Groundbreaking New Works Highlight Ballet West's "Innovations" Program

Ballet West’s third annual Innovations program takes the stage, May 21, 22 and 26-29 at the Rose Wagner Theatre, with a fresh and exciting showcase for new and cutting edge choreography including three original works created by Ballet West dancers, for Ballet West dancers. Principal Artist Michael Bearden, Artist Aidan DeYoung and Artist Megan Furse will premiere their works alongside two prominent choreographers from outside Ballet West. A new work will debut by internationally recognized choreographer Helen Pickett, whose ballets have also recently been presented by Boston Ballet and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, among others. “I am thrilled to present a work by Helen Pickett,” said Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “She is an American choreographer who made her name dancing with William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet and she is developing both national and international acclaim for her dynamic and athletic style. Helen’s work takes classical ballet into the future, and her new creation for Ballet West is at once edgy and romantic.” In addition, Sklute is excited and proud to commission Charlotte Boye Christensen, artistic director of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, to create a new work on Ballet West. “Since I’ve arrived in Utah I have wanted Ballet West to collaborate with the wealth of great local artists we have here," said Sklute. “It will be fascinating to see how Charlotte’s unique and powerful approach to dance blends with our classical dancers.” From its inception in 2007, Ballet West’s “Innovations” has enjoyed an ever-increasing public following. This year, the program will have its longest run yet, with eight performances in the intimate setting of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 West Broadway. Evening performances to "Innovations" begin at 7:30 p.m. on May 21, 22 and 26-29, with matinees at 2:00 p.m. on May 22 and 29. “At its heart, this is what Innovations is all about to me – building the future of ballet and dance here in Utah through commissions by national, international, local and company artists,” said Sklute. Tickets are $50 and are on sale now through ArtTix at or by calling (801) 355-ARTS.