Staging three world premieres, one United States premiere, one Ballet West premiere, three revivals, and the return of two cherished audience favorites.
BALANCHINEâ€™S BALLETS RUSSES THE NUTCRACKER GISELLE BOLERO & THE DREAM CHOREOGRAPHIC FESTIVAL SNOW WHITE PRESENTED BY BALLET WEST II COVER: PRINCIPAL ARTIST ADRIAN FRY SPREAD: PRINCIPAL ARTIST KATHERINE LAWRENCE & ARTIST DOMINIC BALLARD PHOTOS BY BEAU PEARSON
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PRINCIPAL ARTIST EMILY ADAMS & DEMI-SOLOIST HADRIEL DINIZ. THE PRODIGAL SON CHOREOGRAPHY BY GEORGE BALANCHINE © THE GEORGE BALANCHINE TRUST | PHOTO BY BEAU PEARSON
THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE
(Le Chant du Rossignol) UNITED STATES PREMIERE World Premiere: 1925, Théâtre National De L’Opéra, Paris, France Choreography: George Balanchine Sets & Costumes: After Henri Matisse Music: Igor Stravinsky (Reduction of Le Rossignol, the composer’s opera)
CELEBRATING THE 110TH ANNIVERSARY OF DIAGHILEV’S GROUNDBREAKING COMPANY
BALANCHINE’S BALLETS RUSSES Explore the origins of Balanchine’s choreographic genius in this historic triple bill, reconstructing his most significant early works while living in France. The Song of the Nightingale (Le Chant du Rossignol) is a tale of a mysterious songbird that cures an ailing Chinese emperor. What emerges is a parable about nature’s capacity to heal wounds, and the need for humanity to be led by beauty and light. Balanchine’s Apollo is as elegant and restrained as it is dramatic and powerful. His version follows the young god as he is ushered into adulthood by the muses of poetry, mime, and dance. Finally, Prodigal Son’s story of sin and redemption, taken from the Gospel of Luke, presents a universal message through an expressive score and provocative movement.
BALLET WEST PREMIERE World Premiere: 1928, Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt, Paris, France Choreography: George Balanchine Sets & Costumes: After original New York City Ballet 1950's designs Music: Igor Stravinsky
(Le Fils Prodigue) FIRST BALLET WEST REVIVAL SINCE SPRING 2009 World Premiere: 1929, Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt, Paris, France Choreography: George Balanchine Sets & Costumes: Georges Rouault Music: Sergei Prokofiev
BALANCHINE’S BALLETS RUSSES
The four years during which George Balanchine worked in France for Sergei Diaghilev’s legendary Ballets Russes influenced his lifelong choreographic aesthetic. These years also introduced him to iconic artists including Coco Chanel, Henri Matisse, Georges Rouault, and Igor Stravinsky.
Le Chant du Rossignol, costume designs by Henry Matisse, 1925.
Apollo Mussagète, first costumes, before Coco Chanel designs. Photo by Sasha Stewart. Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery.
At just 21, Balanchine first partnered with Stravinsky on The Song of The Nightingale. Their ensuing 46-year friendship produced some of the greatest ballets of the 20th century. Their second collaboration, Apollo, with costumes by Coco Chanel, was an instant success when it premiered in Paris in 1928 and brought Balanchine international recognition. In 1929, using Prokofiev’s expressive score, Balanchine choreographed Prodigal Son, an emotional and timeless retelling of the biblical parable. Both Diaghilev and Prokofiev died soon afterward, closing the chapter on a short-lived, but brilliant company and ushering Balanchine to the United States where he eventually founded the New York City Ballet and develop his iconic American style. The works on this triple bill are presented in chronological order to show the early developments of this master choreographer.
The Prodigal Son, backdrop by Georges Rouault.
PRINCIPAL ARTIST ADRIAN FRY. APOLLO CHOREOGRAPHY BY GEORGE BALANCHINE © THE GEORGE BALANCHINE TRUST PHOTO BY BEAU PEARSON
AMERICA'S FIRST NUTCRACKER
In 1944, critics were stunned when Christensen staged the first full-length Nutcracker in America. “We can’t understand why a vehicle of such fantastic beauty and originality would not be produced in its entirety in this country until now,” reported the Sacramento Union. It was produced on a shoestring budget, but captivated a nation. Now, during this momentous year and following a $3-million new production, see the original choreography, just as Mr. C intended it—and only at Ballet West.
