Ballet West presents its annual performance Gala on Saturday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. This fast-paced, hour-long performance highlights every aspect of Ballet West, from its Academy to the youthful up-and-comers of Ballet West II, as well as Ballet West’s glamorous and versatile Artists. This evening of fantastic works is followed by an elegant evening of dinner and dancing at The Grand America Hotel, 555 South Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City.
Ballet West’s annual gala opens with a Defile performance by The Ballet West Academy, celebrating all levels of the official ballet school, followed by O.N., an ensemble work for Ballet West II choreographed by Senior Ballet Mistress Pamela Robinson-Harris. The line-up also features George Balanchine’s Agon pas de deux, set on the music of Igor Stravinsky, and Flames of Paris pas de deux, with choreography by Vasily Vainonen and the music of Boris Asafiev. Also on the program is the act one pas de deux from Val Caniporoli’s Lady of the Camellias, set to music by Chopin, and the rousing show-stopper Stars & Stripes – Balanchine’s quintessential American salute to the marches of John Philip Souza. Ballet West closes this sumptuous show with Michel Fokine’s Polovtsian Dances, set to Music by Alexandre Borodin from the opera “Prince Igor”.
Tickets for the performance and dessert reception are $75; VIP tickets that include the performance, cast party, and dinner and dancing are $200. VIP tables are also available. All proceeds from this event benefit Ballet West’s educational and artistic programs. For more information on Ballet West’s annual gala, visit www.balletwest.org or contact Ashlee Christofferson at (801) 869-6917.