Trolley’s old movie theater has been replaced with bright white walls, marley floors and a whole bunch of tights (and sweat). The company spent the last week in our new, temporary home at Trolley Square. Other than our fourth change in venue, everything Ballet West has been the same. Last week was spent preparing for the Chicago tour and upcoming rep. Resident choreographer, Nicolo Fonte, was in the house for a few days to make sure his Chicago world premiere, Presto, is still on point (the answer is “yes”, it’s still en pointe). Cameron Basden, former Joffrey Co-Associate Director and current Director of Dance at Interlochen Center for the Arts, was also “in da house”, staging Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain. Light Rain will be one of the ballets performed for our upcoming Salt Lake City Gala.
Tomorrow we all fly to the windy city to perform for the first time this season. Not only are we excited to bring the whole company to perform the huge ballet, Sleeping Beauty, but we are also fortunate to present a whole separate evening of dance for The Auditorium Theater’s annual gala. Touring is always exciting and a little bit nerve racking. Showing the country that we are top notch at what we do always feel good. The nerve racking part of touring is not being at your home, relying on your normal routine to help you feel comfortable going out on stage. Luckily the excitement of being on stage always outweighs the extra butterflies of a new environment.
We’ll be back in a week to report how everything goes! Up, up, and away we go!