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Ballet West to Return to Joyce Theater October 11-14, 2017

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The press release:
 
 
BALLET WEST INVITED TO RETURN TO 
THE JOYCE THEATER IN NEW YORK CITY THIS FALL
 
SALT LAKE CITY – July 11, 2017 – Following its sold-out debut in 2015, Ballet West has been invited to return to the renowned Joyce Theater, October 11-14 for five performances.

The Company will return with two New York premieres: Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s powerful Fox on the Doorstep and Val Caniparoli’s dynamic Dances for Lou. Both works premiered at the National Choreographic Festival this May and were hailed by audiences and critics alike as exciting new additions to the Ballet West repertoire. Along with an excerpt from George Balanchine’s lush Chaconne, a preview excerpt by Spanish choreographer Africa Guzman will round out the program; her full ballet will premiere as part of Ballet West’s 2018 National Choreographic Festival.
 
“We are thrilled to return to The Joyce,” said CEO and Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “Unique and inspiring new creations by great choreographers have become one of the hallmarks of our repertoire, and we are proud to present them to New York audiences. I also hope New York will appreciate our commitment to the work of George Balanchine, which holds such a strong historical place with Ballet West.”
 
The cost of the tour has been partially underwritten by a lead gift from the Quinney Family. “The Quinney Family are longtime friends of Ballet West. We are most grateful for the multi-generational relationships with the family and the collective vision we share for the Company,” said Sklute. Speaking on behalf of the family, Frederick Q. Lawson said, “This tour to New York is a most exciting opportunity for Ballet West, and will once again show to the world the beauty, grace, and talent we exalt in Utah.”
 
Limited number of tickets are now on sale and start at just $10 and can be purchased by calling 212-242-0800 or online at 
www.joyce.org. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City
 

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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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Am I just missing something, or does the press release not mention the Arpino work?

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I saw an in-studio rehearsal of Africa Guzman's work in progress, and really enjoyed it. It was a nice combination of dance and athleticism (I know that's awkwardly phrased as dance is an athletic endeavor in any form) and it will be interested to find out how it is received in New York. What was fascinating to me as well was how they worked to change the choreography based on the venue. The BW studio where she started choreographing is marked according to the Capitol Theatre layout, and she had to change the choreography to work for the Joyce (where they can't do change-overs behind the stage?), and they'll have to adjust it yet again for the 2018 National Choreographic Festival which will be performed in the Eccles Theatre.

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