Meet BALLET WEST 2 09-10!
- Ladies (from your left to right) – Lindsay Duerfeldt, Jamie Lynn Schultz, Gabriella Hayes Moore, Elanor Bock, Kaleigh Schock. Men (from your left to right) – Robert Goodman, Tyler Gum, Stephen King, Trevor Naumann, Henry Philofsky.
Ballet West 2 had a very full first day of work, which included rehearsal with Peter Christie for Ballet West for Children, and sessions with company “Curtain Up” choreographers – Emily Adams, Michael Bearden, Aidan DeYoung, Megan Furse, Christopher Sellars and Thomas Mattingly.
Jamie Lynn Schultz with Henry Philofsky and Elanor Bock with Trevor Naumann in Aidan DeYoung's rehearsal.
Aidan DeYoung and Tyler Gum.
Today was a very special day because Ballet West Soloists Kate Crews and Jason Linsley tied the knot.
Congratulations Jason and Kate!
As you already know, Ballet West will present Sir Frederick Ashton’s THE DREAM as part of our opening program for the 09-10 season.
Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton OM, CH, CBE, was born September 17, 1904 in Ecuador. His family later moved to England where he became a dancer under the tutelage of Ninette deValois, a former Diaghilev Ballets Russes dancer. DeValois and Ashton founded the Royal Ballet with Ashton as director and principal choreographer. The ‘Ashton Aesthetic’ defined British Ballet.
Ashton was admitted into the French Legion d’ Honneur in 1962, was made a Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog in1963, received the Queen Elizabeth II Coronatation Award from the Royal Academy of Dance in 1959 and the Gold Medal from the Carina Aria Foundation in Sweden in 1972.
Ashton died October 18, 1988 at 83 years of age.
There is an enormous amount of information on the internet regarding Ashton including a list of his ballets For further reading I recommend SECRET MUSE by Julie Kavanaugh.
Another sneak preview of a new costume rendering by Peter Cazalet.
Tomorrow is the final day of the incredible 09 Ballet West/University of Utah summer intensive. I’m absolutely certain that each student had a wonderful time in every way. The amount of improvement I have witnessed has been astounding! Bravo to all and we at Ballet West hope to see you next summer!
- Former Ballet West Ballerina Jane Wood was a guest teacher for two weeks. Photo by Beau Pearson
Patric. Photo by Beau Pearson
As you already know, Ballet West will present Sir Frederick Ashton’s THE DREAM on our first program this fall. Ballet West last performed THE DREAM in the 80s with Bruce Caldwell as Oberon. David Walker, the ballet’s original designer created Ballet West’s production and then went back to the Royal Ballet in England and rebuilt their production to match his Ballet West designs.
Adam Sklute, Pamela Robinson Harris and I met David Heuvel and Cindy Farrimond at the Costume Shop this morning and David toured us through the costumes and wigs. Most of it is still in great shape. David and his staff have to rebuild some of it too.
Costumes of Cobweb and Mustard Seed
As you can see this is a production of pure magic, not to be missed.