Ballet West Announces Thrilling 2011-12 Season

Utah Premiere of Ben Stevenson’s DRACULA Opens Performance Year Just in Time for Halloween

Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute is pleased to announce Ballet West’s 2011-12 season line-up, where athleticism, artistry, drama and excitement come together to deliver a performance year that promises to be spectacular.

Ballet West delivers a delectable Halloween treat with the Utah premiere of Ben Stevenson’s blockbuster production of Dracula, set to the music of Franz Liszt as arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery. In December the magic continues with Utah’s favorite holiday tradition – Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker. In February, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ballet West presents the Utah premiere of Marius Petipa’s classic bravura romantic comedy Don Quixote, staged by Anna-Marie Holmes. In the spring, Ballet West presents the long-awaited return of Marius Petipa’s Grand Pas from Paquita, an exciting work of classical variations set to the music of Ludwig Minkus, alongside two stunning Utah premieres – Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort, an exciting and sensual ensemble work featuring artistic swordplay and set to the music of Mozart, and George Balanchine’s poetic and flowing Emeralds, with music by Gabriel Faure. Ballet West’s season concludes with Innovations 2012, spotlighting new works by Ballet West artists including an expanded version of Ballet West Principal Dancer Michael Bearden’s 2010 Descent, and featuring the return of Susan Shields’ bright and dynamic Grand Synthesis.  

“Our 2011-2012 Season is going to be spectacular.” said Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute, “With brand new creations, renowned masterpieces, and great classics the repertoire is sure to excite our audiences and highlight the versatility, technical brilliance and dramatic flair of our world-class artists.” Sklute adds, “From opulent romantic storytelling to stark and powerful pure dance their will truly be something for everyone this year.”

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An evening to remember! This exclusive, one-night-only event presents exciting previews and showstoppers in a one-hour program that makes for the perfect evening of breath-taking performance.

PROGRAM 1 – October 21, 22, 26 – November 1, 2011
(Utah Premiere)
Music: Franz Liszt
Choreography: Ben Stevenson
Scenic Design: Thomas Boyd
Costume Design: Judanna Lynn

Planned especially for the Halloween season, Ballet West is proud to present Ben Stevenson’s Dracula. Set to a haunting arrangement of music by Franz Liszt, this wildly theatrical and opulent ballet features vampire brides who fly through the air, a ghastly coach that careens on and off the stage, and exciting drama and dancing for the entire company.  According to The New York Times, this chilling blockbuster is “something to sink your teeth into.”


PROGRAM 2 – December 2-28, 2011
The Nutcracker
Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Willam Christensen
Scenery: Ariel Ballif
Costumes: David Heuvel

Ballet West rings in the holidays with the 56th edition of Willam Christensen’s beloved production of The Nutcracker.  Hailed by New York Times Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay as “one of the best production I’ve ever seen,” Ballet West’s The Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and a brilliant blend of costumes, sets and choreography to create a magical storybook world.


December 30 & 31, 2011
The NUTTY Nutcracker

Ballet West presents what has become its annual spoof on this holiday favorite – The NUTTY Nutcracker, December 30 and 31. A new production each season, audiences will enjoy their favorite music and characters in a whole new way. This program is full of fun flourishes and whimsical surprises!


PROGRAM 3 – February 10, 11 and 14-18, 2012
Don Quixote
(Utah Premiere)
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa, as staged by Anna Marie Holmes
Scenery: Thomas Boyd
Costumes: Judanna Lynn

Bull fighting, gypsies, comedy, romance and show-stopping dance numbers explode onto the stage of the Capitol Theatre when Ballet West presents one of the world’s most well-loved bravura ballets based on Cervantes’ classic story, taking audiences on the road with the fanciful adventures of the eccentric Man of La Mancha, the antics of the Village Barber Basilio, and the passions of his beautiful young lover Kitri. Set to joyous music by Ludwig Minkus, this production is based on the original 1869 version by Marius Petipa and is choreographed by renowned artist Anna-Marie Holmes, the first American dancer to train and dance in Soviet Russia.


PROGRAM 4 – April 13, 14, 18,-21, 2012 
(Utah Premiere)
Music: Gabriel Faure
Choreography: George Balanchine
Costumes: Karinska

Music: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa

Petite Mort (Utah Premiere)
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreography: Jiri Kylian
Costumes: Joke Visser

Ballet West’s dynamic spring production opens with the Utah premiere of George Balanchine’s lush and romantic Emeralds to music by Gabriel Faure. This is the first ballet in Balanchine’s masterful full evening trilogy Jewels. The program continues with the Grand Pas from Marius Petipa’s Paquita, an exciting work of classical variations set to the music of Ludwig Minkus. Paquita was originally created in 1846 as a full evening story ballet but since the early 20th Century only the Grand Pas from Act III has been performed and it has grown to be one of the most beloved and enduring classical showpieces in the world. Paquita returns to Ballet West after nearly 30 years. Rounding out the program is the Utah premiere of Jiri Kylian’s sensual work of genius, Petite Mort, set to two of Mozart’s most beautiful and popular piano concertos.


Innovations 2012,
May 18, 19 and 23-26, 2012

Since its inception, Ballet West’s Innovations has become a platform for up-and-coming American choreographers. This year’s Innovations 2012 will spotlight new creations by Ballet West artists, present an expanded version of Principal Artist Michael Bearden’s Descent, and in celebration of the 5th successful year of Innovations, the return of Susan Shields’ vibrant 2008 Grand Synthesis.