Bossa (complete work to e premiered at Bw's National Choreographic Festival in May 2018) Chaconne (pas de deux and variations) choreography - George Balanchine music - Christoph Willibald Gluck (excerpt from the complete ballet that was performed by BW last Spring of 2017) Fox on the Doorstep choreography - Nicolo Fonte music - various composers (created for the National Choreographic Festival 2017, dedicated to the memory of his father)
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    New Executive Director

    https://balletwest.org/news/michael-scolamiero-joins-ballet-west-as-executive-director Ballet West has hired a new Executive Director - Michael Scolamiero - former ED of Pennsylvania Ballet & Miami City Ballet
  9. http://www.dancemagazine.com/livestream-alert-watch-ballet-west-the-sarasota-ballet-and-pennsylvani-2413057646. Dance Magazine will be live streaming on Facebook today's joint companies' class for Ballet West, Sarasota Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet as part of the first weekend of BW's National Choreographic Festival. May 20th at 11:45 MST (2:45 EST)
  10. Ballet West II has grown so strong in their own right that they are presenting their own 3 performance run for the first time in Downtown SLC at the Jeanne Wagner Theater, October 14 & 15. The program includes: "Bournonville Divertissment" (the pas de six and variations from Napoli, Flower Festival pas de deux, the Napoli Tarnatella) "Are we There Yet?" - new work by Associate Director and former BW soloist Peggy Dolkas "Minkus pas de Trois" "Piece of My Heart" - new work by BW Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte to the music of Janis Joplin https://balletwest.org/news/ballet-west-ii-presents-first-solo-program-in-salt-lake-city-featuring-piece-of-my-heart-to-the-music-of-janis-joplin
  11. Ballet Lover

    Ballet West 14/15 Season

    Ballet West's Home and Touring Line up for the 2014/2015 Season Revised as of 7/2/14: Aspen, Colorado August 16th, 2014 Divertimento #15 - Balanchine/ Mozart Presto - Fonte/ Bosso Rubies Pas de Deux - Balanchine/Stravinsky Mercurial Landscapes - Gates/Rickter after Vivaldi Salt Lake City - Grand America Hotel Annual Gala November 1, 2014 Programming TBA Salt Lake City, Utah - Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theater November 7,8, 12-16, 2014 GISELLE - Newly Conceived and Produced by Adam Sklute after Coralli/Perrot/ Adolph Adam THE NUTCRACKER - Christensen/Tchaikovsky Ogden, Utah - The Browning Center November 28.29, 2014 Salt Lake City, Utah - The Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theater December 5-6, 2014 Washington DC - The Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts December 10-14, 2014 Salt Lake City, Utah - The Janet Quinney Lawsen Capitol Theater December 18-31, 2014 Salt Lake City, Utah - Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theater February 6-15, 2015 SWAN LAKE - Produced and Conceived by Adam Sklute after Petipa/Ivanov with addition choreography by Mark Goldweber & Pamela Robinson-Harris/ Tchaikovsky New York City, NY - The Joyce Theater March 23-29, 2015 The Sixth Beauty - Neenan/ Ginastera Games - Pickett/ Debussy - World Premiere Presto - Fonte/ Bosso The Lottery - Caniporoli/ Moran Salt Lake City, Utah - Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theater April 10, 11, 15-19, 2015 Square Dance - Balanchine/ Corelli/Vivaldi - First Revival since 1973 In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated - Forsythe/Willems - Revival Almost Tango - Fonte/ Various Artists - Ballet West Premiere Victoria, British Columbia April 24 - 25, 2015 Mercurial Landscapes - Gates/Rickter after Vivaldi In the Middle... Somewhat Elevated - Forsythe/Willems The Lottery - Caniporoli/ Moran Salt Lake City, Utah - Rose Wagner Theater May 15,16, 20-23, 2015 Presto - Fonte/ Bosso New Work - Emily Adams New Work TBA New Work TBA New Work - Garrett Smith Dallas, Texas May 28,29, 2015 Divertimento #15 - Balanchine/ Mozart In the Middle... Somewhat Elevated - Forsythe/Willems Mercurial Landscapes - Gates/Rickter after Vivaldi
  12. Ballet Lover

    Ballet West promotions for 16/17

    Promotions/ Departures for Ballet West's 2016/17 Season: - Chase O'Connell jumps to Principal Dancer from Soloist - Katlyn Addison - Katie Critchlow - Tyler Gum - Jenna Rae Herrera - Alexander MacFarlan All move up from Demi-Soloist to the Rank of Soloist - Trevor Naumann - Jordan Veit - Joshua Whitehead Have been promoted to the rank of Demi - Soloists from Corps Artists Joining the Company: Amber Miller - former supplemental dancer Joining Ballet West II Stephanie Beusser Levi Durie from the JKO School David Huffmire from the Ballet West Academy Trainees Emily Neale from the Ballet West Academy Trainees Jake Preece from the PNB Trainee program Hannah Sterling from the Ballet West Academy/University of Utah Joint trainee program Alexandra Terry Departing Ballet West at the end of the 2015/16 Season: - Corps Artist Jamie Lynn Schultz BWII members: - Flora Balz - Silas Campos - Jazmine Hurley - Zeek Wright & First Soloist Jacqueline Straughan will become part time as she joins Oregon Ballet Theater as a part time Principal Artist.
  13. Ballet Lover

