First, I would like to apologize to everyone. The company has been in the studios the last three weeks and I haven’t said a word about what’s going on. Our resident choreographer, Nicolo Fonte, has been in the house, choreographing up a storm. We’ve been working with Nicolo on his new work, premiering in Chicago, and his new Rite of Spring. The company has also been working on Christensen’s Firebird, Kylian’s Petit Mort, Caniparoli’s The Lottery and Adam Sklute’s The Sleeping Beauty. So, Breaking Pointe isn’t the only craziness happening in the world of Ballet West. Everything is going well, though … really well. When I have a second away from rehearsal (may not ever happen), I’ll snap some shots of the company to post.
Adam’s annual process of selecting dancers (or someone in the community) to choreograph for Innovations starts with simple proposals. From those proposals, six dancers are chosen to work with Ballet West II for a week (about six hours each) to create a couple minutes of material. Three of the choreographers are then chosen to finish their works on the Ballet West main company. These three ballets will then appear in the last program of the season.
The week before the company returned for rehearsals this season, Emily Adams, Christopher Anderson, Adrian Fry, Tyler Gum, Alex MacFarlan, and Thomas Mattingly workshopped with Ballet West II on new works. Patrons were able to see the work the choreographers created, danced by Ballet West II, at Beer and Ballet. The event also gave patrons a chance to hear the choreographers speak about the ideas and concepts that sculpted their works. After the performance, audience members had a chance to ask any questions they had for the Ballet West II and company dancers. I almost forgot, while socializing, patrons also drank beer provided by Epic Brewing, hence the beer section of Beer and Ballet. This year Beer and Ballet was hosted by Ballet West, Blue Iguana and Epic Brewing.
Guess what!? I photoed the event. Is photoed a word? Pictures below.