Ballet West announces 2012-13 season |

Ballet West announces 2012-13 season

Submitted by Ballet West

Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute is pleased to announce Ballet West’s 2012-13 season line-up. With new creations, audience favorites, and great classics, this year’s repertoire brings something for everyone and highlights the versatility, technical brilliance, and dramatic flair of the company’s world-class artists.

"Our 2012-2013 Season is going to be utterly spectacular." said Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute. "Whether you are a seasoned ballet patron or novice to the art form, this year’s repertoire will delight and fascinate you with its magic, athleticism, and beauty."

Ballet West opens its season with a compelling world premiere by Val Caniparoli "The Lottery," based on one of the most famous short stories in American literature by Shirley Jackson. Commissioned exclusively by Ballet West and set to a new musical score by Robert Moran, "The Lottery" promises to be both fascinating and terrifying. It will also be a groundbreaking dancer/audience interactive experience, with the audience finding out the secret before the dancers not to be missed.

This exciting triple-bill will also include the return of Nicolo Fonte’s critically acclaimed audience favorite, "Bolero," to music by Maurice Ravel, and the revival and reworking of Helen Pickett’s "But Never Doubt I Love," set to music by Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt.

In December the magic continues with Utah’s favorite holiday tradition Willam F. Christensen’s "The Nutcracker."

In February, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ballet West unveils a sparkling and opulent new production of "Cinderella" by the great Sir Frederick Ashton, complete with the heart-stopping score by Sergei Prokofiev, and in the spring, Ballet West presents "Jewels," a Utah premiere showcasing George Balanchine’s masterful choreography in a radiant triple bill.

Known as the first abstract full-length work, this exquisite ballet is presented in three acts "Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds" each evoking a dramatically different mood.

Ballet West’s season concludes with "Innovations 2013," spotlighting new works by Ballet West artists, including the revival of Christopher Ruud’s 2011 "Trapped" and a world premiere by emerging choreographer Jodie Gates.

The Ballet West 2012-13 season is as follows. All performances at the Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, unless otherwise noted.


Ballet West’s annual Gala is the perfect opportunity to help raise the funds necessary to support Ballet West’s education and outreach programs while experiencing the perfect evening of dance. This exclusive, one-night-only event presents exciting sneak -previews and showstopping solos, pas de deuxs and excerpts in a one-hour program.

PROGRAM 1 Nov. 2, 3 and 7-10

  • "But Never Doubt I Love" Music: Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt

    Choreography: Helen Pickett

    Costume Design: David Heuvel

  • "The Lottery" (World Premiere)

    Music: Robert Moran

    Choreography: Val Caniparoli

    Set & Costume design: Sandra Woodall

  • "Bolero" Music: Maurice Ravel

    Choreography: Nicolo Fonte

    Set Design: Michae lMazzola Costumes: Mark Zappone

    PROGRAM 2 Nov. 30 Dec. 29

  • "The Nutcracker"

    Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky

    Choreography: Willam Christensen

    Scenery: Ariel Ballif Costume Design: David Heuvel

    PROGRAM 3 Feb. 14-17 and 20-23

  • "Cinderella" (Utah Premiere)

    Music: Serge Prokofiev

    Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton Lighting Design: Scott Kepley and Wendy Ellis Somes Set and Costume Design: David Walker

    PROGRAM 4 April 13, 14, 18,-21,

  • "Jewels" (Utah Premiere)
  • "Emeralds"

    Music: Gabriel Faure

  • "Rubies"

    Music: Igor Stravinsky

  • "Diamonds"

    Music: Peter Tchaikovsky

    Choreography: George Balanchine Costumes after original Karinska designs

    PROGRAM 5 May 17, 18 and 22-25

  • "Innovations 2013," At the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 Broadway.

    Since its inception, Ballet West’s "Innovations" has become a platform for up-and-coming American choreographers and a fascinating exploration into new and cutting edge artistic territory. This year’s "Innovations 2013" will spotlight more new creations by Ballet West artists, and the revival of Christopher Ruud’s 2011 "Trapped," with some surprising and intriguing changes. The program will also include and a world premiere by emerging choreographer Jodie Gates, former leading dancer with The Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and The Frankfurt Ballet in Germany.

    Season ticket prices range from $48 to $341 and are on sale now. To become a season subscriber, contact Ballet West’s Subscriber Services Department at (801) 869-6900 or visit .

    Single ticket prices range from $19 to $75. Tickets to the first performance of the season (the annual Performance Gala) go on sale Monday, September 24, 2012. Tickets for "The Lottery" go on sale Monday, October 1, 2012.