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Ballet West announces 'golden anniversary' season

Published March 27, 2013 1:46 pm

Dance • 2013-14 schedule includes world premieres and a major revival
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Ballet West's 2013-14 season — which marks the company's golden anniversary — will include world premieres, a major revival and longtime favorites.

"I have designed our 50th-anniversary season to honor the past, celebrate the present and keep an eye on the future," Adam Sklute, Ballet West artistic director, said in a news release announcing the schedule. "Each program this year pays homage to our founder Mr. C and all of my predecessors, while continuing to offer Utah audiences the new and exciting repertoire that keeps Ballet West a forerunner in American ballet."

The season will open Nov. 8 with a revival of Willam Christensen's colorful and dramatic "The Firebird." It will be performed at Kingsbury Hall, the birthplace of the company 50 years ago.

After "The Nutcracker" in December and "The Sleeping Beauty" in February, Ballet West's spring production features the world premiere of "The Rite of Spring," by resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte.

Rounding out the season will be the premiere of Jiri Kylian's urgent and tender "Forgotten Land," set to Benjamin Britten's stirring "Sinfonia da Requiem," and George Balanchine's classic "Divertimento No. 15," which embodies the playful elegance of Mozart's music.

For more information, visit http://www.balletwest.org.

"The Firebird" (major revival) • Nov. 8, 9 and 13-16; at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus.

"The Nutcracker" • Nov. 29-Dec. 28; includes a version of "The Nutty Nutcracker" on Dec. 30

"The Sleeping Beauty" • Feb. 7, 8 and 12-15

"The Rite of Spring" (world premiere) • April 11, 12 and 16-19

"Innovations 2014" (world premiere) • May 16, 17 and 21-24; at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center