In The Middle…Somewhat Elevated
Salt Lake City, USA
2 hrs (with two intermissions)
Ballet West is bringing 18 of their best dancers to Victoria in a full program that emphasizes the remarkable range of this company. Mercurial Landscapes is a beautifully choreographed meditation for eight couples set to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. William Forsythe’s is considered to be one of this dance innovator’s masterpieces. Finally, Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery, based on Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,’ is a chilling tale of conformity gone mad. The costumes and sets for this work effectively evoke small-town America in the late 1940s. Ballet West has been featured for two seasons in the hit reality television program Breaking Pointe.
From Balanchine to Bournonville and Petipa to Tharp, Ballet West boasts a rich and varied repertoire, elegant and versatile artists and an American style and legacy that is as dynamic, expansive and unexpected as the Rocky Mountain region it represents. Ballet West has toured the world several times over presenting the very best in American classical ballet. Since 2007, Artistic Director Adam Sklute, former dancer, Ballet Master and Associate Director of The Joffrey Ballet has further energized and expanded Ballet West’s remarkable repertoire with works by the most renowned choreographers of today such as Ulysses Dove, Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, and Stanton Welch. Sklute has also introduced the elegant historical masterpieces from the great Ballets Russes of the early 20th Century and continues to preserve Ballet West’s classical legacy. Sklute has further strengthened Ballet West’s heritage by introducing new creations by local, national and international choreographers.