    BW 16/17 Season

    Ballet West's 2016-2017 season: November 4-19, 2016: Madame Butterfly (revival from 2009) Choreography: Stanton Welch Music - Giacomo Puccini as a arranged by John Lanchbery December 1-26, 2016: The Nutcracker Choreography: Willam Christensen Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - final season of old production - newly designed sets and costumes to be inaugurated in Dec. 2017 February 10-22, 2017: The Sleeping Beauty (revival from 2013) Choreography: conceived and produced by Adam Sklute after Petipa - with additional choreography by Pamela Robinson-Harris and Mark Goldweber Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky March 18-19, 2017: Works from Within (New Program in Park City) 4 different world premieres by Ballet West Artists) April 10-21, 2017: Journeys and Reflections: Chaconne (revival from 2011) Choreography: George Balanchine Music Christoph Willibald Gluck Facades (reworking from 2015) Choreography: Garrett Smith Music: Philip Glass and Various Baroque The Green Table (Ballet West Premiere) Choreography: Kurt Jooss Music: Frederick Cohen May 18-20 & May 25-27, 2017: Ballet West New Choreography Festival ** New Program** Including 2 new creations for Ballet West by Nicolo Fonte and Val Caniporoli & 4 visiting ballet companies (TBA) from around the nation all bringing new works to the Utah stage.
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    Cranko's Romeo & Juliet

    Here is the link to the casting page for Ballet West's upcoming production of Cranko's Romeo & Juliet: https://balletwest.org/events/romeo-and-juliet
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    Houston Nutcracker

    Artistic Director Stanton Welch will be creating their new version. http://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/What-s-Next-for-The-Nutcracker-6717928.php#photo-9154786
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    BW's 1st Black Sugarplum Fairy

    Two days ago the Salt Lake Tribune came out with a preview article focusing on Katlyn Addison taking on the role of Sugar Plum fairy for this year's Nutcracker. The article is positive and it is a big deal that Ballet West will have its first Black Sugar Plum Fairy but the article seems to ignore the fact that for at least 7 years BW has been a company of significant diversity (at least in the ballet world) currently its roster shows 5 black/African American dancers , 4 Asian dancers, 6 latinos. I realize that a black dancer taking on the mantle of a leading role of that magnitude may be news - especially in a community with a reputation for being more homogenous and less diverse than other major cities, but the article rubbed me wrong. What are peoples' thoughts on this -any insights would be greatly appreciated. http://www.sltrib.com/entertainment/3250781-155/ballet-west-sugar-plum-fairy-helping
  17. Ballet Lover

    BW's 1st Black Sugarplum Fairy

    https://www.ksl.com/?sid=37822554&nid=968 Another news piece on Katlyn Addison doing Sugarplum fairy.
  18. Ballet Lover

    2015-16 Season Announced

    Ballet West will be performing Square Dance with the Caller and the Sarabande this upcoming April 10 - April 18, 2015 at The Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City.
  19. Ballet Lover

