Ballet West

Sweet and Bitter
White Swan | Black Swan
Fox on the Doorstep

África Guzmán, Nicolo Fonte, and Adam Sklute (with Original Choreography by Mark Goldweber & Pamela Robinson-Harris)
1h 50m
Royal Theatre (805 Broughton Street at Blanshard)

Performance Dates

Fri. Feb. 1 • 730pm

Sat. Feb. 2 • 730pm

Ballet West has toured the world several times over presenting the very best in American classical ballet. Sweet and Bitter by Africa Guzmán (Spain) uses Ezio Bosso’s score as a source of inspiration “to find strength and sensitivity and transform the most classic lines to play with the limits of gravity.” Also on the program, you will be treated to the two famous duets from Swan Lake (the Black Swan and White Swan pas de deux) as reimagined by the company’s Artistic Director Adam SkluteNicolo Fonte’s Fox on the Doorstep is an abstract narrative recounting Fonte’s encounter with a white fox sitting on his doorstep, seemingly divining his elderly father’s passing only a few hours later.

“… undoubtedly the future for professional ballet, both classical and contemporary.” THE O’COLLY NEWS

Season sponsor: Derma Spa
Presenting sponsor: Tulipe Noire
Season Receptions sponsor: Tulipe Noire


Pre-show Chat

Artists of Ballet West in Nicolo Fonte's Fox on a Doorstep. Photo: Beau Pearson.

Join us before the show in the West Lobby for a discussion with Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West — facilitated by UVic’s Theatre Faculty Chair, Allana Lindgren. Our popular pre-show chats begin about 45 minutes prior to curtain and are free to all ticket holders.

2020/21 Dance at the Royal Season Suspended Due to COVID-19