World Premiere: 1944, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Utah Premiere: 1955, Kingsbury Hall Choreography: Willam Christensen Costumes: David Heuvel Scenic Design: John Wayne Cook Additional Scenic Design: Dick and Belinda Bird Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
ARTISTS OF BALLET WEST | COLOR PHOTOS BY BEAU PEARSON ARCHIVAL PHOTO BY ROBERT CLAYTON
FEB 7â€”15 2020
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FIRST BALLET WEST REVIVAL SINCE FALL 2014 World Premiere: 1841, Salle Le Peletier In Paris Ballet West Premiere: 1967, Capitol Theatre Reconceived and produced: 2014, by Adam Sklute after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot Costumes: David Heuvel Sets: Peter Cazalet Music: Adolphe Adam
FULL EVENING BALLET
ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED ROMANTIC BALLETS PRESENTED IN AN ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION
GISELLE Since its Paris premiere in 1841, Giselle has been an instant triumph with audiences. A love story, a ghost story, and a tale of forgiveness from beyond the grave, Giselle is about a peasant girl who falls in love with a nobleman, not knowing he is betrothed to another woman. When she finds out the truth, she goes mad and dies, only to become one of the Wilis, ghostly women who have been betrayed and must spend eternity haunting men. See why Giselle remains one of the most enduring masterpieces in ballet with this ethereal production reconceived by Artistic Director Adam Sklute.
DYNAMIC POWER AND COMEDIC TIMING ARE ON FULL DISPLAY IN THIS DOUBLE BILL
BOLERO & THE DREAM Buoyant and boisterous, this double bill features The Dream, Sir Frederick Ashton’s charming and hilarious Victorian retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s acclaimed Bolero returns, with Ravel’s commanding score leading the charge.
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FIRST BALLET WEST REVIVAL SINCE FALL 2009 World Premiere: 1964, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Ballet West Premiere: 1985, Capitol Theatre Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton Sets & Costumes: David Walker Music: Felix Mendelssohn (As arranged by John Lanchbery)
FIRST BALLET WEST REVIVAL SINCE FALL 2012 World Premiere: 2008, Oregon Ballet Theatre Ballet West Premiere: 2011, Capitol Theatre Choreography: Nicolo Fonte Costumes: Mark Zappone Lighting: Michael Mazzola Music: Maurice Ravel
NEW WORKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
EXPLORE BALLETâ€™S LIMITLESS HORIZONS
CHOREOGRAPHIC FESTIVAL The intimate Rose Wagner Theater will once again host renowned international companies, including Singapore Dance Theater, Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Ballet West for one week of explosive new works that will explore the future of ballet.
PRINCIPAL ARTIST BECKANNE SISK PHOTO BY BEAU PEARSON
BALLET WEST II FAMILY CLASSICS
A CLASSIC FAIRY TALE IS REBORN IN THIS MAGICAL, BRAND NEW PRODUCTION
SNOW WHITE The Grimmsâ€™ fairy tale receives an illustrious treatment in this Ballet West II world premiere. The newest installment in the Family Classics series, Snow White is presented in in just over an hour with guided narration and features the magic mirror, poisoned apple, and mysterious dwarves that will keep the entire family on the edge of their seats!
BALLET WEST PREMIERE Choreography: Pamela Robinson Harris and Peggy Dolkas Costumes: David Heuvel Music: Edvard Grieg, Gustav Mahler, and various composers
ARTIST OF BALLET WEST II PHOTO BY BEAU PEARSON
NOV 8â€”9 2019
A New Rhythm Perhaps the youngest music director of any major ballet company, Jared Oaks has elevated the Ballet West Orchestra to new heights in his 11 years working with the company. Not since his predecessor Maestro Terence Kern has the ensemble received such glowing reviews. “My mentor Terry Kern told me once during a rehearsal of Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, 'Don't forget the magic of it.' I think I've stayed true to that wisdom, and I look forward to many exciting seasons to come.” —Jared Oaks
"A chief luxury of this production is Jared Oaks' conducting of Tchaikovsky's score."
—The Washington Post
"Jared Oaks has affirmed his new appointment with the panache of a seasoned maestro. The Ballet West Orchestra has found its footing."
"The orchestra led by Jared Oaks in his inaugural season as music director is both dazzling and responsive."
—Front Row Reviewers
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THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF
America’s First Nutcracker The Nutcracker has become a household ballet over the past 75 years, but the story of how The Nutcracker came to America remains largely untold… until now. Join Ballet West as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker, the first full-length production created in the U.S. and now performed exclusively by Ballet West. In celebration of this anniversary, Ballet West has partnered with byutv to produce a documentary on the legacy left behind by Ballet West founder Willam Christensen: America’s first Nutcracker, which sparked a cultural phenomenon that has transcended generations to become a holiday tradition for millions of Americans each year.
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