Ballet West’s upcoming season will feature “Dracula” for Halloween; “The Nutcracker” for Christmas; and “Romeo and Juliet” for Valentine’s Day — among other productions.
“This is a season of enormous productions, and small, earthly stories,” said artistic director Adam Sklute. “Only a company with extreme versatility and boundless talent and energy could present these works in one season.”
The 2020-21 schedule includes six productions, one more than Ballet West normally performs. In addition, a seventh production will feature members of Ballet West II and Ballet West Academy.
“Dracula” (Oct. 23-31) • Ballet West last performed choreographer Ben Stevenson’s family-friendy version of Bram Stoker’s vampire tale almost 10 years ago.
“Almost Tango”/“Nine Sinatra Songs”/“Return to a Strange Land” (Nov. 6-14) • The triple bill features works by Ballet West resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte, Jiří Kyliá and Twyla Tharp.
“The Nutcracker” (Dec. 11-26) • The holiday tradition continues, 76 years after Ballet West’s late founder, William Christensen, staged the first full-length version of this ballet in the United States.
“Romeo and Juliet” (Feb. 12-20, 2021) • This version of Shakespeare’s story of ill-fated romance was choreographed by Michael Smuin, an early student of Christensen’s.
“Glass Pieces”/“Belles-Lettres”/“Rodeo” (April 9-17, 2021) • The season’s second triple bill includes ballets by Jerome Robbins, Justin Peck and Agnes de Mille.
Choreographic Festival (May 6-8, 2021) • The program will feature the world premiere of a work by Scottish Ballet resident choreographer Sophie Laplane and a collaboration between the Sundance Institute’s Music Film Program and Ballet West principal artist Emily Adams.
“The Little Mermaid” (April 23-24, 2021) • This one-hour, family-friendly ballet — the latest in the Family Classic Series — will be performed by Ballet West II and students of the Ballet West Academy.
Season tickets and four-show packages are available at balletwest.org or by calling 801-869-6920. Single-show tickets go on sale in September.