    BW 2015/16 Season

    ICONIC CLASSICS November 6-14 Fancy Free - Robbins/ Bernstein - Ballet West Premiere On an Overgrown Path - Kylian/Janacek - Ballet West Premiere Symphony in C - Balanchine/Bizet - BW Revival - first time Ballet West performs the full cast version. THE NUTCRACKER - Christensen/ Tchaikovsky - 60th Anniversary with Ballet West - original 1944 SFB version. December 10-27 ROMEO & JULIET - Cranko/Prokofiev - Ballet West Premiere February 12-20 THE NIJINSKY REVOLUTION April 15-23 Games - Pickett/Debussy - Utah premiere - Based on the original Nijinsky 1913 Jeux - recommended for mature audiences Afternoon of a Faun - Robbins/Debussy - BW Revival The Rite of Spring - Fonte/Stravinsky - BW Revival INNOVATIONS 2016 May 20-28 Jessica Lang World Premiere TBA 3 World Premieres - TBA On Tour: Minneapolis, MN October 2-3 Fancy Free - Robbins/Bernstein Who Cares - Balanchine/Gershwin - full cast version
  20. Promoted to Principal: Rex Tilton (Formerly First Soloist) Promoted to First Soloist: Adrian Fry (formerly Soloist) Promoted to Demi-Soloist: Katlyn Addison (formerly Corps Artist) Tyler Gum (Formerly Corps Artist) Alexander MacFarlan (Formerly Corps Artist) Chase O'Connell (Formerly New Artist) Promoted to Ballet West from Ballet West II: Logan Martin (2 years in Ballet West II - Prior to that Houston Ballet Academy) Kazlyn Nielsen (2 Years in Ballet West II prior to That Provo Civic Ballet) Joining Ballet West: Gabrielle Salvatto (Previously with Dance Theater of Harlem) Madison Sugg (Previously with Pacific Northwest Ballet's Professional Training Division) Working as a Supplemental Dancer in Giselle & Swan Lake for 2014/2015: Jaime Hickey (Formerly of The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet West Supplemental Dancer 2013/2014) Chelsea Keefer (Formerly with Tulsa Ballet) Mary Ann Sheafer (Formerly with Ballet West II) Joining Ballet West II: Adriana Baez (Previously with Sarasota Cuban Ballet Academy) Laurel Bensen (Previously with Pacific Northwest Ballet's Professional Training Division) Silas Campos (Previously with Tulsa Ballet II) Jameson Keating (Previously with Ballet West Academy Professional Training Division) Oliver Oguma (Previously with American Ballet Theater's Studio Company) Anissa Scott (Previously with The Dresden Semper Opera Ballet) Megan Thornton (Previously with Ballet West Academy Professional Training Division) Departing At the End of the 2013-2014 Season: Tom Mattingly (Principal Dancer) Elizabeth McGrath (First Soloist) Whitney Huell (Corps Artist) Amy Potter (Corps Artist) Alex Cambie (BWII) Daniella Spitelli (BWII)
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    Ballet West 14/15 Season

    Square Dance - with the caller
  22. Former Baston Ballet Soloist Jaime Diaz will join Ballet West for the 2013/2014 Season.
  23. Promoted to Principal: Haley Henderson-Smith (formerly First-Soloist) Thomas Mattingly (formerly First-Soloist) Arolyn Williams (formerly First Soloist) Promoted to First Soloist: Beau Pearson (formerly Soloist) Christopher Sellars (formerly Soloist) Jacqueline Straughan (formerly Soloist) Rex Tilton (formerly Demi-Soloist) Promoted to Soloist: Emily Adams (formerly Demi-Soloist) Christopher Anderson (formerly Demi-Soloist) Allison DeBona (formerly Demi-Soloist) Beckanne Sisk (formerly Demi-Soloist) Promoted to Demi-Soloist: Lindsey Duerfeldt (formerly Corps Artist) Promoted to Ballet West from Ballet West II: Paige Adams Kimberly Ballard Chase O'Connell Zachary Prentice Joining Ballet West II: Lauren Denney (formerly Ballet West Academy Trainee) Alex Cambie (formerly Ballet West Academy Trainee) Lucas Horns (formerly Ballet West Academy Trainee) Sanford Placide Mercedes Rice (formerly Ballet West Academy Trainee) Daniella Spitelli (formerly of The Joffrey Academy - Chicago) Departing At the End of the 2012-2014 Season: Michael Bearden (Principal Dancer) Easton Smith - (Soloist) Owen Gaj (Senior Corps Artist) Kathryn Hein (Corps Artist) Emily Liu (BWII) Ian Tanzer (BWII)
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    Ballet West 2013-2014 Season

    Fall 2013: Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theater October 4,5 The Sleeping Beauty - Conceived and Produced by Adam Sklute after Petipa October 6 Rubies World Premiere (Presto) - Nicolo Fonte Pas de Deux from Diamonds The Lottery - Val Caniporoli Saturday November 2, 2013 - Gala performance Ballet West Alumni Defile Coppelia - Wedding Pas de deux - Willam Christensen Anna Karinina - Act 2 pas de Deux - Andre Prokovsky Diamonds pas de deux - George Balanchine Light Rain - Pas de Deux - Gerald Arpino Presto - Nicolo Fonte November 8-16, 2013 (Kingsbury Hall) The Firebird (First revival since 1980) Choreography - Willam Christensen Petite Mort Choreography - Jiri Kylian Who Cares? Choreography - George Balanchine Nutcracker 2013 December 6-29 (Capitol Theater) Nutty Nutcracker December 30 Winter 2014: February 14-22, 2014 (Capitol Theater) The Sleeping Beauty Conceived and Produced by Adam Sklute after Marius Petipa Additional Choreography - Mark Goldweber, Pamela Robinson-Harris Spring 2014: April 11-19, 2014 (Capitol Theater) Divertimento #15 (First revival since 1990) Choreography - George Balanchine Forgotten Land (Ballet West Premiere) Choreography - Jiri Kylian The Rite of Spring (World Premiere) Choreography - Nicolo Fonte Innovations 2014: May 16-24, 2014 (Rose Wagner Theater) New Work (World Premiere) Choreography - Matthew Neenan 3 New Works TBA New Work (World Premiere) Choreography - Christopher Ruud
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